Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'mahogany'

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Converting a Garage into a Wood Shop + #3: Adding Wood Storage to Garage!

11-30-2019 06:03 AM by CaptainKlutz | 0 comments »

Today’s blog is about storing wood in garage with limited space. I completed this work about a week ago. Since area above the garage doors is already designated as ‘attic’ space for house hold items in blog post #2, that space is gone. Only option is to use a wall rack. Bought a pair of 48” tall 6 shelf lumber racks from Woodcraft on sale ~15 years ago, and like everything else that old in my shop; they have been used in 3 different homes, and now get installed...

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Building a Semi Elliptical table with a gilded silverleaf top

11-21-2019 11:56 PM by BenhamDesign | 6 comments »

This was a fun build that stretched many of my skills. Figuring out all the angles to produce the segmented edge along the top, was a lot of fun. The gilding process for the silver leaf is something I plan on exploring more textures and colors in the future, and using the spokeshave to shape the legs was awesome. Definitely an underutilized tool in my shop. The table is made from African Mahogany. The top is gilded with silver leaf, and then a patina was applied with sulfur potash to ad...

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Wood Finishing #1: Varnish vs Polyurethane

09-20-2019 03:48 PM by John Smith | 3 comments »

Varnish vs. Polyurethane Before we dig into the details, let’s talk about why we need different finishes for outdoor applications. Any wood that is used outside is going to be exposed to a wide range of climate conditions, as well as a good dose of damaging UV rays. These elements serve to break down the finish over time. Furthermore, changes in humidity cause the wood to expand and contract, and a standard indoor finish (such as polyurethane) would simply crack and deteriorate under these...

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Krenov Cabinet #2: Dry fit of base

09-13-2019 01:03 AM by Kaelin Quigley | 3 comments »

Here is the legs and aprons joined with biscuits. Nothing is glued up nor square though. Aprons 3 1/4” wide and 9 1/8” and 18” long

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Building A Cuttaway Acoustic Guitar #4: Part 4: Rosette, Bracing and Gluing the Top

09-10-2019 10:23 PM by DMiller | 5 comments »

Well folks, its been a while! I am now in my senior year of high school and unfortunately, time is not slowing down! I haven’t had a lot of time to work on the guitar this past summer, but I really have enjoyed the time I have had. Looking back at my last blog makes me feel like since my last post not a lot has happened; in reality I feel like I understand how to build a guitar and the order everything is assembled much better. The rosette has taken just about the most time creating-...

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Krenov Cabinet #1: Legs-the Krenov curve

09-05-2019 11:53 PM by Kaelin Quigley | 5 comments »

Krenov style cabinet based off of dimensions in Fine woodworking issue no. 208. I am using both Philippine Mahogany and either elm burl or something exotic for the door fronts. I enjoy the curve of the se legs, they almost look like hooves on a camel. All the mahogany will be stained to appear darker and like its more expensive counterparts.

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Greene & Greene Thorsen Sideboard #4: Material Prep

09-03-2019 03:47 AM by TungOil | 4 comments »

With my design work essentially complete, it’s time to start rough cutting the Sapele for the solid wood parts. I start with the lower stretchers. Using the pattern routing templates, I lay out the parts to align the grain on some 8/4 stock. After rough cutting the overall shape on the bandsaw, I joint one face and one edge of the boards, then plane to clean up the other side. Then, it’s back to the bandsaw to resaw the parts, followed by another trip to the planer for a final clea...

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Greene & Greene Thorsen Sideboard #3: Sideboard Design

08-27-2019 01:39 AM by TungOil | 4 comments »

For the design work on this sideboard, I start by purchasing a copy of the original Greene & Greene drawing for the Thorsen House Furniture from the digital archives at USC. There are no dimensions, but having visited the Huntington Library last year I have the overall size of the piece which allows me to scale the drawing and get very close. Combined with the photos I took of the original, I am able to draw up the sideboard in CAD to the point of being able to create the drawings neede...

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Greene & Greene Thorsen Sideboard #2: Bolection inlay class

08-22-2019 02:07 AM by TungOil | 8 comments »

The bolection inlay class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking was well worth the 10 hour drive. Reid Eric Anderson taught the class over a weekend. The class project was a small portion of the inlay from the Thorsen House sideboard. Reid uses a combination of CNC and laser cutting to create the recesses and pieces for the inlay. He developed a clever method that uses a secondary working panel (shown on the left below) with slightly oversized recesses to allow carving of the inlay pieces....

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2 Minute Tonewoods #2: 5 Ways to tell African Mahogany from Genuine Mahogany

08-20-2019 08:01 PM by Steve | 0 comments »

I always hesitate to write a blog post, either here or on our website has the potential to make me look…well, dumb. It’s much easier on the ego to write one of those self-serving humble brags under the guise of teaching something. ”Let me tell you about the time I lost a 20 million dollar account…” So it is with trepidation that I made a Youtube video about the difficulty of correctly identify African Mahogany (Khaya) verses Genuine Mahogany (Honduran Ma...

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