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cathyb

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432 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany milling

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 …
So this year I decided that my stored lumber piles are completely off limits until I make a dent in the small stock that I have been storing for most of my woodworking career. It seemed logical to make boxes. I’m up to twenty boxes so far and things were going pretty well until I decided to dig into the really special stuff.

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.
This might take a few days and I will photograph the process. Just giving you a heads up. I think this could be fun. Have any of you LJ’s tried this before?
Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com


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vonhagen

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#1 posted 432 days ago

your not alone cathy , my pile grows and grows then turns into build up or cleating. it is a shame but i don’t have room for it all.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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Boxguy

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#2 posted 432 days ago

Kathy,

Since I am working with recycled wood I feel a little more free to dispose of the smaller scraps…well, except for those really special pieces that I keep in a box. I will be interested to see what you are doing with yours. Keep us posted.

Today I started a box with a Zebrawood top and a Persimmon sides. I think the colors will blend really well. The Zebrawood was a cut off from a local factory.

-- Big Al in IN

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 432 days ago

Sounds like you challenged yourself to be resourceful using those cutoffs rather than starring at them any longer. It is so much easier to grab for the new stock, but with little imagination one can build some impressive things. As far as laminating for a specific thickness, I have just used plain pine or plywood with the hardwood to achieve my goal for finishing a project to keep the cost down. I would resaw say 3/4’’ purpleheart in 1/2 or 1/4’s then back it with the filler. Of course I only did this where it couldn’t be seen so not to ruin the project. Good luck.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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mbs

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#4 posted 432 days ago

Please post some Pics.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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cathyb

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#5 posted 432 days ago

The pictures will be coming. I promise.
Dave, I guess the thickness issue is more of using up those resawn pieces of cherry. Granted it will be a lot of work to achieve this result. If that wood didn’t mean so much to me, I could easily let it go. It was the first wood that used as a carver and as a professional woodworker. For that reason, it has a degree of reverence for me. As I work with it, my mind floods with so many memories. In a way, I guess it’s more cathartic than logical.
Al, I think this will be a good project for you too. In my mind’s eye, a box is a chance to use all your skills. I want to challenge myself to make a unique looking box.
Game on!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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cathyb

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#6 posted 432 days ago

These are the first images of the milled lumber. I’ll start gluing tomorrow…...

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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vonhagen

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#7 posted 432 days ago

what ever you make i know it will be a work of art.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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stefang

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#8 posted 432 days ago

”I don’t think I’m alone in holding onto those precious off cuts that are just too special to toss out”

That is a bit of an understatement Cathy. Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 432 days ago

I think most of us have truckloads. Your journey will be followed.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 432 days ago

Kathy I’m like you I just see throwing out something that can be made something from. I just recently posted a project of some bowls I made from scraps. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/84367

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Kate

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#11 posted 432 days ago

Sounds great. What a way to use the small stuff.

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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#12 posted 432 days ago

I actually just got done with a panel glue up from my cut offs. If I rip a board and have a piece that is 3/4 square it gets put in a bucket. I just glued up a panel of these that I am using to make a stool for my 2 yr old that im lovingly calling “the ugly stool”. You are definitely not alone.

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revieck

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#13 posted 432 days ago

Kathy, what a way to use those cut offs… I know it will turn out just fine…. it always turns out that way for people who live in paradise!!... It’s been 10 years, think Hawaii will let me come back now?

-- Some minds are like concrete - thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

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doubleDD

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#14 posted 432 days ago

Now I see where your coming from. And thats some beautiful wood by itself, besides the attachment you have for it. Make one of those what cha ma call it things, those always turn out special. Keep us posted.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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cathyb

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#15 posted 431 days ago

Randy the bandsaw bowls are great! Hmm, I’ll have to think of them the next time, because there will always be more off cuts!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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