Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Rosewood Sofatable (part 2)


Buxus sempervirens
Dalbergia cearensis
 The original table was a wonderful wood collection starting with Kingwood (Dalbergia cearensis) for the main panels, the top was cross banded with Tulipwood (Dalbergia frutescens). All of the leading edges were strung with a contrasting Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) inlay.

As "luck would have it" over the years I had collected a small flitch of Rosewood, at least 60 years old and cut thicker than more modern materials, The knife cut tulipwood was easier to find in a matching thickness but even though boxwood for stringing is available commercially, I could not find any that fit the requirements. So it was purchased as timber and re-sawn to the needed dimensions.

Dalbergia frutescene
Swietenia macrophylla
All of these materials were "hammer veneered" to a solid mahogany groundwork in a traditional process using hide glue. (more on that later)

Later in the process