|Project by LeTurbo||posted 01-24-2014 09:20 AM||1149 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
Hello Lumberjocks! I’ve hung around here for a while, so now it’s time to get involved. It looks like a great community (and Monte, thank you for the personal welcome despite everything you’ve been through).
This is actually an old project, done about 12 years ago. There was a lumber yard (rarewoods.co.za – now also in the U.S., I believe) that had a warehouse attached where they sold “commercially unviable” wood – the stuff with warps and checks and splits and other nasties. I picked up two pieces of yellowwood for about U$3.50 (or less now, as our currency goes into freefall). The top is made of these … the corners were all mitred at 45 degrees, and then I got to the slip-sliding as I tried to glue up. Eventually, I solved that by stitching it together with 3mm dowels used as subtle decorative accents on the top.
Incidentally, yellowwood (podocarpus latifolius) is South Africa’s national tree – the wood is now protected and very, very rare. It’s similar to yew.
The kiaat legs were from a stock my Dad had kept since the 1950’s. Truth be told, I’d prefer them to be slightly thicker, but I was designing as I went along. I get impatient with technical drawings (and Sketch-Up drives me completely mad) so I usually just work from a sketch.
And kiaat (pterocarpus angolensis) is also protected. It’s a spicy-smelling wood, quite peppery and gives you the sneezes. Other names are wild teak, mukwa or bloodwood.