Finding and selecting the perfect groups of lumber is definitely not my specialty. For one I particular like “defects” in the wood, as I think that purposely avoiding them and selecting the premium grade of wood grain or cut-outs is like hiding physical scars with plastic surgery. Not only is it not natural, it also defeats the fundamental of woodworking. For two, working with defects require much imagination. I honestly think that I subconsciously have restrained myself by too much of conventional thinking from day to day living routine and lack the free form of creativity and artistic vision.
Regardless, to my best effort, what I could do is I started with laying out the pile of cherry flat on the ground so I could use my limited imagination to picture how shall I put them together.
Messing with turquoise inlays. I had a wonderful experience purchasing the turquoise with a seller in Gilmer Rock Shop named Fred. Meeting folks like Fred is what makes woodworking community especially great.
Inserting the ebonized plugs
Pause and look at the cut off knot, why do people not like this?
After coated with some BLO and varnish, I started to experience with beeswax, Carnauba wax and turpentine to mix my own finish recipe… This wax business is harder than it looks, my first attempt was a sticky and dull, sheen-less block of hard wax. There are tons of recipe online, but none shows me which is “the” recipe. After probably five trials and errors, I end up using 5 ingredients, turpentine, stand oil, BLO, beeswax, paraffin and Carnauba wax, to which it finally brings some desired sheen on the finish that is easy to use.
A fully assembled sofa-end credenza. Just like my Lego prototype. Well, almost.