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Reclaiming Mahogany for Baseboards

Blog series by Dan Lyke consisting of 3 parts so far

Part 1: Breaking down the beams

04-16-2008 05:07 PM by Dan Lyke | 10 comments »

We picked up a bunch of Peruvian mahogany box beams off of Craigslist. They’ve been sitting in the attic, waiting for that task to come up on the queue. It did. Ow, do my hands hurt, both from all the splinters and cuts, and from gripping the pliers to pull those nails. There are a few nails in there yet, so I’m going to have to be very careful as I fire up the router, but left to be done is to select some of the thicker boards from the narrow stacks, cut them to 4R...

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Part 2: Milling

04-17-2008 04:13 PM by Dan Lyke | 7 comments »

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 sand...

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Part 3: Decisions, decisions

04-21-2008 07:51 PM by Dan Lyke | 6 comments »

Took the weekend off to go buy lunch for a starving college student, and drive 3 hours each way for a school play that one of the kids who shows up occasionally in our lives was involved in. But now I’m back, and though work seems like it’ll be a little heavier this week, I still want to push forward. However, that means no pictures and no progress to report. Thanks to some help from fellow home refurber MRTRIM, I think I’ve got a clearer view of how to fit these thing...

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