Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'sapele'

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Small Projects #54: Steampunk Stereo Weather Science Station

09-09-2021 02:24 AM by Madmark2 | 5 comments »

Blasting T. Dolby’s “Blinded by Science”! Steampunk Rulz! Shop has been on a bit of a hiatus for a couple of months. First, parts have been taking forever. Second, we’ve been waiting on the mini-split to be installed. SWMBO had cleaned in anticipation of the AC install and had vacuumed to the point that we were able to actually see the floor. Having been instructed to keep things clean and clear for the AC tech, sawdust production stopped. Things took a bit...

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Small Projects #46: Prism Stand

05-07-2021 03:46 AM by Madmark2 | 8 comments »

Bought SWMBO a crystal equilateral prism. Its 8” by 1-3/8” on each side. 8” crystal equilateral prism. Unfortunately it didn’t come with a stand or any way of mounting it. We have cats so just sitting it on the window sill will wind up with it broken on the tile floor. Clearly a stand is needed. To get a prism to refract the light you need to hold it at just the right angle. So the stand needs to let the prism rotate to the proper angle for optimum effect. ...

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Bookcase #4: Bottom Moulding and Legs

12-25-2019 09:59 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

Leaving aside the question of to fix a shelf or not for now, I moved on to the base moulding and legs. Stock was milled to stack up to leg thickness and to form the base moulding. I was out of Sapele at this point and had to go with Walnut. That is okay as the original plan implied a different wood for the base: This three of these went to the moulding pile and three were glued: The resulting wood was again milled and cut to leg length, then a dowel was inserted on center. ...

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Bookcase #3: Setbacks and Progress

12-21-2019 09:35 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 4 comments »

I was trying to get this done before company came for Christmas, but alas I am running out of time. The finish application will make the house, aka shop with bedrooms above, smell off for the gathering, so I have missed my window. This is a large item and I used corner squares for the glue up: The glue up was brutal, but that was my fault as something this size needs much more play in the joint than I gave it. I cheated though and seated one end and clamped it without glue, then g...

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Bookcase #2: Only Joint I know

12-20-2019 04:38 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

With the inlay done and the top and bottom cut to finished length, the next step is to join the two. I really only know one joint and that is a dove tail. I laid out some tight pins at 11 degrees: For me the key to a great dovetail is a perfect tail (no snickering). If you get them perfectly at a right angle to the face, the joint is likely to work. For this reason I use either a band saw or table saw for the cut. In this case I did the cut with the table saw: This was ...

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Bookcase #1: Have to start somewhere.

12-19-2019 04:29 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 8 comments »

A friend with very different aesthetics than me wanted a bookcase, so a rough plan was drawn up. I an not a fan, but she loves it and it is not my usual Arts and Crafts look: What the case lacks in design, it makes up for with some marquetry work. Sapele was picked up at the local lumber yard as they had a good amount on hand: Milled and rough cut, it has some fantastic grain: The pattern was laid out: Inlay installed and the panel scrapped: I am thinkin...

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Built in Bookcase #1: The project

10-16-2019 08:07 PM by Timothy | 0 comments »

I I am in the process of building the above built-in bookcase for my daughter’s home. As usual, it is taking way longer than it really should. What can I say? The drawing doesn’t show it, but the base will be raised up an additional 3 inches, and it will be about 6 inches deeper than the shelving above. It will have sliding doors on the bottom unit.. Preparing the tracks has added a lot of work, as I have custom made them. I could have bought some, but I wanted them to be S...

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No more brushing Lacquer

09-20-2018 08:42 PM by Woodwrecker | 11 comments »

My good friend Barry Reiter, who is an “elder” in our woodworkers guild (CFWG.ORG), and a retired chemical engineer put on a presentation last week on spraying lacquer.His depth of knowledge and experience made the presentation very enjoyable and I learned a lot.I hope there is a part 2 and maybe 3, because the hour allotted just wasn’t long enough. Anyway, I got the bug for trying out what I learned, and the next day in the shop I took out my little detail HVLP 4oz spray...

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Guitar Pedalboard Build

08-09-2018 12:51 AM by wrenchhead | 2 comments »

I made this homemade guitar pedalboard to clean up the cables and effects pedals I have. This was a fun woodworking project that only took a few hours over the weekend to complete. I used sapele wood and dovetail joinery to make this board. I installed a power inlet and a couple of 1/4” jacks to help with cord and cable management. I used General finishes Arm-R-Seal for a durable finish and added a .250 rubber feet so the pedal board doesn’t slide around. Thanks for watching ht...

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Shop Notes #20: Odd Custom Projects

05-03-2018 03:25 PM by Steve | 2 comments »

I generally see a trickle of custom requests in my shop, so it’s unusual to have two under way at the same time. The first was a soap cutting device for a friend who makes and sells boutique soap. Essentially, it’s cutting wires strung over a frame, then hinged so the entire device can be pulled down through a large cake of soap. Most of the comparables I saw on Etsy were bolted together plywood contraptions. I used some scrap maple for the frame with lap joints and dowels at t...

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