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Old 07-17-2010, 08:42 AM   #1711
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For its' time, the lounge was very well appointed. Roy had a decent interior designer work it all out for him, and other than a couple of construction type problems which I was able to work out with the designer, he did a highly creditable job.

Now, as to whether or not I build cabinets with curved fronts I don't know. I might just make up flat facings due to the time it would otherwise take.

The top is going to be tile which wife number 2 bought over in Vancouver a little while back. Long story about that little disaster! The edge will need to be trimmed out with wood, although I have not decided which kind yet. Maybe arbutus as it is reasonably hard and looks pretty nice when it's all finished.

I would be using a Varathane finish on that as it is inside, and the Varathane is tough stuff.

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For its' time, the lounge was very well appointed. Roy had a decent interior designer work it all out for him, and other than a couple of construction type problems which I was able to work out with the designer, he did a highly creditable job.

Now, as to whether or not I build cabinets with curved fronts I don't know. I might just make up flat facings due to the time it would otherwise take.

The top is going to be tile which wife number 2 bought over in Vancouver a little while back. Long story about that little disaster! The edge will need to be trimmed out with wood, although I have not decided which kind yet. Maybe arbutus as it is reasonably hard and looks pretty nice when it's all finished.

I would be using a Varathane finish on that as it is inside, and the Varathane is tough stuff.
Keith, I tried the curved doors a number of years back on a vanity and it was way more trouble than it was worth as far as I am concerned, very time consuming. Those bad boys have to be exact or it all will look like junk. It would be easier to build the cabinet around the doors than the other way around.

I am partial to wood edging on counter tops, I put cherry on ours several years ago and it still looks nice and will only darken as years go by. I am not familiar with arbutus, is the specific gravity close to oak or cherry? It is some beautiful wood, the table you built for the deck looks super, you did an outstanding job joining the two halves together, I really do love the natural edge on it also. I can't wait to see what you do next.

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Hi Jim...thanks.

I've been working on the butterflies on the table today. Can't believe it took me 6 hours to get them in.

The first one I tried making up a jig for the router, and using a top bearing guided cutter. Didn't much care for the result, so I re-cut it with chisel and mallet and got a better result.

I made up some extra butterflies just in case...good thing too. I was going to try a yellow cedar burl for the middle one, but it's such an sob to get a good finish on the wood.
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Here's the first bubinga 'fly getting cut.
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This recess was cut entirely by hand, never mind the noisy high powered router!
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I did, in fact, use a router...but of a different kind.

This is the baby Stanley router plane.

The pic with the plane skewed shows the best way to use it, you get more of a slicing action on the wood that way. Makes for an easier and smoother cut.
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Here are the first and third butterflies installed.

While they are to a degree structural, because they are kind of thin, they are really more decorative than anything.

Not to worry, there's plenty of beef keeping the top intact.
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The middle one is still being glued up and is buried under a big caul. You might see that one tomorrow if I'm able to get the first varnish on tonight.
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Keith, you are good, that is some fine inlay work. I can't wait to see the top with the finish on, the color is really going to pop.
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Jim, in answer to your earlier question regarding the specific gravity (or weight per cft. if you wish) of arbutus wood, which in the U.S. is frequently referred to as madrone, I was somewhat surprised to find out that cherry was rather lighter than arbutus.

Most authorities put cherry at 35-36 lbs. per cubic foot.

Arbutus runs around 45 lbs. at 12% m.c., so it is considerably more dense.

It is a fine figured wood which works easily enough I guess, but you must do all machining operations slowly. Try to push it through the table saw quickly and it will burn right away.

Send me your address via p.m. and I'll send you a piece in the mail to play with if you like.
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Wow, thanks buddy, I really do appreciate that. I will PM you here shortly. Will the arbutus splinter as easily as the cherry will? I know the cherry will burn quickly when putting a profile on with a router. You have to go fast enough it won't burn and slow enough it won't splinter. PM on the way.
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Wow, thanks buddy, I really do appreciate that. I will PM you here shortly. Will the arbutus splinter as easily as the cherry will? I know the cherry will burn quickly when putting a profile on with a router. You have to go fast enough it won't burn and slow enough it won't splinter. PM on the way.
I don't think so. My experience is that the arbutus seems to do well with a router, perhaps because the grain is all over the place. Woods which normally have straight grain are inclined to split more easily.

I think you will find with the arbutus that the interlocking grain tends to keep that to a minimum. The only caveat to that is that you need sharp bits, along with a slow but steady feed rate.

Minor burns are easily sanded off arbutus. Cherry I have far less experience with. Although a few million years ago I did a set of kitchen cabs for a friend and trimmed the whole thing in cherry...no trouble at all.
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Incidentally, the bulk of the arbutus I have here has been inside for years. Which means the moisture content is quite likely to be less than 12%, which in turn means that the wood may weigh less than 45 lbs. per cft.

...I took the table top outside a couple of hours ago to do the final sanding on the top as well as to give the live edge another go with some 120. Just cleared off a work table so I can varnish it later. I need to wait for the dust to settle as much as possible before I get the first coat on.

I will tack it off first immediately before varnishing.
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Signing off for the day...first varnish is on the table top. Large areas are not taking the varnish well, and this is where the wood has degraded.

It seems to be strong enough, but I must assume that it has lost some of its' density. The back side was no different.

Once the varnish has sealed the wood - in other words, when the varnish appears shiny over the whole surface, then it will need an additional 6 coats after that. Anything before that only counts as one coat.

Some of the colours are looking pretty cool. I'll be able to get a pic in the morning when we have some decent light.

Also another coat on the legs for the table. That wood is from the south end of the island, and has always been stored under cover since cutting 5 years ago. It is from one of the several arbutus trees which succumbed to that big snowfall we had.
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How did you get the tree from the south end of the island to your mill?

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