Redgum floating shelf with live edge

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Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby Coogara » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:45 am

Small floating shelf in Australian Redgum with live edge. Finished with Minwax wipe-on poly.

Top panel is mountain scene from Design & Make. Bottom panel is the ivy texture that comes with Aspire.

Mounted using commercial brackets.
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby Savannahdan » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:06 am

Bet you had fun cutting the boards and putting the shelf system together. Really nice.
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby dwilli9013 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:09 am

Very nice work. Especially like the texturing throughout. Thanks for sharing. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby WNC_Ed » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:19 am

Looks great.
And functional too.
Well done!
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby Coogara » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:40 am

Positioning of the back boards was complicated by the step created by the tiles, above which the shelf is positioned. Additionally, the project was rather drawn out after needing to replace collet and collet nut due to a bit partially (and repeatedly) dropping out of the collet, gouging into the spoil board. It only happened on profile cutout, but potentially losing hours of work was unappealing, so had to await replacement parts.
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby Todd Bailey » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:10 am

Really like that one.

Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby Savannahdan » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:09 pm

I had something similar when cutting some spalted persimmon a month ago. Although in my case the bit went into the 3d carving that had taken a few hours to cut. After the bit took a dive I saw that the collet nut was in pretty bad shape on the inside and I could tell it wasn't going to hold a collet properly. Ordered replacement parts from Precise Bits. How does the red gum cut compared to other woods, like oak, maple and walnut?
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby adze_cnc » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:09 pm

I like the applied Quick-Grip clamp decoration.
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby Coogara » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:02 pm

I kind of liked the 'industrial' look of the clamps but conceded they couldn't stay :)

I love working with Redgum. It's a very hard hardwood.

Our Tasmanian Oak is probably similar to your Oak. Redgum is harder than that. I'm sure maple varies and I don't have a lot of experience with it. Redgum cuts very cleanly - very little cleanup required after CNC.
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby scottp55 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:46 pm

Savannahdan,
Remember this is "River Red Gum" from Australia...almost twice as dense, and more than twice the hardness of what Americans call "Red Gum"
https://www.wood-database.com/river-red-gum/
https://www.wood-database.com/sweetgum/
Whole different Genus.
It doesn't cut quite like anything except maybe Bloodwood/Cocobolo in 3Ds Thinking maybe Macassar Ebony/and Indian Rosewood would come close, but haven't done a 3D on them yet.
Only done 4 cuts on River Red Gum, and VERY close to what Coogara said as far as finishing after a cut.
You can almost see the sheen in this finishing toolpath with my 3" long .25mmTBN. Only sanding was on the mill marks on the steep edges which lower stepover would have helped. BUT I had to sand the difference in my "Flip" anyways, as I wanted the "Scrap" for other things, so didn't use index pins for alignment. :oops:
10.30.18 RIVER RED GUM DADS HEART TESTING OFFSET FINISH2.jpg


SHOULD be too, as he brought mine to me in his suitcase(same board? Same Tree?:) when he and his wife visited me for a few days a couple years ago :)
Closest to a domestic American hardwood in 3D cutting characteristics would probably be Claro Walnut, or Black Walnut with dense growth rings (as in highly figured or around knots).
The Heart on Firewood is almost finished, as Mom didn't like the soft sheen of Beeswax, so multi-coats of oil underway.
2.4.19 MOMS HEART RIVER RED GUM ON FIREWOOD.jpg


The pic with the MUNGO tabs(which were machined off after the 7 names were engraved) was just brushed off with a Stiff brush that still had a hair of Linseed/Beeswax "Butter", from another project I was finishing while the Heart was cutting.
10.31.18 DADS HEART BOTTOM FINISH2.jpg

The RED comes right back at you when you finish it.
10.30.18 RIVER RED GUM LINWAX BRUSH LIGHT DADS HEART TOP DONE 1.jpg

2.4.19 MOMS HANGING HEART RIVER RED GUM 1.jpg


I found my pieces were slightly prone to internal stress cracks like Macassar Ebony, but that may just be my limited pieces.
Coogara mentioned to me that the Really Primo figured River Red Gum, was usually sent to North America for custom gun stocks.

NICE end result G. !!! :D
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OH..IF anybody has carved any of the "Related Species" in wood database Eucalyptus genus...and it's available in NA generally...could you mention how it cuts? Just curious!
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby ZipperHead55 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:35 am

Love it! It's quite the spectacular (and expensive, I'm guessing) mug holder!! Perfect for the man cave, or the cabin. It gives me a perfect idea for my friends RV though (we go camping together a lot, and alcohol and caffeine are consumed in great quanitities, so a mug full of 50/50 liquor coffee mix would be perfect!).

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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby scottp55 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:05 pm

While looking at other Eucalyptus species other than River Red Gum....I stumbled across a US distributor for it that imports logs and saws it here;
https://www.advantagelumber.com/eucalyptus.htm

Not Ridiculously priced, and some good pics to drool over :)
Anybody lucky enough to live near the resaw location Florida(CA?) would be able to pick their pieces :D
Just mentioning, as the River Red Gum seems to be so much denser and harder than other Eucalyptus species I glanced at.
Also I noted that whatever pest makes the holes in the bark, there's a good chance for internal cracks near the hole for a couple inches in and around(uneven drying?).
Coogara said my 2 pieces came from the same slab as this project, so not a whole lot of varied experience:)
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby Savannahdan » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:05 pm

Scott, I figured it was the Redgum from down-under. I use to troll one of the forums where folks talked about cutting their own lumber. My backyard has stacks from my efforts to do just that. I always loved watching the videos of folks down-under cutting redgum with a swing-blade mill (Lucas), which is what I had. It would be nice to have some to experience cutting it.
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby WNC_Ed » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:37 pm

Scott, great link - I see their NC yard isn't too far away - I might have to wander down there and check it out.
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Re: Redgum floating shelf with live edge

Postby scottp55 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:30 pm

Savannahdan,
Hadn't heard of that rig before, so Googled it and saw them chunking up a LOG of River Red Gum and cruising right along cutting 8X8"s (?) !!
I saw the slab cutting attachment,but not in action.
Did yours use the Big saw blades? Curious about what species you cut up for your "Stash"?
Any of your projects cut from that wood on this Forum?

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THAT will be an interesting trip:)
Mind going slightly out of your way and picking me up? :D :D
Thick boards/thin boards/Exotics :)
8/4 Bloodwood!!! (Pick me up a slab...check is in the mail :D :D :D ).
Got a chunk of African Blackwood a Scottish Shortpipe maker
https://www.pinchbeckpipes.com/sound
gifted me for a morning in my shop learning about his new Desktop, and been saving....$100bf!!!
I'll save it till I'm Positive I know what it wants to be!! :)
Chris knew more about working Exotics than I probably EVER will!!
Wonder what the NC shop cuts and has in stock...wish we had a place like that close to me!
I'd absolutely be checking out their Shorts and waste bin!!
Have a good trip:)
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