I finished planing two reference faces on each stile. Next I’ll bring them to final width and thickness.
Almost forgot…in case you didn’t know, fine shavings will stick to your automobile. When I turned around, the entire side of my mighty Taurus was cloaked in shavings. By the time I reached for the camera, they fell off…you’ll have to take my word for it.
P.S. I ordered a new plow plane today…excited!
I’ve spent the last couple nights roughing out parts. Here’s a shot of what the panel side should look like…more or less.
Today I received this early Christmas gift (Stanley folding rule) from my friend at work.
It was fairly dirty when he gave it to me…the numbers were unreadable. After some work with some oxalic acid and a scouring pad, the dirt and grime came off.
I spent some time tonight working on my plan of attack.
I’m still waiting for the cherry to acclimate to my shop. So, I decided to take the opportunity to mark out the project parts. I spent more than a couple hours tonight on this step in the project.
I payed close attention to two things. First, I worked to create the least amount of waste. Second, I focused on grain direction. Trying to do both of these at the same time is the challenge. It’s totally worth the challenge. If you are to wasteful, you’re out more lumber and greenbacks than you should be. If you ignore grain direction, the end product won’t look right. It’s the difference between nice furniture and beautiful furniture.
After a long night, I returned the cherry the bench to resume acclimation.
Who’s in the house? The lumber is in the house! Say it with me. The lumber is in the house! Raise the roof!
Ok…settle down…I know you are excited. Me too.
Here’s a look:
Now it acclimates…