|Forum topic by Rob||posted 03-24-2014 03:32 PM||1512 views||0 times favorited||27 replies|
03-24-2014 03:32 PM
I was browsing in my local lumberyard (U.S. Mahogany Corp. Matawan NJ) on Friday afternoon. It’s on my way home from work (good for me, bad for my bank account), and while looking for nothing really in particular, I came across a really nice board of Sapele in the “Exotics/Special Woods” section. It was calling out to me and even though I had zero purpose for it at the time, I knew if I purchased it I would eventually come up with something. So I made an impulse purchase. Considering my history and immature nature of just tossing money away like it’s nothing, this isn’t that bad. Last impulsive purchase I made was a car…just sayin. Anyway so here it is; I threw some min spirits over it real quick just to bring out the grain for the pic. Sorry if pic quality sucks. I didn’t feel like looking for my good camera.
It’s been a month now. At first I had it tucked away in a corner. But last week, I propped it up in on my outfeed/assembly table, so I would have to constantly look at it, and maybe inhibiting some sort of inspirational magic in the process. I apparently have none of that. I have thought of everything from wine racks to cigar boxes, to a lightstand or a slim threshold/hallway table. Although every one of those ideas would probably be a worthy skill honing experience, the latter being my favorite, none of them excite me. And that is how I usually decide to build something. When I get excited thinking about building and finishing it.
*I also thought about using it as a suspension lighting fixture in my kitchen (sort of like the picture below). That would actually be the best option for displaying the ‘figured’ grain in its entirety, without really having to cut it up, and would look awesome the way my kitchen is set up.
-- Rob, Middletown NJ