Sellers Home Side Cupboard: Episode 5
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The undercarriage of the project takes a little geometry to get the cross-halving just right and then the arching that helps the bulkiness disappear without losing the intrinsic strength of full mortise and tenons to the legs. Lots of tips and tricks in this episode to ensure strength and stability to the cabinet, so we hope everyone enjoys this part of the journey with Sellers’ Home.
Hi Paul, Based on the coloration and from what I could discern off my laptop screen there appears to be some similarity with Teak. Other than the high silica content is there a similarity between Mesquite and Teak.
I asked Paul and he said:
No comparison at all. The colour is quite different mesquite is red while teak is brown.
Have you tried breaking the narrow cuts that you made for the legs joining, instead of chiseling them out from the side?
I noticed that I get a much quicker results by doing this when I use a slightly thicker kerfed saw—this way I get enough gap for a chisel to create a wedge action to break off the cut pieces.
Paul, for the mesquite wood (which you can’t really get more of where you live) it makes perfect sense to keep in mind the offcuts being viable for other future projects. For wood you can replace, do you focus on getting the best pieces for the current project at hand and not worry about the offcuts? I am going to be making a shaker table soon and was able to get some really nice curly cherry for the top. It’s nice wood but I can relatively easily get more. Inclined to focus of getting the best wood for the current project and just finding uses for the offcuts down the road. Would appreciate your general thoughts on the matter. Thanks.
I asked Paul and he said that he always tries to minimise wastage.