|Forum topic by TroutGuy||posted 04-13-2008 11:20 PM||1044 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
04-13-2008 11:20 PM
Sorry, but a bit of history is needed to ‘frame’ my question, so here goes…
This project started as a simple “Could you make a new frame for the medicine cabinet mirror, dear?”, from my beloved spouse. “No problem!”, I replied, without thinking. So, I decided to challenge my workshop a bit by making a really nice frame for it. My second mistake was making my first-ever visit to a nearby sawmill to look for something ‘interesting’ to make it out of. Talk about a candy store!!! But that’s another story entirely…
After spending an hour, totally entranced by the wide variety of choices, I selected this nice two-tone slab of silver maple – 11” – 13” wide x 7’ long x 15/16” thick (pic below). This slab came from near the center of the tree (no pith), so it’s essentially quartersawn. It’s straight enough that it should easily yield 3/4” x 9”+ stock, with prudent jointing/planing and ripping.
The thing that drew me to this particular slab, was that it appeared to be showing some ‘curly’ figure (pic below). Sure enough, I got it home, sanded a small area and it IS curly! Not ‘highly figured’, but enough to make it interesting.
Here’s where it gets ugly. I am now leaning towards making a whole new cabinet, since I have enough wood to do so. I’ll use the bottom section for the case and mirror frame, as it’s a bit more straight-grained. Then, I’m going to take the top of the slab (pic below), and resaw and bookmatch it for the back panel.
My question (finally)??? I have no experience working with figured stock. Is the ‘figure’ going to disappear, as I joint/plane it to thickness? Especially when I make the moulding for the mirror frame, which will be beveled (i.e. even more material will be removed from the face)?
The moral of the story: When you’re up to your a$$ in alligators, it’s hard to remember that the original plan was to drain the swamp.
Film at eleven…
-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...