|Project by lumbermeister||posted 09-07-2013 11:59 PM||1674 views||7 times favorited||2 comments|
This project, based on The Wood Whisperer’s Weekend Wall Shelf, I built it for my daughter to display her various trophies. I let her come with me to the lumber yard and choose the wood – she chose padauk and Peruvian Walnut (she wanted a different wood for each shelf – but I nixed that due to the cost. This would was expensive enough!).
The wood is finished with a base of dewaxed shellac, followed by a few top coats of Arm-R-Seal. The shellac brought out a brilliant red hue in the Padauk, and also caused its color to run, as you can see via a red blotch on my workbench adjacent to a corner.
The Padauk stem was from 8/4 wood and, lacking a jointer at the time of this project (just took delivery of a new Grizzly G0604X jointer which I will review upon gaining more familiarity with it), was relatively easy to mill via a simple planer sled, as the 8/4 wood tends not to flex under the pressure of the planer’s rollers. The 4/4 peruvian walnut required shims placed between it and the planer sled wherever it was bowed.
For what it is worth, peruvian walnut cost approx. $ 10.50/board foot, although, in my experience, that may be worth it relative to many cuts of American black walnut, as the peruvian wood is so much cleaner and clear of knots.