I bought some sapele today for a step stool I am going to make (mothers
day). Never used this stuff before. The boards I bought have a really
nice wavy grain pattern. Looking forward to the finished product.
Ever use it? Work nice?
day). Never used this stuff before. The >boards I bought have a really nice
wavy grain Pattern. Looking forward to the finished product.
One small project, used it on a lid for a box. Keep in mind, all
pieces of wood are different, and are only globally connected with
The pieces I had were brittle, splintered easy, and when sawn came off
in chips. It glued up OK, but it was prone to some tearout when
planing it out. It was miserable to sand and made me cough and sneeze
The finished piece was a knockout. No pain, no gain, eh? I put a
couple of super thinned coats of BLO on it, let the top sit for about
a week. Went back in and shot a few coats of Old Masters lacquer on
it, and let it sit for another three weeks or so and knocked off a
little of the shine with some Liberon 0000 and Johnson's paste wax.
You don't have to be much of a craftsman to get satisfactory ooohs and
ahhhs when you have a nice piece of this stuff properly finished.
Just make sure you light that grain up with a good finish as the grain
on some of the pieces is nothing short of stunning.
I wouldn't build a bookcase out of the stuff, but for jewelry or
keepsake boxes, it is great.
Of course, YMMV.
Guy we had staying with us last week (stranded hitchhiker) turned out to be a
woodworker. He's been working with sapele quite a bit, and mentioned it was
hard on tools and that the dust was noxious when we were comparing notes on
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