Heading out in a bit to teach a class. Yesterday I got the feet made and ready to “spline dovetail.” I did the final fit on the doors, got all the “pegs” in and sanded the bubinga slabs through 80 grit. Need to get to 120, after that it’s the hand (random orbital) sanding. The bubinga has a lot of mineral in it and will burn the paper easy. See the photo below to see how the mineral builds up and burns the paper.
I also re-sawed some aspen, yep aspen. Got it from Big Bob. Aspen has the density and texture of white pine. A little harder, but close. It will blotch bad so I will use a barrier coat before I dye and stain it. It will be “walnut” when done. Any way, I re-sawed it and turned it inside out and clamped it together (photo below). The inside is wetter and will dry and shrink and pull into a cup. This way the pull is pulling against each other. I dampened the outside a little before I sawed them. We’ll see how this works. The aspen was 1″ thick. I split it and when finished I want it about 5/16″ to 3/8″ so we are good.
Well, guess what, we already have a stat counter and obviously you’re reading, that’s a good thing. I got some emails saying the blog is a little over the head of the novice. I understand. The blog is just an insight into my world and having you come along. In reality it is only a portion, don’t want to overload ya, or Sherri.
What I want to see from the blog and the forum is interaction. Where you feel comfortable asking questions and thus learning and sharing your woodworking as well. This is not intended to be a one man show. I want you to be able to ask a question no matter how stupid you think it is and get a sound and proven answer. That’s why I want you to tell me what I can do to help you. What projects, what techniques, so what I want is your input. Please don’t be bashful and above all don’t be intimidated. Me and everyone else learned to crawl before we could walk and we are just trying to help you. If you don’t feel comfortable on the forum then email me directly. Once again, here is the link to the forum.
Have a good weekend and tomorrow I’ll be checking for input!