Kiaat, Yellowwood ... all South African

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Project by LeTurbo posted 01-24-2014 09:20 AM 2448 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks! I’ve hung around here for a while, so now it’s time to get involved. It looks like a great community (and Monte, thank you for the personal welcome despite everything you’ve been through).

This is actually an old project, done about 12 years ago. There was a lumber yard ( – now also in the U.S., I believe) that had a warehouse attached where they sold “commercially unviable” wood – the stuff with warps and checks and splits and other nasties. I picked up two pieces of yellowwood for about U$3.50 (or less now, as our currency goes into freefall). The top is made of these … the corners were all mitred at 45 degrees, and then I got to the slip-sliding as I tried to glue up. Eventually, I solved that by stitching it together with 3mm dowels used as subtle decorative accents on the top.

Incidentally, yellowwood (podocarpus latifolius) is South Africa’s national tree – the wood is now protected and very, very rare. It’s similar to yew.

The kiaat legs were from a stock my Dad had kept since the 1950’s. Truth be told, I’d prefer them to be slightly thicker, but I was designing as I went along. I get impatient with technical drawings (and Sketch-Up drives me completely mad) so I usually just work from a sketch.

And kiaat (pterocarpus angolensis) is also protected. It’s a spicy-smelling wood, quite peppery and gives you the sneezes. Other names are wild teak, mukwa or bloodwood.

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#1 posted 01-24-2014 11:01 AM

Interesting design. Welcome to lumberjocks (groet tafelberg vir my)

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 01:01 PM

Love it!

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 04:04 PM

WOW!! Very nice looking piece! I am looking to make some benches, mantels, coffee tables, etc., native woods here in south Texas. Every time I look at the various projects here, like yours, I get fresh ideas and more excited about working on them. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Tom in Spring Branch

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#4 posted 01-24-2014 04:06 PM

Looks great.

-- Jojy, Dallas

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 12:43 PM

Deon, die berg se dankie dat jy dit onthou, en stuur groete terug! It must be awesome living in Italy though… Thanks everyone for your comments. Sorry about the poor pics – they’re scanned off old 35mm slides, bwahaha! There’s a retro thread right there.

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#6 posted 01-29-2014 03:02 PM

Unique and beautiful piece! Cool design and attractive wood mix. The pretty grains really pop with your great finish. Great job!

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#7 posted 04-10-2015 10:23 PM

Very nice side table.

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