End table set - build #4: Off to the lumber store

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Blog entry by Ottacat posted 02-01-2014 03:05 PM 1288 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The next step in the build was to head off t my local hardwood supplier for a piece of 8/4 cherry for the legs of the tables. My go to supplier here in Ottawa is KJP Hardwoods. They are a really nice family owned and run business. The have an extremely broad selection of wood – both in variety of species and good quantities of all the common ones.

I was able to get a nice sized piece of 8/4 cherry. I didn’t know whether sapwood would ebonize differently so I got a piece that was almost all heartwood. The grain would be mostly hidden by the ebonizing and each leg was going to be 1 1/4” wide so I got a piece just wide enough to cleanly get four legs which translated into a piece about 6” wide. The stock lengths were pretty much all 8’.

Time to head home.

I don’t have a truck or a trailer so I have to mission all my hardwood home in my car. I can fit 8’ lengths of 8/4 wood by dropping the passenger seat and laying them from the back deck to the front dash. I usually have a dish drying mat that I use as a cushion for the front dash but I forgot it today. Needless to say this is a one-person trip.

Oh look, a couple of pieces of walnut slipped in and followed me home. That seems to happen a lot…

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 05:04 AM

Those walnut boards are sneaky that way, happens to me pretty regularly as well..

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 01:28 PM

I know, one trip its a couple of walnut boards, the next previous one a really nice piece of canary wood, the time before that it was some figured maple…

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