Reclaiming Mahogany for Baseboards #2: Milling

Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 04-17-2008 04:13 PM 3225 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Breaking down the beams Part 2 of Reclaiming Mahogany for Baseboards series Part 3: Decisions, decisions »

Yesterday I ripped the boards down to 4” wide, the widest I felt that I could reasonably get out of the lumber, and started to mill it into shape. Charlene and I ran it through the planer to take a whisker off and bring it down to 5/8”, cut a 3/8” diameter quarter round on the top in two passes, the first left to right to take off most of the stock, the final cut was a climb cut so I could end up with a smoother surface.

Then we started sanding, 320 grit with the sander running as slow as possible, so that we don’t end up putting flat spots on the curve. This evening I hope we can finish sanding and lay on a super thin coat of shellac, and then I need to find a good quartz based pore filler that we can color match and use to smooth the surface before we put the final finish on it.

Probably should start cutting it to size soon, though, because I’m fairly sure we’ll be tweaking the fit a bit with sandpaper as it goes in.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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posted 04-17-2008 05:17 PM

You might also try some sanding sponges for sanding the curves. They will not take off much, and can somewhat form to the shape you are making. It might avoid some flat spots.

Good job so far.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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posted 04-17-2008 06:10 PM

Good idea. I think the next pass will be after the thin coat of shellac which should both seal a bit (so the pore filler doesn’t stain too much) and raise the grain, and I’ll probably actually do that with a fine synthetic “steel wool” or just a “Scotch Brite™” pad.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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posted 04-17-2008 10:50 PM

looks like your moving right along dan . good progress . i never seem to get projects at my house to move like that !

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posted 04-17-2008 11:16 PM

A few days of my client saying “you’re waiting on me, go play for a day” will do that to a project…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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posted 04-19-2008 03:53 PM

Sounds like your going to have some of the nicest baseboard around. should be really nice.

-- Joey ~~ Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.wordpress.com/

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