buginga slab projects #3: skim planing as well as some other achievments

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 01-24-2010 05:14 AM 2355 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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well over the past week i skim planer all of the lumber. it took quite awhile considering that to minimize tearout i had to take about 1/64” off of each board if not less while the board was wet with water to get a decent enough cut so that i can hand plane it without having to take off too much to remove the tearout. but honestly this stuff is just a whole different animal as far as wood goes its impossible to get it clean off of the planer. so here are some pictures of the skim planed wood. I struggled i get a good picture of the wood. but still it does look pretty amazing in the pictures.

also i’ve been cleaning the shop feverishly. trying to get everything in order so i can install my dust collector when it comes. today i got the bottom of my workbench top planed and soon i will be able to flip it over and start working on the actual top. I already have the end vise installed but i still have to install the twin screw.

And last but not least i got a pretty killer deal on some cherry today at the lumberyard.

i got about 50 bf of 9 and wider cherry for only 5.40 a board foot. which is pretty good for up here especially considering that i got one board that was 14” wide and two that were 15” wide. and all of the board except for one of them are free of sap wood (and i wanted sap wood to be on the one that it is on)

and also I’m very excited about this little piece of cherry that i got.

This end of one of the boards has what looks almost like a little crotch figure. I figure that I’f I’m making a small chest of drawers or something i will be able to use this for some really sweet matched drawer fronts. well thats all for now. just one or two more weeks and i will be going full steam ahead on these projects!

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 05:32 AM

Thats some nice looking wood.

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 06:17 AM

I know what you mean about the bubinga being tough to work. I glued up two boards for a bar top a while back, and tried to sand the glue joint flush…...........I wore out the aluminum oxide sanding disc I had on my random orbit sander. Good thing for me I know how to use a cabinet scraper!!! Nice cherry!! Pretty bubinga slabs!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 06:20 AM

oh yeah i couldn’t even imagine trying to flush a glue joint with a sander in this stuff. it doesn’t like to sand and it is sooo hard. I’m planning on hand planing this whole thing. It should look absolutely insane in the end.

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 06:46 AM

Great looking job. Some nice wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 01-24-2010 01:41 PM

The bubinga is simply gorgeous. I have never had the opportunity to work with any and can certainly see what I have been missing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 01-24-2010 04:19 PM


If you have someone local that has a high quality wide belt sander it will save you tons of planing, then you can get down to the high gloss finish with a scraper. Scraping is the way to go on dense woods like that. You should have a cabinet shop nearby that would help you out for a reasonable price.

Congrats on the cherry, glad to see you’re having so much fun!

-- "Sure, listen to what the experts have to say, just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking."

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#7 posted 01-24-2010 05:53 PM

that wood is amazing!

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#8 posted 01-24-2010 06:47 PM

Beautiful wood with awesome grain pattern. You’re one lucky dude, Denis!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 01-24-2010 11:06 PM

When you machine the Bubinga, does it smell like a trash dumpster? I noticed that when I was building my arch tables.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 01-25-2010 02:05 AM

Hmm ill have to give that a try. the only thing that i’m worried about is that Bubinga does not like to sand. I’ll have to see. I’m hand planing it and scraping it so either way its not a big deal.

Blake… i don’t remember haha… next time i’ll have to see though.

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 03:20 AM

Your work so far, like the bow front table, is of great quality, it is so good that anyone would be proud to have made it or to own it. It is so good that it could be upsetting to some woodworkers who yet to make any thing this desirable, even after decades and decades of trying. Looking forward to seeing your pie table and your other future projects! Oh by the way the 36 inch size would make the pie table WORLD class. How did you get started? Could you post a quick bio about yourself. It or link may be here but I have not found it. Keep up the great work.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 03:39 AM

Jolly good show Dennis keep up the good work

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