Alright, from last entry I have done a few things, including decided on the end design, and new glue-up of the chess board itself.
Also, I am now in the dark abyss of handplanes – no coming back. Bought a stanley sharpening kit (angle holder) which made a world of difference for me, I am getting such lovely shavings that I can’t bear to throw them away, this is crazy, but I love it.
Anyhow, this is just a post of a lot of pics and also progress report. In the process so far I have learnt that my equipment is not very good, my table saw is quite inaccurate and I don’t know if this is my cross cut sled or my saw in general, but it seems to be the saw. So I get to do a lot of handplaning, but it is nice, I just leave a 1/8 extra everywhere, so I can handplane it down to uniform if I need to.
So far I have completed the new glue up of the ches board and also glued the chessboard to plywood, also routed grooves into the sides for the chess board. Today I am hoping to finish my 45 degree sled and make and glue the edges of the chessboard.
I am loving it, I can somewhat see the finish line now!
Set up for new glue up:
new glue up:
Pattern glue up:
Creative clamping learnt from Mr Ramsey:
I thought I took more pics, but evidently I did not. I will make new pics after I finish the glue-up of the top. Hopefully that will be by the end of day today.
Additionally 2 questions:,
1. Reccomendations for the finish? I think I am going with linseed oil to bring out the grain and colour, but I need a fast curing laquer or similar. I need to put on about 5-8 layers and sand it down to gloss, and i probably will only have 2-4 days maximum for that. So any reccomendations would be highly appreciated.
2. What angle should my hand plane blade be ground to? I have been grinding it to 35 degrees, but I don’t know if this is correct or not? What is the difference in angles, what does a steeper angle do?
Thank you all for the knowledge you have given me and enjoy the holidays!
-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.