Matai shelf

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Project by charlie posted 11-05-2018 03:03 AM 638 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Design from Paul Sellers’ book Working Wood 1&2.

The matai I used for this project was from an old tree that had very weird grain. So unlike normal matai, this grain was very difficult to work with! As a result, there is some tearout on this shelf.

But on the upside… I learned heaps about smoothing difficult grains!!

I did all the stock prep by hand (VIP in this case was a Veritas toothed blade for my LAJ), which took significant time. Joinery was relatively quick, just knocking out some housing dadoes and some stub and through tenons. I sanded the faces to 1000 grit, chamfered all the edges, went over everything with a card scraper, then finished with Danish oil. Worked out beautifully!

Done with all hand tools.

-- unplugged in NZ

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#1 posted 11-06-2018 02:03 AM

Simple yet great looking design. Hadn’t heard of Matai, I had to go look it up.

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