Finished Island Wrapping Projects - Feedback and Questions from Experts

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Project by kyngfish posted 03-23-2019 05:50 PM 706 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after nearly a year of being in my new house, I finally finished the interior with this very pretty Sapele island wrap. I learned a ton, and really had to make a few compromises, it isn’t perfect – namely because I have no power planer or jointer, and had to do it all with hand planes and sanders – my Bosch job site table saw and my Makita sliding miter.

I’m fairly new at this, and I had to pull some shenanigans in order to get the beveled corners to match up, and to get the boards to join properly. I finished it off with a coat of Oslo Polyx Satin Wax, and I’ll probably add one or two more coats to give it a slight sheen.

After sort of bludgeoning my way through this, I’d appreciate pointers or feedback from people who know, especially since I plan on using long boards again to make some patio furniture and tables.

After this, I think a planer and jointer at minimum are a must. It was a ton of work, but overall I’m pretty pleased for my sophomore effort of a carpentry project (first project was a set of backloaded horns).

If anyone can give me feedback on my biggest headaches for this project:

- Joining long boards. This was really hard and ultimately I did the best I could with an old Stanley No. 7, but it wasn’t 100% perfect

- Planing. The panel was NOT flat, I basically used the plywood backing for the island to make it flat, and it turned out OK, but that won’t cut it for a table

- Long 45 degree bevels. This was just too big for my Bosch job site saw, and my festool track saw just didn’t do a good job on those longer bevels, mainly because the guide isn’t as accurate when beveled. Thought about routing it, but the router bits I saw usually left a flat edge.

Pics in gallery.

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#1 posted 03-23-2019 11:52 PM

Great looking piece. A bevel that long would be a challenge on a well tuned cabinet saw and impossible on the long end. Looks amazing for the tools you had. I think I would have wimped out and did a thin rabbit joint, with just a small bit of end grain exposed.

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#2 posted 03-24-2019 07:07 AM

Looks great.

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#3 posted 03-24-2019 05:34 PM

There’s a technique for “match jointing” two boards with a track saw. You simply butt together the board edges to be joined, and then take a pass down the joint with your track saw. The saw should be positioned with the blade centered on the seam, such that the match-jointing pass cuts both boards simultaneously.

I’ve tried the technique, and it works beautifully. Check out this video for an excellent demonstration.

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#4 posted 03-26-2019 01:18 AM

I think I would have wimped out and did a thin rabbit joint, with just a small bit of end grain exposed.

Thanks – I think it’s a minor miracle but except from some minor things, it turned out awesome. I think in an ideal situation you fit each plank individually (if you have a planer and jointer) and that makes the bevel better? But maybe not. And that would have required a lot of sanding inside the house which wouldn’t really have made the wife happy.

The bevel was tricky, but thankfully the bevel was mostly right on with most of the boards, and about a 32nd off in one or two areas. Some very minor filling and some sanding made the corner perfect – and I love the look.

Would not do again without the planer and jointer.

Thanks for the feedback.

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