I’m beat ladies and gentleman. Whupped. Snowed today (gives away my region of the US). After going sledding and doing doughnuts in the municipal police parking lot during lunch, I got back to work and taught/learned some woodworking.
All the supports are finished, and the dadoes and lap joints are cut out. For the lap joints, (and dadoes) I set the depth on the circ saw and made a number of cuts through the waste wood. Then I took a chisel with some of the children and malleted (with mallets they made! check the pics) away the waste. It worked to a fashion, but mostly it let the kids get comfertable with wood chisels and give me impetus to actually learn how to put a better edge on them. Good times all around.
Then, we brought out the block plane and smoothed out the joints, screwed and glued the top frame together, and called it a day. Seriously, some notes: 1) the kids got a real kick outta the plane, and so did I. Really, the first time I used one for a project and it did a great and quick job of it. It surprised me, I thought they like the power (insert Tim Allen sound here) but alas, hand tools took the day. 2) I NEED MORE PLANES.
So onto the rest. A trip to Home Depot (oh, man! Not again!), a day of dry fitting, maybe some pics midway through next week.
-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.