Time for a new project. In this case a box (well 2 boxes) made from African Zebrawood and American Black Walnut. The idea is to have the black walnut match the grain pattern in the zebra wood. The sides of the box will be Zebrawood and the dovetailed corner posts and floor will be walnut.
Here is the raw wood:
I got the wood from here: http://www.heritagewood.com/
The wood arrived amazingly flat and dimensioned to a consistent .5”. So it went straight to the table saw for ripping to 3" (the height of the box) The sides are cut to length (5.75").
Note how the wood is kept in order after cutting. This will ensure that the grain will "flow" around the box when it's put together.
Next stop the router table. Before cutting into the precious (and expensive) Zebrawood I test all my router settings and stops with some inexpensive poplar from Home Cheapo. These pieces were ripped to the same width as the Zebrawood for set up purposes. The test cuts look good:
Now it's time to clamp in the real thing and start making cuts:
After a bunch of passes the dovetails are cut into the box sides:
The next step is to cut the matching dovetails in the stock that will end up being the corner posts. For this the wood is passed though the router sitting flat on the table:
After a bunch of light passes the 1st dovetail is cut: