Woodwork is often a joyful task which is quite relieving for the mind of a person. While enjoying the art, people can also create useful and brilliant workpieces for their home. There are a number of techniques and tools which help people with their woodwork process. People can prepare a structure for their designs before they start preparing them for a better result.
This article will show people about making a Sapele mahogany top using a drum sander which is quite often used by people to use as a center table or to create partitions in a room along with a number of other functions.
Why Mahogany Wood?
Among the different types of woods people can choose to work mahogany is considered to be the best. Mahogany wood is quite durable and comes with fine grains to give a better texture and look to the furniture. Mahogany wood also ages better and is quite regarded among furniture enthusiasts.
People can also consider building customized mahogany furniture at their house along with other utilities to increase the functionality of the house as well as its real estate value. People will be surprised to know how much greatly furniture is valuable to house buyers. The woodwork should always be covered using wax, oil, varnish etc. and be placed in non-moist and favorable conditions for their better utilization and life. Water destroys the wood making it soggy and reducing its strength.
There are some easy ways to make the furniture spill proof but long exposure to water cannot be avoided.
One can clean and maintain their woodwork through different homemade methods. One of the most regarded do it yourself solution includes the use of baking soda and vinegar to get rid of any food spills or other damages of similar type which impart a color to the surface. The surface is moistened first followed by sprinkling of baking soda, later this baking soda is cleaned using vinegar. This method removes the stains efficiently and also removes any smell if present due to the substance. The same method is also often used to clean clothes which are dirtier than usual.
This method removes the stains efficiently and also removes any smell if present due to the substance. The same method is also often used to clean clothes which are dirtier than usual.
Sapele mahogany top is quite useful and durable enough to take the weight of heavy objects depending on its construction and thickness.
Procuring Sapele Lumber
People can acquire Sapele lumber from a number of lumber yards and can also get planks of desired lengths at these places to build their tops. People should choose the best thickness for their planks to avoid over trimming afterward. The planks may also be arranged in layers in the design of the top. After getting the planks people should check their surface area and finish to ensure how much work they have.
Building the Plank
The first step in building a plank is to get it to the correct width and length. This can be done using revolving cutters mounted on a motor or a saw if people don’t have the other option. The plank should be marked using dot punch to clearly make the correct cuts. Once the planks have been brought to the correct length and width, the next step is to reduce their width and smoothen their surface through sanding.
The sanding of surfaces in wood takes place in a similar manner to grinding used on metal workpieces to make them smooth and bring out their lustrous surface. The planks can be sanded using homemade drum sanders. The drum sanders are basically rotating cylinders with abrasives mounted on a fixed frame with variable height settings and a surface which can also be adjusted vertically.
For sanding of planks larger grits are useful when more material has to be removed whereas drums with lower grit size are best for getting smoothness. The grit size is the average size of abrasive particles on the sanding drum. People can also have two grit sizes through consecutively placed drums.
Once the sanding has been done the plank is of the desired thickness and shows a smooth surface. The surface does not have any burrs and even the smallest irregularities have been removed with precision. The next step is to join the planks. This can be done by creating appropriate slots at the sides in a facing manner and then fitting wood pieces in them. The sides are also attached using a glue and additives to provide better support and strength. Once the glue has dried the surface is applied with varnish or other polishing features for giving it a uniform and smooth finish. Hence, the table Sapele Mahogany Top is ready to liven your home.
The sides are also attached using a glue and additives to provide better support and strength. Once the glue has dried the surface is applied with varnish or other polishing features for giving it a uniform and smooth finish. Hence, the table Sapele Mahogany Top is ready to liven your home.
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