The milling is taking some time, so I might as well report on progress in this blog entry rather than in comments…
Sawing (after ~2 weeks)
Nothing really interesting to show, besides sweat, saw dust and shavings… over the last weeks I’ve been busy with work stuff during the day, and milling stock during the evenings I still had some energy to burn :)
So far, the 4 leg blanks are cut, as well as 8cm wide pieces that will become stretchers and top braces after some more sawing. This afternoon I put my plane back together and started planing away saw marks on one of these pieces. Beech is really nice to work, except the lamination is not always consistent in grain direction (what a surprise, duh).
Planing (3-5weeks in)
I’ve planed relatively parallel and square the long stretcher-like pieces. The precise dimensions ended not being identical on all pieces, within 1-3 millimeters of each other, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll just have to make the joinery accordingly.
Tonight I clamped the 4 leg blanks together, matching the grain directions as much as possible, so that I can do the rough flattening on all 4 at once (some saw cuts were not the straightest).
- finish squaring the leg blanks
- cut & resaw one of the longer blanks to make the leg assembly braces, then flatten the sawed surfaces
- start some joinery, at last!
I’ll keep updating this post along the milling process. I’ll write a real post in a few weeks, when I have a nice pile of milled pieces and I can start joinery.