Step Back

I didn’t get as far along as I had wanted but I did okay. I got the door parts all cut and ready for glue up.

While I was processing the material for the doors I was thinking how most guys don’t have jointers or drum sanders (I didn’t until about 10 years ago) and when you are making doors in particular, you have to be straight….it is a MUST…but then I thought back to how we did them when we didn’t have a jointer or drum sander. I got my first jointer about 5 years ago. Just like we did with the handplane on the step back sides, it worked just as well. Took a little “manpower” but the result is the same. I would hand plane one side as flat and true as possible then use it as the dwn side or indexing side, if you will to then plane with the little lunch box planer I hand and I got nice true stock. I would then flip it and plane the other (hand planed) side to remove any hand plane marks and I was good to go.

Don’t misunderstand….I like my jointer and drum sanders a lot, but in a hobby world, the expense is hard to justify sometimes.

I use a coarse grit paper to process the wood, then move to finer grits once Im close to dimension.

I use a coarse grit paper to process the wood, then move to finer grits once I'm close to dimension.


I use sidewalk chalk to mark the jointed side that I will index from when I go to the sander.

I use sidewalk chalk to mark the jointed side that I will index from when I go to the sander.


Processing several pieces at a time to the same dimension

Processing several pieces at a time to the same dimension


Processing through the Drum Sander

Processing through the Drum Sander


Stack of Door Stock - Flat & True

Stack of Door Stock - Flat & True


While I was writing this I got a call from one of my finishing class guys who went into the cabinet business. He was telling me how even in this economy he was staying busy and he said, “Ya know, you were right, the finish sells it!” He went on how people see his work and how they always comment on the finish and he has gotten business because of it….I understand, it makes all the difference.

In a world of economic doom and gloom, I’ve got some good news. Like the gy above, we have been getting furniture inquiries and taking orders. I was talking to my friend Bob (bigbob on the forum), he said he was getting orders for furniture as well.

I personally think that if we turned off the TV and radio and quit listening to all the fear mongers, things would improve dramatically. The majority of folks have a little spendable income, they are just scared to spend it and we are all seeing the result of that.

Going to wrap up the step back today and then I need to film some stuff and in between I’ve got a lot of finishing to wrap up, then on to the seed press.

Got the glue in my hand, later ya’ll.

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