|Project by Eddie G||posted 02-14-2014 06:11 PM||1178 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
Happy Valentine’s Day. Here is my latest project. Recently my wife went with me to the lumber store and fell in love with Purple Heart wood. Ah-ha…. So I returned the next day and purchased a plank with the intention to make her something. What, I was not sure yet. Some ideas were a jewelry box, a heart shaped band saw box, or … I got it! She hangs all her necklaces on the mirror and they are endlessly tangled. So I had my project and I had my wood…. So, I did some book learnin’ on Peltogyne or Purple Heart wood (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peltogyne ). Okay so this stuff is dense… hard and difficult to cut without burning saw marks into it that are very difficult to sand out. My band saw was unable to resaw the wood. I had to take it to the table saw. As you can see, I burned the wood in the process. Gluing is another adventure. My bookend joint refused to bond. Until I took my xacto knife and etched the joining edges with criss crosses. Then I decided to border / frame the plank with Ebony. Joining everything and using every clamp I owned…success. I considered laminating the project to a thin plywood sheet to facilitate holding it all together but decided against it so my valentine would see the back side… and all the trouble I went through to make her this Necklace Rack. After 3 days of sanding and another 3 of applying finish… and finally installing the brass hardware… She loved it
-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.