Furniture #28: Shoe Rack Cabinet The work begins

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 09-22-2017 04:19 AM 1597 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Red Ironbark

The 30Kg plus piece of Red Ironbark was first in line for working, mainly because of its sheer weight alone,

I set the Table saw up and then wrestled the post onto the table.

I estimated that I could get a series of pieces about 25mm each from the post

I was surprised just how flat the timber is and layed them all out for the thicknesser, as I believed the jointer could not improve on much.

Sure enough I got five pieces from it. I had to make two cuts for each piece as the timber was 150 mm x 150 mm so I set the blade at DOC = 80mm.

Sawing away I ended up with a very neat package of usable timber, The saw cut OK and I took it easy and just fed it as it progressed through, A few puffs of smoke every now and then but no other worries.

I then ran them through the thicknesser/planer and they were ready for their role as raised panels.

I am still amazed somebody would just dump this wood.

The Swamp Gum
No prizes for guessing where it came from, ....LLWW, AKA degoose and now as Laser Creations by Larry

You can find him here: (I think he might be partial to Blue M&Ms)

Again this timber was introduced to the table saw and sawn up as follows:
In half width wise then I cut a length 1.2m (The 1.2 being the side Stiles for the cupboard) off the end to make it a little more managable.

Then I cut the remaining four pieces in half again giving me pieces about 90mm x 25mm

I ended up with 10 pieces of timber, the Swamp Gum will be for the Cupboard framework.

The two separate lengthsI didnt take any pictures of it getting processed. They will be dividers for the Raised Panels

Again I was impressed with the flatness of the Gum so it went straight into the thicknesser.

I am not sure if Red Ironbark and Swamp Gum are used for “fine” furniture but they certailny lend themselves to it.
I do know outdoor furniture is made from it and commands big $ at sales.

Overall I was pleased with the results and when I finished I gave the Table saw a good check over, maybe two new belts for its effort are in order, so they were ordered, the blade will need chainging out if I cut more stock that size but its OK to do the ongoing cut work.

Its clean up time and a task to find out where to hide all the sawdust!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 09-22-2017 05:26 AM

Rob, I am beginning to want to see the finished product. The wood is beautiful. Are you going to match the grain for the doors? In a few days I’ll send you a pix of my shoe closet.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 09-22-2017 06:40 AM

That looks like some beautiful wood. I am also amazed sometimes at what people throw away, especially wood.

It’s great to see you are getting some use out of t though!

-- Shaun, South African living in Portugal

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#3 posted 09-22-2017 08:19 AM

Thanks Guys, appreciate the replies.

Big Al:
Grain Matching.
Swamp Gum: I looked at the pieces after splitting them for suitable book matching or grain matching, I was not sure just what I would see so I paired them back up and marked then so if nice features appear after sanding I will most certainly utilise the frature.
Red Ironbark: As they well be used as panels horizontally no matching would be possible

The sides are 1100×450 and I did consider adding a vertical central Stile (or is it now called a muntion or mullion? not sure) and have book matched sides but decided against it. which I may possibly regret later.
Some wood polishing comes to mind!

I had a look at your work in progress, I thought I had it bad having to build stuff in the driveway until I saw your balcony workshop!!...good effort

-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 09-22-2017 06:29 PM

Sure is Beautiful wood!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 09-22-2017 09:57 PM

Do you use a pokethole jig for the mothballs??.... to minimise the humidity odour.

No wonder Queenslanders suck at table tennis… they have a bloody big hole in their bats (pic #2).

PS. Nice looking timber.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 09-23-2017 12:57 AM

Well done Rob, What a mammoth effort to cut/rip that iron bark to usable board size, I know how heavy the stuff is BUT sir the photos don’t do your timber the justice they deserve as the red grain is magnificent….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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