I got what looked like a deal on 4/4 and 5/4 rough shorts (4 feet) of
Sapele. I noticed it on a pallet on sale for $3.50 bf as I was leaving
a supplier. They had one piece planed down and the sparkle and
patterened grain looked nice, like a red mohag. I grabbed a few sticks
to try out on a new clock design. Haven't started milling it yet but
was wondering what experience anyone has had finishing this species?
I am thinking an oil to pop the sparkle and maybe a ruby shellac to
intensify the redness.
Also considering a wash of dye to maybe excentuate the figure. This
isn't the pommel or curly or anything special in terms of figure but
at least one piece shows some nice stripe-ing through the rough cut.
Can't wait to clean it up and see what comes out.