June 11, 2010
In order to store the flatware we received as gifts for our recent wedding, I have come up with the following concept to make our own Silverware Chest.
The chest is to be made of Koa Wood (inspired by our wedding/honeymoon trip to Hawaii). Koa wood grows on the Islands of Hawaii and nowhere else and is a very beautiful wood. It is my first time to work with the wood and am looking forward to the challenge to make the chest.…
February 7, 2010
This weekend I completed the centerpiece with the final application of stain and polyurethane. You can see the finished piece in the photos below.
January 25, 2010
Due to the holidays I have been unable to work on the centerpiece. But today, I was able to take its construction a step further. I was pleased to see that the curve held true after removing it from the clamps. The laminations and glue went a long way and helping it keep the curve I wanted.
With the piece out of the clamps, I needed to cut the ends to true up the piece as well as cut the slots for the legs.…
December 5, 2009
After setting for a week in the form, I took the pieces out to glue them up. There was a fair amount of spring-back when I took them out of the form, but the pieces did maintain a slight curve.
I put glue on the pieces and put them back in the form to setup for another week. My hope is that the glue will help the laminations keep more of the curve.
See the pictures below for the glue up process.…
November 29, 2009
We bought a piece to display as the centerpiece on our dinner table a while back. Due to its size, we decided it needed a little something more to make it stand out, so I came up with an idea for a holder (rendering in images below). The design involves curving a strip of mahogany to hold the piece. In order to curve the wood, I needed to make a steam box to steam the wood for bending. Also, to make the process a bit simpler, instead of using a full 3/4″ thick piece of mahogany, I decided it would be better if I used multiple thinner strips and glue them together for a laminated piece.…