Like I told ya yesterday, when I got back from my weekend trip I had a real surprise waiting for me. Ken – an active forum member, has been working on these puzzle cubes. Kind of like a Rubik’s Cube….but not!
Well, bless his heart, he sent me one. These are really cool and extremely challenging to make. I can truly see how hard these can be, but I have to confess, I had to get my 13-year old grandson to help me get it back together.
Ken, ya did a great job and now not only do I have to figure out how to make them easier, I have to figure out the puzzle first. LOL! All those little squares that have to come together perfectly, I can hear rusty gears and clanking in my head. That’s probably a good thing as long as I don’t strip one of those gears. Thanks Ken….I think. If any of you are familiar with puzzle cubes, we have had a great discussion going on at the forum, Click Here to go directly to the thread.
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Okay, let’s look at the original Bubinga slab. First, I’m not sure what glue was used. Looks like old hide glue, but whatever it was…it didn’t hold…even with biscuits. When we arrived, both pieces were cupped within themselves and we only had to pull the short piece off. Secondly, the bottom side was never
finished, so it swelled and the top, having finish, shrank, or better put, didn’t swell at the same rate. The top appears to be oil and maybe some varnish. Oil will cup wood, don’t care what anyone says. Seen it happen too many times. The oil soaks in, then as it dries, it shrinks. So please do both sides. Wood has to be balanced…its just a fact. If not, it is going to move
adversely and this Bubinga slab is a perfect example.
So, if seeing is believing, take a look. It looks like the bottom had some finish applied at some point after it was installed because there is none where it sat on the cabinet base. The finish on the bottom appears to be a water base (not oil/varnish like the top).
So…how do I fix this?
First, let me tell you this Bubinga is super wonderful, the figure is fantastic. Costs about $50/bf so saving this material is a must. Now…if I absolutely had to, I could do the spline thing, but I’m going to do
something different. I’m going to scrape the finish off, which isn’t hard, it’s rolling right off. My finger nail will scratch it. Oil on a very hard and dense wood doesn’t penetrate very well and adhesion is questionable, same as glue. When I did the new one, I used a spline and polyurethane glue.
Once the finish is removed, I’m going to wet the cupped face (concave side) then get some air moving over the bottom (the convex side). I might even put it in the sun with the convex side up. The object is to get moisture in the concave side and pull it out of the convex side to a point of balance.
We’ll see how well I do, it is actually better now than when we removed it because we turned the convex side up and left it exposed on the trip back so it got some sun and wind.
Now, Norman had some claro walnut that was cut and stickered at another mill. They stickered it with the grain, not smart, take a look.
These slabs would have been gorgeous, but not now. Those clocks and hanging corner cupboards we’ve been talking about. I’m gonna cut these babies down and get some great material to use. Sad that is what has to happen, but otherwise, they are not very useful.
There are two that aren’t super bad, I may play with a bit. In my world, where I use a lot of highly figured wood, learning to deal with wood movement is a must and over the years, I’ve had to deal with some wild stuff.
Remember the box elder? It’s still soaking. I’ve just let it continue to soak until I could get back to it because I didn’t want it to dry out too fast. I want to rough turn it in a week or so. I’ll pull it out of the alcohol today and let it start drying.
We’ve added a few new videos so be sure to visit our Video Tips Page on our website and especially watch for the Video of the Day. Today’s video is from this weekend’s trip. I take you on a tour of Good Hope Hardwoodsin Landenberg, PA. A great specialty lumber mill.
Sherri’s waiting to roll the camera so I’ve gotta go.
Catch Ya Later!