|Ready for Finish (almost)|
The top of the table has the oil and about 3 of the final top coats sanded into it. This morning I oiled the apron and the shelf. What I need to do with the shelf is have the finish almost complete and then cut the grooves for the caning that will go in those open spaces. I can't cut the grooves yet because the finish would seal the wood and the glue used to install the cane wouldn't be able to adhere to it. I may be over-thinking that but that's my thoughts on that. Maybe I'll find out different but that's my strategy.
|Scraping the Shelf|
The Sapele proved to be a difficult wood to tame. Thank goodness for the old stand-by, a Stanley # 80 Cabinet Scraper.
The grain is really interlocked so my initial work with a #7 Jointer plane had a tendency to tear the grain. A card scraper wasn't aggressive enough but the cabinet scraper did the trick. After that was complete I honed the blade on my smooth plane and went over the entire surface to bring it up to par.
The very thing that makes the wood so beautiful is the same thing that causes you grieve! Look at the grain patterns on the edge of the shelf:
|Marble Like Edge Grain|