Jan

5

Bubinga Knife Display Tables Finished

By Jim

FINALLY!!  After months of hard work in hour or two increments I finished the tables.  I’m very excited and proud of them.  I hope Marvin likes them and Julia sends me some picture once he puts his knife colletion in them.

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Aug

10

Bubinga Knife Display Tables – Update

By Jim

Just finished ripping the 8/4 bubinga stock for the legs. Fhew! It’s so hard and dense, the saw blew the breaker 4 times. There’s a bit of burning (as I expected), but i ripped them slightly wide to allow for a quick pass through the jointer or a couple of passes with a hand plane to clean them up. Based on tonight’s experience, I’m guessing I’ll have to sharpen my chisels a few times while squaring up the mortises.

Jun

11

Bubinga Knife Display Tables – Part 1

By Jim

I just took a commision from cousin Marvin to make four nesting tables to display his knife collection. He wanted to see drawings first, so I had an excuse to learn how to use Google SketchUp. Very cool. Here are the drawings I produced on my first attempt with the program. More to come on the tables as I progress.

Nov

30

Wood Balls

By Jim

This is perhaps my most impractical yet most interesting project.  People who visit my house and see them can’t help but pick them up and ask what kind of wood each one is.  To answer that question, look at the picture with the balls in a row.  From left to right the woods are maple, red oak, cherry, chakte viga, mahogany, ipe, wenge, black palm, bubinga, chakte kok, bloodwood and purpleheart.  It’s tough to make out some of the darker colors, but it’s a good sampling.  I intended these to be my samples for folks to pick out woods for projects instead of the traditional 1/2″x3″x6″ block.  I’ll have to make more someday to reflect all the species with which I work.

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Nov

30

Bubinga Seed Pot

By Jim

This one of my best pieces yet.  I made this seed pot as a gift for my sister.  The main body is from a gorgious piece of bubinga.  The base and rim are gaboon ebony.  The feature ring is chakte viga (a.k.a. paela), shedua and maple.

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