Furniture #33: Shoe Rack Cabinet top

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 10-01-2017 08:02 AM 1147 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well some “funny’ things have happened since the last blog.
I think I left off after wrestling yet another Red Ironbark post onto my table saw and cutting it up for material for the Shoe Cabinet top.

Well today I set to work thicknessing the planks and for some reason they self destructed after working them, most pecular I must say, so from five planks only two were usable.

Have a look at this:

The planks:

I had never experienced this so took some pictures for reference
Here are the five planks 1 to 5 and the outerside pieces 1 and 5 oriented so the outer edges can be seen

Now here we have the same configuration with 1 and 5 reversed to show the internal splitting which occured,

Finding it all a bit unbelieavable I went and checked the two ends I had cut off before the resawing.

There is some slight radial splitting but nothing that would indicate the post was unsuitable for use.

This was a bit of a surprise and a set back as I wanted to make the Cabinet top from it and polish it up as a feature.

It was not to be so, I was not really wanting to tackle yet another post so I walked away for a while and went and checked out LBD blog about Arlo. found some really interesting info so i hijacked his blog and posted the background to Alices Restaurant.

Anyway back to the problematic Shoe Cabinet I checked my stash of timber and “discovered” I still had some Camphor laurel we milled back in 2011.

It all looked to be good and as shoes sometimes pong a bit I thought it would be a good choice.

The timber looked to be in good condition so I hauled it out dusted it off and set about attempting to match up all the nice features, and set to work Jointing everything and then reverse glue jointed them all applied glue.

Clamped them up and left them overnight to set.

I cleaned up the glue residue and sanded them.

After that I cut them to size.

It certainly was not Red Ironbark by any means and as I was pondering how to finish the edges I decided to saw up a couple of the split Red Ironbark planks and use them for edge banding, however I wanted to use them at their existing thickness so with a bit of additional work I managed to profile the material to suit.

Note: If you have a need to do this its a bit tricky to maintain accuracy and pre sawing is required to support using undersized bits but it can be done.

I didnt take any pictures as I was getting tested compentency wise doing this.

Here is the finished result.

I polished the edging before fitting it.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 10-01-2017 10:47 AM

Rob, this looks better with each post. I am ready for the next round. Odd splitting of the wood, but wood will do its own thing from time to time. Could be that the original tree was struck by lightening.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 10-01-2017 11:20 PM

That top doesn’t look too bad at all and the edging ties it off and blends it in…. looks cool.

.... as shoes sometimes pong a bit….
pong? Pong?? PONG??? What happened to the manly stink!

... we milled back in 2011.
- robscastle

If I’m preaching to the converted, please ignore… though you don’t know what to ignore till your read it (like I don’t know about your converted status so I’m writting)...

Noting the date and the missing tell tale of wax dipped ends on these scraps…

I am assuming these are the original “raw” ends… and you were never a fondue fan…

Not that it may have helped here, but, an old electric fry-pan with some bulk paraffin wax (to be electrocuted on demand) would be a great weapon in the arsenal of a miller.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 10-02-2017 07:20 PM

Rob, I agree with other posts…
This is looking better & better as each Post is made…

Beautiful TOP!! ... and a GREAT way to Get it!

Thank you!

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

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