Hey everyone, first post. From New England, and been slowly expanding my capabilities and tool collection over the past 3-4 years. Basically I choose a new project each year as we slowly refresh each room in our house. Started with adding a store bought butcher block to our kitchen island with an extension and legs for a eating, progressed to ladder shelf for the living room which was soon replaced by floating shelves for an entertainment center, and finished up last year with built in cabinets behind barn doors in our basement. All paint quality so far.
This year we are looking at an office renovation, and I am thinking I will build a corner desk as my wood working piece. The plan right now is off white painted plywood base cabinets, and Iíd love to tackle the table top with a solid wood panel. My hope is to find a solid wood thatís easy to work with, and reasonably priced, as I know Iíll screw up a few times before I get it right.
I called up a local sawmill, cried ignorance, and they were really helpful. They steered me towards African mahogany at $6/bf for 6/4 S2S, or ash at $5/bf for 6/4 S2S. After calling them I came across a strategy here to make ďfaux thickĒ so now Iím thinking Iíll try 4/4. Iíve got a table saw, router and table, so I should be able to joint S2S.
I ran by my local lumber yard for something else today and asked what kind of hard woods they had. They had 1x4 mahogany/ipe decking and some oak in various widths. The mahogany was $1.79 a lf. That seems a lot cheaper than the stuff the sawmill has. I must be missing something, but canít figure it out?
Anyways, any tips, tricks, pitfalls to watch for as I embark would be helpful. Iím particularly concerned about getting a level glue up, as I donít have a planer, so any variations would be a real PITA to correct.
Desk plan, panel build up plan was done separately.
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