|Project by BillG||posted 03-03-2014 02:37 PM||861 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This is a side table made out of sassafras that I picked up a couple of years ago. It was a yard tree that was taken down and sawn into boards. I have made few projects from the wood and really like the way it works. The look is similar to ash, however, it is softer and the color is light brown with interesting cinnimon burls sprinkled through out the wood. In the picture of the top, I highlighted the swirled grain and burls.
I know the proportions of the table are a bit off, but the size of the piece is specific to where is will be placed. I also wanted a deeper drawer which created the larger than normal aprons. When in place, you will only be able to see the top and front as it will be in a corner between a sofa and a wall.
The piece was built using an mix of machines and hand tools. I used hand cut dovetails in the drawer and cross stretcher on top of the drawer opening, and regular mortise and tendon joinery is used for the rest of the stretchers. The drawer pull is mahogany and uses four pieces of wood in it construction. There is a recess on the bottom of the pull for a finger catch and is attached with a thru mortice and wedged in place.
I finished it with a final sanding to 220 grit and used amber shellac as a seal coat followed by three coats of General Finishes “Enduro-Var” in a satin level of gloss. The Enduro-Var is an exceptional water based finish. I think it superior to most other water based finishes. I have used it in the brush on form as well as the spray. I both cases I have been impressed.
If you get a chance, build something with sassafras, I am sure you will like it as much as I do.
-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA