Okay, so big update here. i did a lot of work the past couple days, and, a lot of milling. I swear, if theres such a thing as being a pro at milling, I’m it. First off, i got the legs finished up; tapered, chamfered, sanded, mortised.
After that i got starting on a lot of milling, first longer boards to glued up in pairs to make the rails.
Then, a pile of smallers pieces milled to 1/2” thick x 2” wide x 20 3/4” long, to make this pile of slats.
This material started out at 1” thick rough and dirty, I spent just under 6 hours (1 1/2 school days) milling.
Then, after the glue was dry, I lay out the location of the mortises on one rail, then transfer the marks to all four pieces (i made all the rails flush on the side of the photo you cant see). I then transfered those marks to the tops of the rails in pairs.
Then today, I spent quality time with the hollow-chisel mortiser. 52 mortises, 2” long x 1/2” wide x 1/2” deep.
I then spent the rest of the day cleaning up the mortises. 21 down – 31 to go.
Some of the other students in my class nearly have their projects done all ready, I hope I brownie points for choosing something that would challenge myself, because this sure is! Slowly but surely wins the race..!
This guy made a guitar stand. In order for our teacher to accept it as a “furniture quality” project he had to incorporate some kind of difficult joinery, or build something else. So, the stand is actually pieced together by hand laid and cut dovetails. Little bit of wood filler and some black (metallic?) spray paint, and hinged leg and he’s done!
This guy built an entertainment centre. All the edges are eased with a 1/4” round over bit. The flat..panel that hes leaning on provides about a 2-3” clearance at the back for cables and wires to come up, he has yet to the drill the hole in the back, it will located around the T intersetion at the back, to cover it up as best as possible. A hole, final sanding, some paint, and then he’s done!
These guys are good carpenters. I’ve enjoyed sharing the two year program with them.
-- Drummer Gandy