As I have mentioned in a few places, I am in the middle of moving my workplace. Which is where my shop is. It’s going to be at LEAST another month before I get to unpack, maybe more. Things are in an annoying limbo.
I went down to the old place today to bang out a few things. I had more ideas in mind but they have to wait. Humidity and I are having a raging battle and I’m on the loosing side of the war. Sigh.
But, I had a stack of designs I had cut earlier that needed some basic work done – pocket cut-outs and some keyhole hangers.
My pile back home at the end of the day.
You’ll have to see what I do with them… I have 2 finished pieces, one of which will be going up tomorrow. The other, in a day or two.
Of the 18 pieces I brought home with me today, 2 are relief sculptures (of the same design but different woods/finishes), 5 are carvings (made to look like lino-types!) and the remaining are clocks. I like the clocks…
Could I get some wood ID help from you all?
I initially thought this was cherry – is it? I paid closer attention to it today and noticed the lines – spalting?
Same board. This was the end bit of it. The board was initially something like 6-7 feet long and I cut it into smaller pieces.
If you get your glasses on and squint real hard (or click through and view “big”, and then squint) you can see some figure in the corner of that (also same board) that looks kind of like the figure usually seen in oak. It’s all over this board, in different degrees of subtle.
Last of this board I think. This is the other end – you can see how flaky the wood is on the tips. I had a few chunks blow out in the planer and they just peeled right off. The good news is it adds character for what I’m doing.
Smells amazing, but not like cherry.
I lied. Last picture of this board. You can see the figure I was talking about way better.
And after I coated that with some wax – holy moly. Really brought out the grain :-) You’ll have to wait on that one though, because the wax was just a test to see if I liked how it looked. It’s not done, or even painted, yet.
This is oak (right? haha) but I don’t know anything beyond that. Can you tell what kind of oak it is by the appearance alone? It smelled REALLY intense – not punky at all but very campfire.
This is a different board entirely. To be honest I’m not quite sure where this piece came from, lol. Despite looking kind of pale, it’s actually just as dark – if not slightly darker – than the first board of which I showed you many photos. Very reddy. This is also spalted, yes? Any idea what it is? It’s NOT maple, I’m quite certain. I’ve never seen maple turn golden-red with shellac and it smelled fruity.
Thought this was maple. Did not pay attention to the smell when I was working with it because, as you can see, they are not clocks so the cutting time was short. (The pocketing took 15-20 minutes so it smelled up the whole shop, good or bad)
Same board, different piece. You acn see the rough edges on the top, of this one.
What caught me offguard with this one is that while by appearance I would just write it off as maple, I painted one of the pieces from this board tonight. It felt FAR different than the maple I am used to. (It’s the most common wood I work in) Usually maple is very fun to paint – it burnishes easily so the paint kind of glides over it and slowly soaks in. This is super absorbent, just soaking up the paint and actually drying out my brush. Worse than painting poplar! It’s also extremely dense (so not poplar, right? aside from not really looking like it either.) The bright side I guess is that the piece was dry by the time I was done painting.. haha. If it is maple, it’s a different kind than I usually work in – ideas?
I’d appreciate any suggestions.
And as long as I’m making a blog post, here’s one for the humour bin for you all since you seemed to like that other example of me using my CNC sheet router for overkill.
I used it to rabbet my box edges. Did not finish – was having some mathematical difficulties – but I got the basics done. Let’s file this one under “girl needs a router table”.