Custom woodworking and art
I’ve spent the last several weeks burning the candle on both ends. But today I had a break from the lightning pace of trimming and building cabinets. This mantle is made from Post Oak and weighed as much as a Volkswagen bug. The tree that this was milled from was obviously growing twisted as many Post Oaks do. You can see in the closeup pics that the flitch’s grain is under incredible pressure and is splitting in an incredibly beautiful pattern. I mortised the back to fit the tenon that was bolted to the fireplace. It was sanded through the courses down to 320 and then soaked with deft oil and wet sanded with 400 wet/dry sandpaper until the paper got hot and this method was continued for about 30 min and then buffed dry with a rag. A couple more times using this method and it will make for a nice durable finish that will give the figuring in the wood the 3d look without loosing the all important feel of the wood. The connection between your hand and the wood must never be forgotten if it is you have failed as a wood worker.This wood is incredibly hard,my chisels are dull and in need of sharpening,my Forstner bits are worn out and the pile of sandpaper gone through is staggering but the outcome was worth it. I too am a little worn and maybe a little dull. Maybe I can go in for a sharpening.