|Forum topic by cathyb||posted 277 days ago||1837 views||2 times favorited||22 replies|
277 days ago
As some of you know, I was commissioned to make a sapele rocking chair last month. The chair turn out okay. Okay to me a real bummer, since so many other woods could have been better, but the customer is always right. Darn. So just when I was recovering from my sapele nightmare, I am working on a cabinet the fits under a bow window. It is six feet long, twenty inches deep and three feet high. It has an open display area between the cabinet on the bottom and the top. It is a pretty complicated piece with all the angles. The worse part is he wanted SAPELE. Oh my God! To add to the nightmare, he wanted the sapele stained with a red mahogany stain to match the other stained cabinets in his home. I get that.
I spent quite a bit of time trying to find some boards with nice grain only to have that grain buried under the stain. Frankly, that makes me sick! Yesterday, I cut the top that I had glued together. I had a little extra wood from that step, so I added the stain. The curly (yes it can have some curl) figure disappeared. I shouldn’t be surprised by this but now I’m in my rebel mode. I initially tried to convince him to go with Brazilian cherry. There is a wood with some character. Admittedly cherry is heavy and I’ll be taking some Alleve once this is all done, but I can’t have a bland looking piece of sapele on the top of my cabinet. To me, that would be akin to topping a wedding cake with a straw!
Has anyone else had trouble with sapele? There is a lot of it out there. It is inexpensive, but I can’t take on another commission with that wood. Seriously….....
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com