Well, I have to admit to being a bit melancholy the last few days. I found great solstice getting out to my shop to begin the fitting and finish on my cherry chests. I am amazed at how much work goes into something so small. I always imagine things going quicker, faster and smoother in my mind.
It was nice to work in the quite of my shop without having to wear hearing protection to block out the harsh whine of machinery. As I worked on fitting the Baltic Birch plywood bottom on my chests, I reflected on all the great folks I have met on LumberJocks.
I thought a lot about Frank's writings and how wood connects all of us. I also thought about the many woodworkers that have offered kind support and the frequent bits of advice. I half expected Karson to tap me on the shoulder to inspect my cabinet scraper or Wayne to magically reach over to adjust my block plane and confirm a sharp edge.
What a wonderful experience we all share having such immediate access to a large body of talent and expertise from the professional to the novice. Where else can you have a conversation with someone like Todd Clippinger or Mark DeCou and not feel intimidated? Where else can you have the likes of Dick and Don pass on a kind word about a recent project posting. And where else can you get into cyber trouble with a Canadian troublemaker like Tom! Where else can you smile at the “travels” of our own LumberJock First Lady, Ms Debbie, as she searches for that elusive bit of willow. Where else do you get the opportunity to make a friend and share your woodworking by making an inkle loom? I did not even know what an inkle loom was until I started talking with Diane.
Well there are a lot more folks that I have spoken with and enjoyed viewing their projects, blog entries or comments. I can only say I am so honored to be a part of this community!
I am getting up against my own time constraints as I promised these chests for delivery next week to the Clearwater Gallery for the Annual Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. Knowing that we have to leave in a few days and that I have a couple of shifts at work, I did as much as I could before packing everything up to be completed in Sisters.
Glue and clamp-up.
Fitting the Baltic Birch chest bottoms. I used a set of measuring and fitting gauges instead of a measuring tape
The Baltic Birch plywood bottom is secured with Kreg Pocket Screws – these will be concealed by the aromatic cedar planking.
I used a set of aluminum angles and clamps to hold the Baltic Birch plywood bottoms in position while driving the pocket screws.
Scraping the chest rails & stiles.
Cherry frame parts for the chest lids and aromatic cedar cut for the bottom lining.
Raw cherry quilt chest waiting to be packed up for completion in Sisters, Oregon.