Well, as the title blatantly states, I bought some lumber and started a few projects (in addition to the other projects I’ve got going). I made a trip to see a local guy that owns a sawmill. He mills and kiln dries the lumber the puts it up for sale. He only has local species available but he makes up for that with really great prices. He’s got cherry and walnut for 3.75/bf! The only other places I know of that sell hardwood in my area sell each for $5.00/bf or more so this is pretty fantastic. I ended up walking out of there with the following:
I think I need to add “lumber rack/storage” to my to-do list.
That’s two 4/4 cherry boards about 6 or so inches wide and 7-8 feet long, 5 reclaimed oak boards (some quartersawn), a few small oak boards with a walnut one thrown in there and a cherry board that’s about 14/4 and maybe 4-5” wide and was 4 feet long. Only cost me $40. That’s a good deal in my book!
Now for the projects – I’ve started a chisel rack (which is rife with terrible craftsmanship) and a mallet. The chisel rack is being made out of oak bought from Lowe’s. I saw Lysdexic’s chisel rack build and liked his idea for through tenons so I thought I’d give that a shot. It’s the first time I’ve attempted any sort of traditional joinery and…well, you can probably guess how the mortise turned out.
Airframer and Don W offered some helpful advice to prevent this in the future as well as how to repair this, which I greatly appreciate.
Then there’s the mallet. I’m making that out of cherry with an oak handle. Here’s where I’m at on that…
A pretty awesome first for me was that I planed that cherry almost perfectly square. The oak isn’t planing particularly well. It’s like the grain changes directions about 2/3rds the way down or something because it planes nice and smooth, then all of a sudden there’s terrible tear out. I might end up going with a different piece of oak or another species entirely for the handle.
I also built a general purpose bench from 2×4’s and a sheet of plywood:
Oh, one more thing, my first project made it to #1 lol
-- - Billy