Economy gotcha down? do you have the winter doldrums? I have some of the symptoms…. maybe this will help ….no not me I need more juice than that, a bike ride or a surf, skating a concrete park would be a welcome diversion or a sunny warm boat ride always does the trick but with the inches of snow falling this morning none of these things will work, a snowboarding trip would but doesn’t fit in right now, next best thing ? Green Woodworking!!!
To the shop bat brain! Down the fireman pole, through the Get Smart doors, past the Indiana Jones booby traps and …….ahhhhh shining in the light like an oasis…… the Work Bench!!! Lets create something.
I want to use this slab to make some stools, after considering the seat contour options I opted for a simple but tried and true shallow scallop both end to end and front to back. For me the most efficient way is to rough out with the adze and clean up with the travisher. I bought this travisher from John Kraus, a towering bearded man soft spoken and nice and incredibly skilled, (it was a long time ago that’s how I remember him) Drew at Country Workshops was carrying them. This tool is so nice it holds an edge so well I am surprised every time I use it and it sharpens up pretty quick too. I really need an inshave it would make my world a nicer place, one day.
You can’t really see the hollowing in the seat here the camera/lighting made it very flat. These are the tools I used to shape it.
I plan on turning the legs so I only need to square up two surfaces with the hand plane.I need nine legs so I rive ten or so blanks a couple of inches longer than what I want to finish at, these guys split out real streight and it didn’t take long to make two finished surfaces and a big pile of shavings, fun stuff planing cold wet ribbons off, the smell and lack of dust along with the singing of the plane to the Oak.
Now the blanks on the left are square two sides, on the right have just been passed through the table saw at a little heavier than my finished width to alow for shrinking so when I chuck them up on the lath I can still get the finished thickness I want.
And sized. The one on top doesn’t look like its going to make the grade, a little thin, but I’m keeping it with them as a potential back up.
I put these guys in a plastic bag to help them dry down without checking, I’ll take them out a couple of times a day to dry.
More to come, I’m off to the shop to make chair parts.