Monday, February 3, 2014

Time to Make More Planks

Finally, I have an apprentice glue-up buddy. It dawned on me that the boy shows a real knack for sticking things together, so he's been recruited. Here's the delivery and milling of the 12/4 walnut for the dining table & bench (quarter sawn for the aprons, rift for the legs), and glueing up the aprons (4" wide by 1.5" thick). The rough stock was only available in 13 foot lengths, pretty hefty sticks. I spent the better part of an afternoon investigating them and planning the cross cuts, not wanting to get it wrong. But it's always a bit of a gamble, and only ended up with what I wanted after re-milling the legs. The Shelix cutterhead on the planer started paying dividends, it's first big test, flawless performance.

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