I have not been able to sleep much the last few nights since I uncovered those pine boards. So today being a day off, I decided to jump in and start marking and measuring them. I am using the drawing in Pierre Ramond’s book Marquetry, and Paul Shipwright’s sketchup as my base. Most of the frame pieces are 100mm to 110mm thick. Because of this I am going to have laminate my 50mm pieces to become 100mm… for the base and the column. (still 10mm shy, but I am crossing my fingers the 10mm wont make much difference)
In Ramond’s book, the drawing also has call out numbers for each component. After marking and measuring I wrote the call out number as well, just so I don’t duplicate anything, or miss anything. I used a thick pencil to mark everything out, but its still hard to see in the picture. With my two pieces of pine, I was only able to mark out the base, main column, seat, rear leg and stretcher. Once I got them marked out.. I immediately wish that I had more wood to measure out. My initial impression was that I was going to be able to get more out of these two pieces of wood. My bad, I was taken by surprise when I started looking at the book and Paul’s sketchup model with how thick these components are… and it only makes sense that they are.
None the less…. back to the hunt for some more wood. Thankfully, I made a deal with someone earlier this week to buy a piece of vertical grain Douglas fir. In keeping with the metric theme 50mm thick, 305mm wide, and 3962mm long. That should be enough to get me back on track. With that in mind, I might wait to cut up the pine to see if I can make everything out of the fir and keep the pine for something else, like the saw bench that I really, really need.
A note about the saw bench. I am having slight battle of wills with this chevy build. I have not touched metal to wood yet, and already I am having issues. On one hand I want this done… now… I want to use it… like a little kid with a new fire truck… I want it, I want it, I want it. On the other hand, I want to cherish the build, relish every moment, pour everything I have into this. I am of course talking, power vs. hand. I am leaning towards hand of course, and to do so, I really should build the saw bench FIRST, then there would be no reason to use any power at all.
I might even be able to use the saw bench build to justify buying a new saw!!!
8/4, 12” wide, 13’ long.