Week something at Rosewood, the flat faced cabinet. I had the genius idea to make it out of maple with a stand out contrasting wenge door. Because wenge is fun to say and the curly stuff is on sale. Perfect plan.
Two torturous days later, I bought the smooth plane. The wenge dulled all my blades and the curly maple tore out incessantly. But with the new plane, with the power of math, it shaved through those bastards like butter.
Of all the local scientists I talked to, no one seems to know what growing conditions make curly maple curly. When you tell someone you’re going to hand plane it, they look at you with a mix of incredulity and a knowing sadness. But, boy, the chatoyance looks great.
Grain matching becomes its own issue when there is no consistent long grain to match. I stuck with keeping similar features together throughout the rails and door frame.
Glueing up the door frame requires a bit of trickery. There is a small dowel in the center of the bottom and top rails. this holds the panel in place, without glue, so it can expand and contract and not explode the door apart. There is a lovely cove relief detail on the inside of the door. That was supposed to go on the outside of the door. But, ya know.
Last was the dental work and crown molding. Since I’ve come this far with this monstrous combination of wood, why not make the teeny tiny dentals out of it? While cutting the blocks, several exploded in the table saw and many more in the band saw. And let’s not forget the horror of when I tried to plane them in place with my shoulder plane.
But the end result was pretty spiffy.
Glueing the crown in place was its own ordeal.