|Project by lobro4||posted 04-30-2013 04:49 PM||874 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
So Justin comes up to me at work and says to me, “I need and end table and I don’t want to waste my money on some piece of junk.” He gave me some parameters and I went to work. I wandered up and down the aisle at Metro Hardwoods and of all things they had Sassafras on sale. Sassafras? I was struck by a wood that had a strong grain pattern (like plain sawn ash or oak) but was a uniform color throughout (unlike oak) and a handsome color (and not so pale like ash). I was not going to pass up the chance to work with an off the beaten path wood. I was not disappointed. The wood worked like a dream—enough said. A very pleasant surprise was the aroma. I would describe it as a mix between cinnamon and camphor—made the whole shop smell really clean. The wood does get pale after sanding but darkens again with light/air exposure.
Finished dimensions are 20” x 20” x 24”. The legs are 2” square and glued up from 4/4 stock. The tops are 4/4 and glued up from 3 separate boards. Mortise and tenon joinery on the aprons which are 2” wide as well. Sanded to 180. Finished with BLO and then three layers of Arm R Coat with a 400 grit scuffing between coats. Finish is buffed out with brown paper.
One last surprise after finishing was the grain pattern on the panels. Plain sawn cathedrals are dominant but mixed in are some ray-fleck grain. Not sure if you can pick it up on the pictures but theres a good deal of chatoyance in all light levels. It has everything and is really attractive to the eye.
So here’s to you, my bachelor friend Justin. Now that cold drink and that favorite book will always be right at hand. Enjoy.
-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!