I am getting more and more pleased with my switch to hand tool woodworking all the time. Please understand, I am not trying to tell you how to work wood. If you choose to make furniture with a chain saw and a blow torch, it is perfectly alright with me. You were nice enough to check in on me so it would be more than a little inhospitable of me to try to convince you to change your ways. But I have lots of reasons that make this the way to go for me.
One of the challenges is that I have taken a step backwards in my ability to produce beautiful work in a reasonable amount of time. That is because there are several skills that I need to significantly improve. While I am working on that there are fits and starts as some pieces get thrown into the scrap bin and have to be redone. That is OK. I expected it. I am happy to report that I see real encouraging signs of growth.
Had a frustrating but funny incident today. I made a very careful knife wall in a piece of cherry today, deepened the wall with a chisel? I then took my Independence tool crosscut saw and very gently stroked back and forth against the knife wall. The cut was going very well and soon I was through the 3/4 cherry. I knew it was a good cut. I grabbed my 6 in combination square. The cut was perfectly plumb and square. Excited. Because this is one of those skills I have been working on. One problem. The cut was supposed to be defining a tenon shoulder and not all the way through the stock. I felt like a total idiot…then I had to laugh.
I am making this clock in cherry as part of my work in Paul Sellers on line classes. I had cut and planed all my stock, so I had to go over to the cutoff bin get some cherry, rip it ti size, plane it, groove it and layout the tenons again. Who has more fun than woodworkers. I hope I won’t do that again, but it was a perfect saw cut. :). I have the joinery done. Next time in the shop I will cut the raised panel with my Stanley 4 and put some beads on with my Windsor Beader reproduction by Kansas City Tool Works. Boy is that a nice tool
If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by. I make good coffee and I would love to see you
-- Ron in Kokomo