Thursday, September 27, 2012

Building around the Edges - Part 3

I have a friend who teaches at a private high school of my acquaintance. I took the grab rails I made into the wood shop at the school to start rounding the edges, sanding, etc. He looked rather askance at my choice of wood—for very good reason—and took me into the stock room. He handed me a large piece of African mahogany that had been donated some years before, and strongly suggested I use that instead.

So now, thanks to his assistance and encouragement and reminding, I am raising the bar on my work and consciously pursuing excellence. Oh, my original plan was to paint everything. This wood is too beautiful to hide, so everything I build with it will have a clear finish.
Notice how much sturdier this design is? And I plan to use 1/4 inch bolts rather than the smaller ones called for in the drawings.