|Forum topic by cathyb||posted 05-19-2013 03:09 AM||2359 views||1 time favorited||29 replies|
05-19-2013 03:09 AM
I don’t think I’m alone in holding onto those precious off cuts that are just too special to toss out. You can bet where I am going with this …
I have some 12 year old Cuban mahogany burl that were in chunks leftover from my carving days. The average size was 10/4 by 4” by 4”. I’ve now spent four hours milling these blocks into manageable pieces. Then off to the resaw bandsaw to thickness most of them to 3/8” and about 25% of them to 3/4” thick. Next I took a sheet of 3/4” ply cut 24” by 24” and cut strips of carpet tape to hold my little piece of wood in place and made a layer of those to be run through my drum sander. I had enough wood to do this four times. Once all the wood had a fresh face, I put them in piles according to color and grain. My objective is to make a mahogany burl mosaic.
This is my plan: I have pieces of cherry that had been resawn to 1/4” awhile back and they needed a job. Those pieces are 16” long and 6” to 8” wide. I’m going to use them as a backer board for my mahogany mosaic. First I have to edge join my pieces three at a time to give them some more width. Remember most pieces aren’t longer than 3” or 4”. Once I have my triads, I’ll laminate them to cherry of the same length. I plan to continue this process until all those pieces have a cherry backing. With that accomplished, I’ll clean up the edges and add those laminates to a larger piece of cherry to create a three layered laminate of the 3/4” thickness necessary for my box sides and lids.
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com