serpentine bow front desk #1: resawing the lumber

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 06-28-2009 03:26 AM 3083 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey Everyone!, well summer is finally here and i am jumping into a ton of woodworking. here are some projects i am planning on making this summer. – bow front desk – slant top desk – sugar chest – tea table – cool coffe table – pie crust table – shaker armoire and dresser

So the first in this long line of projects is going to be the serpentine bow front desk. this is going to be built out of sapele. so i went to downes are reader yesterday and for a huge board for this project. i really wish i had taken a picture of it but i didnt. it was 10/4×13” wide x 9 feet long. just a huge board. so today i resawed it up. in the first picture is the legs and the piece that will be bent laminated to make the front. the second picture is of the two pieces that will be bookmatched to make the top. and the third picture is of the pieces that i resawed to make the straight sides.




Next i saw something that was really cool. one of the first things that i noticed when i got home was that this whole huge board was quartersawn. that was a surprise but a good surprise. if youve done your woodworkers homework then you know quartersaw sapele has a ribbon figure on it. i was very excited about this and it didnt dissapoint. this picture is rough sawn.


so thats it for now. i have to get a new belt for my jointer and then i hope to mill the lumber in about a week. whenever resawing like this is is crucial to let it aclemate. also the backclamping which is what i was doing in the pictures above which is putting the sawn edges out and clamping to hold it in place while it aclemates. so it will probably take about two weeks to do all the milling but once the milling is done i hope ot make it a pretty quick build. maybe three weeks in total

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 03:39 AM

nice find ,
sounds like you will be busy ,
for a while .
have fun ,
and work safe .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-28-2009 03:51 AM

Sounds like fun, I hope you work safe.

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#3 posted 06-28-2009 03:54 AM

Nice wood. A great selection. Have fun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-28-2009 04:00 AM

Can’t wait to see your bowfront. Ought to be a fun project for you. Can’t wait to see the final results.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 04:06 AM

that wood is fantastic!!! congrats on making it to summer…ahhhhhhh….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 06-28-2009 04:34 AM

thats one heck of a board…I was going to go to D&R myself this morning, but woke up late. sucks that they close so early on saturdays.

very nice grain pattern on the board :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 06-28-2009 04:36 AM

Hey Teenage
Good start look forward to more progress.

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#8 posted 06-28-2009 04:36 AM

ya. i love to go there. theyve got so much nice wood. me and my friend found a nice piece of 18” wenge that has my name on it…. haha… i hope at least…. we hid it for next time :)

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#9 posted 06-28-2009 05:02 AM

Sounds like you are going to have a busy summer, that is a lot of work!

I look forward to seeing your projects.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 06-28-2009 08:00 AM

Wow, Denis- Looks like your summer will really be busy.

Looking forward to the pictures!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 06-28-2009 06:29 PM

That is a very ambitious schedule! Be safe, and good luck!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 07-16-2009 11:37 PM

Long list of job to do ! What kind of 14” bandsaw do you have?

-- ...I will not be limited.

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#13 posted 07-17-2009 01:43 AM

i have a 14” delta… older model

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#14 posted 07-21-2009 09:34 PM

I just caught Part 3, and had to start back at the beginning. Looks very interesting!

Downes and Reader in Stoughton? I didn’t know you were a local. Good luck with this, I’m looking forward to more pics!

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#15 posted 07-21-2009 10:47 PM

yep downes and reader in stoughton. great great place!!!

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