The intensity is not overwhelming as I get to work on my project about once a month. Today was the day, and I made some progress. Also made some minor mistakes – as long as they are not “fatal”, i.e. force me to start over I’m not too concerned as this is just a hobby… right?
To get me warmed up, I fine-tuned the joints for the backlegs. I thanked myself for having watched some fine woodworking podcasts (from an iPod, during my commute to work…): I used my business cards as spacers; I lowered the blade to just touch the joint with the cards under my plane. When cards were removed, I knew I would plane just that much. Worked well, and the joints dry-fit real nice.
The grinding progressed just as advertised (in Scott Morrison’s instructional DVD). Him having done it a couple of times and me being a first timer I foresee a day’s worth of hand sanding to finish off the shaping of the seat. I used first the Holey Galahad medium:
I didn’t bother to measure anything; Feeling the shape with my hands seemed accurate enough to me, so the stick is just for show.
After the initial shaping with the Holey Galahad I used the sanding disc (that came with the Bosch sander) 40 grit. Pretty aggressive…
I used the random orbit sander, hoping it would give me more control. That worked fine for the bottom, but as mentioned, I have to revisit the “show-face” of the seat with a sanding block, and I think there will be a significant amount of sweat involved. Thats OK, I can then call my lowbacks handmade with a good conscience…
I have to admit that I’m slightly surprised how the thing is progressing – each separate step is not so difficult and it is starting to look like there will be chairs… This was (is) not to be taken for granted, as I started “fine woodworking” only about a year and a half ago, and looking at the picture of the finished product is quite intimidating!