It’s another beautiful day in Southern Indiana. My kids are all gone for the day and I’m home alone. What do you think I’m going to do today??? LOL… YEP! I’m going to be in my shop all day.
First, since I know I won’t come in for a while once I get out there, I thought I’d give you Part 2 of this series and talk about the the Project and the Wood that I’ll be using. As I said before, if you look at the projects I’ve posted, I’ve done some jigs and a few other projects that are just pretty basic skills. I have some pretty lofty goals of building my own bedroom suit. Those lofty goals don’t stop there either. But I know it’s going to take some time to get to where I’m going. I’m not great at patience but this year and this passion for woodworking has taught me to appreciate being patient.
Picking the project and the wood was actually pretty easy. Being a member of LJ’s has provided me with a wonderful community of woodworkers to draw both inspiration and knowledge. It also gives the opportunity to make connections with others that share my passion. Recently I have made friends with several fellow LJ’ers. Steve, (Alongiron), had emailed me plans for a project that he thought I might be interested in. Its a simple piece but at the same time has enough to push my skills to the next level. Here is a pic of the piece from the plans
It’s a Nantucket Bench with through tenons. Since I have not done either mortises or tenons before I knew it would be a good challenge. But there’s more to it than just that. As I looked over the plan I noticed things that I’ve just not done before. The ends are made of three boards and the mortises are made on a table saw. The tenons for the stetchers are also done on the table saw. Also, the stretchers have a chamfer on the tenons. I will probably end up doing those by hand. The seat also has 45 degree cut on the support rails. And, as you can see, the ends of the bench have a curve to them that I will need to cut out. So there is a little bit going on with this simple bench. Here’s a little snippet of the plans that show what I’m talking about.
For you experienced woodworkers this may seem simple. And maybe it is. But when it’s your first time with many of these techniques, it is a great challenge to take your skills to the next level.
As for the wood… Cherry! While I made a small (very small) picture frame out of Oak, this will also be my first project made out of something other than Pine. Steve and I had a chance to meet up, have lunch, share stories and he had a chance to “pay it forward”. If you read his recent post about the Cherry he acquired, you may know what I’m talking about. But he was kind enough to bring me a few boards to complete my project. I loaded three 8’ boards of Cherry in my minivan. I was pretty excited. Heck… I still am! LOL
So… Now I’m off to the shop to make some sawdust. I’m planning on starting another doll bed for my other step daughter. It’s going to be a pretty simple build and it is very different from the last one I built. But I will be spending most of my time with some scrap pine that I have and practicing making the mortise and tenons on my table saw. I’ll probably also take the advice of another LJ’er and send that Cherry through the planer today. It was suggested to not plane it to the exact thickness I want yet.
Hope you all have a wonderful day. I know I will. A day in the shop creating and learning… what could be better! :)