|Project by cathyb||posted 07-03-2013 03:07 AM||1856 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
In addition to Cuban mahogany off cuts, I also have macadamia nut wood that I acquired about 8 years ago as wet two-foot long logs. For those who have never had the misfortune of working with this wood, let me save you some time. It is a bear to work with. It will check, crack, split, practically spit at you if you do anything meaningful in the way of woodworking. If you prevail, you might get a nice little box.
After fighting with this wood for a few days, I finally had a few pieces that were pretty clean. I laminated them to Cuban mahogany, because it is real stable and those woods look great together.
Just when I was praising myself for my progress, I created a little problem for myself. Do you see how the scallop for the base is the same scallop as the top of the side? Yep, that was a miss cut. GEEEZZZZZ…....
My philosophy on woodworking is a mistake is always the step in the right direction. I made the lid out of a one inch thick piece of Cuban mahogany, which is just about the nicest wood for carving that exists in the world (my personal opinion). I used my gouges to sculpt the edges of the four corners and then sanded them to achieve a shape that would match my scalloped edge. Then I took a piece of the macadamia nut and turned a knob on the lathe.
Honestly, I love this little box. It is fair superior to what it would have been without the scalloping.
I encourage anyone to take heart when a little miscue hurls you into a new direction.
Thanks for looking at this gem of box…....
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com