|Project by cathyb||posted 363 days ago||1663 views||2 times favorited||31 comments|
Monday is the day to turn in my pieces for the upcoming Woods of Hawaii Show. I called this piece “Life Force” because it took all the force that life gave me to get it come together. As you all well know, you can always trace those contemptible pieces to the first step. This is how this saga began:
I had this beautiful koa that I had paid $60 bf. At those prices I thought I had a temporary mental breakdown when I shelled out that cash, but come on aren’t those boards some of the prettiest you’ve ever seen? I have had this wood for four years and thought it would be a great choice for the wood show.
For those of you who work with curly wood, you know how challenging it can be. My initial plan was to do a two ply lamination. It started that way for the four legs. The pieces were wide and even with a more stable piece of wood laminated to the boards, it still wanted to cup. Geez! I hate that. So I pulled out more of that wood and realized that now I would have a four ply lam, with koa, more stable select koa, plywood, and more curly koa. Hooray that gave me the stability that I needed and in the process some extremely heavy legs.
The construction at this point was a dado and tongue for the shelf and the legs are dadoed, glued and screwed into the top. After wrestling with this for the past two weeks, it is finally done. It is not what I originally had intended because the addition of the plywood eliminated any addition shaping that I had planned on the legs, which disappoints me, because the design becomes ho hum.
In the end, I achieved one of my major objectives which was to share this beautiful wood. Check that box. There’s always next year and I am a little wiser now.
The dimensions are 24 wide by 21 deep by 22 1/2 tall. I finished it with General semi-gloss poly.
Thanks for looking and your suggestions and comments are always appreciated.
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com