So I had a 2330h callout last night after finishing in the shed and got to bed around 0100h; and then had another callout at 0430h that wrapped at 0530h and then went into work about 40 minutes later than usual because the last remaining scrap of the morning routine was blown out of the water when junior came down with a temperature (he’s caught the cold Claire and I have had for the last week). So I was a wee bit braindead for most of the day, came home early, and all three of us had an hour’s nap. After that, and another quick call for work (on-call is turning into much fun this week) and dinner, Claire and junior packed it in for the night and I headed to the shed to try to finish the chest.… Read the rest
Getting close now. Started today by cleaning up the inlaid peg in the front rail.
I’ll just trim down the front side while I think about what to do with it, since it’s a central decorative feature.
And now on to the main job, the panels. The panels were mostly flat and close to size already so it was mostly detail work and fettling and finishing.
Doesn’t look terrible. For each of the frames, I assembled two of the rails into a stile and got the measurements for the panel from that.
Mark it off with the panel gauge and rip to width with the ryoba and plane to a smooth edge (I’d already planed the reference edge and shot both ends on the shooting board with the T5).… Read the rest
Started off the day with the noisier tasks to get them out of the way…
There’s not a lot of art here. Rive the stick to about the diameter you want, pound it through the hole with the big hammer several times, move on to smaller hole until desired size reached, sharpen slightly, continue on. And it’s noisy, so ear defenders. But, keep going and you finally have all you need minus one (because the universe hates you, there will always be a need for one more than you have).
Then on to finishing off the carving.
It’s a fairly simple design on the bottom. Mark off every inch on the two reeds I cut yesterday.
Then chop down vertically with the gouge (whose profile matches the reed pretty closely) on each spot on one reed.… Read the rest