I will cover a few days in this entry, a little time working each day over the last few days.
I needed to mill the walnut to two glued up 3/4” thick pieces for the shelf and second leg. The boards were not completely flat nor straight, so a little jointing was necessary before putting them in the thickness planer. Who says one has to have a power jointer to get it done?
Got a nice pile of shavings out of this board:
There were 3 knots on the backsides of the board I had to fill in—there is almost no walnut available near Louisville right now—so the second board was not as clean as I’d like. The one larger not extended slightly to the good side of the board. Filled it in like I did the cherry earlier.
One thing I’ve been thinking about the last few days is, “How am I going to clamp the waterfall leg?” I hadn’t come up with a really good idea yet, so before I posted a question on LJ, I decided to google it and see if there was a good commercial clamp I should consider. In the process, I came up with the perfect answer—these shop-made clamp jigs from Wood Magazine. I had a 12×13 piece of 3/4” plywood scrap—took me all of 10 minutes to make two. These are perfect for what I need. I did notice that the notches are big enough for quick-clamps and not for parallel clamps. I wonder if I should make those notches bigger to allow for parallel clamp usage?
This project was my daughter’s idea, and she has had a say in the design. Today she came out and helped me cut the split mortises in the walnut leg. If she’s available, I’ll get her to cut the other two sets of split mortises.
-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson