There are certain things I can point to as advancements in my journey as a woodworker. There was my shop class at the University of Alabama where I was introduced to many wonderful power tools. Then there was the day my Dad and I went to Sears to purchase my first table saw. There was the day my wife and I moved into our current home which has a basement large enough for me to set up a little woodworking shop. A few years ago, I started an effort to upgrade my stationary tools – over time, I purchased a new Jet table saw, a Delta dust collector and a Jet band saw.
Today was a first for me and yet another step forward. I purchased 40 board feet of African mahogany from Bell Forrest Products for use on my upcoming TV console project (thanks to Dyami at The Penultimate Woodshop for the tip about Bell Forrest Products). This is important because it moves me from just the hobbyist woodworker who goes down to the Home Depot and picks up a few 1 x 6’s as need be to one who calculates the necessary board feet of his project and places an order for unique lumber. Sort of cool, really.
I met with my Dad a little over a week ago and showed him the two designs I created for his TV console project. The winning design (shown above) is no surprise since it more closely fits the traditional look of his home.
The African mahogany for his TV console should arrive in a little over a week, so until then, I will continue to work on the built-in project.