Monday my beautiful wife and I went to Goose Bay Lumber to pick out lumber for the top of the built in. I wanted something a little thicker than you find at a big box store, so we were looking for 6/4 material (that’s 1 1/2″ thick to you lay folk).
We ended up with 3 nice pieces of Cherry all 10 feet long, 2 pieces about 7 inches wide and one 4″ (25 board feet). Here is it stacked up on the work bench:
Here’s a nice shot of some the grain showing on one of the pieces:
While were there I also wanted to find some wood for a shaker table project I am doing for the Woodworkers Fighting Cancer march build-along. For everyone who signs up and completes the project, money will be raised for the American Cancer Society.
Here is a sketch-up of the table:
The large piece is going to make up the top, back and sides of the table and it has a “flame” pattern in it (costing me another 1.05 per board foot of that particular piece):
Now in my minds eye I see an inlay in the top of the table. Nothing too fancy, really just a square frame of darker wood to give the piece a little extra pop. To that end I did buy a nice piece of Ebony, 2 1/4″ wide and 24″ long (another $10):
Hopefully I have the guts and talent to pull the inlay off. I know HOW to do it, but the chances of screwing up my nice “Flame” top are not insignificant!