|Project by cathyb||posted 09-22-2013 01:03 AM||2110 views||7 times favorited||29 comments|
This sapele rocker was a commission piece. The first three photos are the sapele rocker and the last is my latest koa rocker. Even though the wood is not bad looking, I won’t make a sapele rocker again. The biggest issue with sapele, other than the fact that it is a little brittle , is it’s reluctance to bend. My rockers have bent laminate rockers, head rest and back rest. From the outset that was a big issue. I added some koa to the rockers and the face of the head rest for looks. I absolutely needed help with the backrest with the double curve. In that case, of the six ply layers, two layers were tropical ash, one was koa and the final three were sapele. Even with help from bendable wood, cleaning up the backrest was tricky. It was still stiffer than a koa back rest.
The rocker is finished with four coats of General polyurethane.
As always, I appreciate your critiques and criticisms. Any words of wisdom are always welcomed.
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com