Waimanalo Wood Projects


I'd like to highlight three quick projects that Miles and Elmer from Waimanalo Wood sent over. I love when they send interesting work to the shop! 

Monkeypod Block Side


I really can't take too much credit for these blocks. The fellas at Waimanalo Wood cut them to size and shape on their Woodmizer band saw mill. All I did was finish sand and spray my favorite conversion varnish on these heavy beauties. My favorite part of these blocks is that you can see the different grains and figure on each side of the block. I tried to show this in the pictures... hopefully it comes across. Look at the curl in the sapwood on one of the blocks! Its incredible. I think that Waimanalo Wood still has four of these blocks for sale, so snap them up and bring them to me for finishing! 

Monkeypod Slab Sofa


You might see that the final product has a live edge while the slab in the first picture does not. That is because I faked it! I followed the heartwood line with a jigsaw on an angle, and created a believable live edge. Of course my clients (Jeff and Tony, as you can see) knew about the fakery and actually asked for it specifically. Jeff and Tony fell in love with the heart in the center of this monkeypod slab. Can you see it? They also provided the metal legs, which they purchased off of Etsy. Making this sofa table was pretty straightforward -- flatten top, sand, spray conversion varnish and install legs. DONE! 

Monkeypod and Mango

Waterfall Bench

This bench presented an interesting challenge. The clients wanted a 42" wide bench, but the slab that they picked out from Waimanalo Wood was not long enough to make a 42" wide top plus matching legs. The concept behind a waterfall bench is that the wood's grain waterfalls down the top onto each leg, making the grain look continuous. I wanted to keep that waterfall look on each leg, so I chose to cap the legs with another wood. The clients and I talked about different woods for a while, deciding between monkeypod, mango or koa. Eventually, we chose some beautifully colored mango, with the grain running perpendicular to the grain of the bench. In the last picture, you can see the 3D rendering that I showed my clients to explain the design of the mango caps.