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Archive for November, 2010

Build Furniture You Can Be Proud Of: Try Sapele

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Here’s a hardwood you really don’t want to miss: Sapele

Take a look:

Click for details: Krenov Style CabinetThat’s the real stuff.  You can see that it shares a likeness with mahogany, but still has a personality all of its own. Sapele comes from massive trees of 150 feet tall, and over 4 feet in diameter.  To make it better, the trunks reach about 80 before branching off so boards are clear and perfect.

And are you wondering, “Yeah, but does it make good furniture?” Take a look at this one, found on lumberjocks.com.  Click it to see the close up photos.

It’s a stunning example of design and execution, don’t you think?

And yes, the sapele in the cabinet looks very purplish – the creator mentions that he used tung oil as his finish; whereas in the comparison pictures above, I used just a swipe of mineral spirits to show how a finish brings out the ribbon stripes.

When you’re done drooling over that fine project, take a look at our supply of Sapele right here.

“Crafts & Coffee” Craft Fair: Get Handmade Woodwork for Your Home, Your Family, and Your Friends

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Who doesn’t enjoy handmade arts and crafts?  Not only do they make excellent gifts, but buying them supports the artists and brings special uniqueness to your home.

On Saturday December 11, Arizona’s finest woodworkers will be displaying and selling their awesome projects and talking about their craftsmanship — from items as small as turned wood pens and bowls, to projects as large as tables and chairs.  read more