Posts Tagged ‘mahogany’

Casing The Joint

July 8th, 2011

7_8_11 Walking through the shop today I caught a glimpse of a few “works in progress”. The hardwood of choice today is the rich reddish tint of mahogany. Actually, the term “hardwood” does not infer hardness in texture or density, it is a general term to designate lumber produced in temperate zone deciduous broad-leafed trees. It is a perfect choice for fine furniture and cabinet making due to the lack of knots and smooth grain pattern it yields. The forests where mahogany is harvested usually permit the species to be tall, making continuous board lenghts which do not require seams and joints. Coupled with durability, mahogany becomes a desirable commodity for today’s project; door casing. When completed, this casing will act a wooden trim around the door covering the seam between the wall and the jamb, as well as conceal the gap where the door frame (or jamb) meets the rough opening. Notice the traditional routed flutes running the lenght of the casing, giving it strong impact on the overall style and proportion of the door opening. In the other photo you can see the radius mahogany jamb being formed, which will be used over the arched area of the door. These components, the radius jamb and casing, will be merged at the top with radius corner blocks and at the base by plinth blocks (borrowed directly from ancient Greek architecture). The overall effect? Well look at the plan…

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Pine Box

June 2nd, 2011

Sometimes it is all about the frame of reference. If you are a funeral home director, the title takes on a completely different meaning than if you are a stair builder. No, this is not about the “six feet under” type. It is the basic stair, the no frill, the unfinished offering. For the construction industry, the reference to “box” indicates the absence of open rail or housed between walls. I typically show the high end stairs being manufactured out of oak or mahogany, even the more exotic woods like Brazilian cherry. This time it is about the good old standard, pine. Missed the entire routering process, but did catch this one in the jig. Everyone in the shop steps back out of camera range as soon as I start to frame a shot, so I never get “action” pictures. At least you can see the actual machine that holds everything together prior to glue and screwing (never noticed how well those two words flow together). And besides, as in life (pun intended) there is nothing quite like the ole standards. Pine is a big industry here in the south. That is why they call it Southern Pine. It’s hard, dense, and sturdy making it the premier structural choice. While I am on the subject of premier southern pine structural products, examine the picture here showing the attic frame bottom chord. The product is called “dense select structural” which you generally only find in truss yards. The attic frame truss has the walls (kneewalls) constituting the side walls of the room, has a “collar tie” creating the ceiling, and the 2×10 DSS habital bottom chord, make the entire enclosure a room. Most are designed for 40 psf Live Load. The dense select bottom chord can span greater distance than the normal 2×10. The moral of the story is ole standards have a reason they are called that. Pine, whether it is used in a stair tread or a floor in a attic frame, certainly lives up to it’s reputation.

Added some pictures and some rambling text to the Shaftsbury’s Glen page for those of you who have been following the saga. Thanks for the comments and moral support. I appreciate hearing from you who write. Good or bad, there is always something to be gained from the observations. But most of all,┬áI know you don’t have to say anything and that is why it matters so much when you do.

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Cable Rail Balcony

April 21st, 2011

Take a look at the latest offering in Holden Beach, North Carolina. The look was to be in the nautical genre. Constructed with stainless steel cable rails and newels with compass rose routered in to the newel caps. The caps are made of mahogany, compass inserts were made of maple. The finished product resembles walking aboard a yacht, in the comfort of your living room.

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