This is a quick entry to record the results of roughing in the maple chair. It’s rarely a good idea to rush these entries and I expect there to be some trouble arising in the form of tough questions. The roughing went a lot better than I expected, as far as getting a pleasing shape. By going slowly, mostly with the Festool grinder and a bit with the Nicholson rasps, the chair shapes up really well.
The screw holes still need plugging. I bought a new 7/16 plug cutter just for it.
I spent 15 hours total doing this, mostly grinding, though I’m still moving slowly to avoid mistakes on the first one.
It helps to draw the “lines” and redraw them as you go and grind them off. Do NOT use a sharpie! It soaks in and ends up causing you to remove a lot of material. Duh.
After filling the plug holes, I’ll start going hard with the cabinet scrapers. I have my whole stack all sharpened and ready to go! After that I’ll go through the sanding schedule.
-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff