The Sawdust Chronicles Challenge

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Blog series by Eric updated 05-23-2009 03:51 PM 3 parts 3710 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: The Stock

05-04-2009 04:39 AM by Eric | 6 comments »

Okay, so I’ve decided to sign up for The Sawdust Chronicles (TSDC) challenge to build a desk organizer. Never mind that this is a busy month for me, and that we’re moving on top of that. So on Saturday I went to the lumberyard and looked for – um, lumber. I was looking for something that was under 3/4” thick, but they didn’t have anything. However, they said they could rip some 1 1/4” thick stock (is that 5/4? I’m still not up on all the lumber lin...

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Part 2: Okay, uncambered smoothing plane. You got my attention.

05-05-2009 11:39 AM by Eric | 6 comments »

Okay, so I had 30 minutes to work on the TSDC desk organizer build challenge. I figured the first step is to prep my stock – plane, then sand if necessary. I’m hot and grumpy. It’s like 85 to 90 degrees outside, like always, and I don’t have any fan in the shop. But my Stanley #4 seems to be doing its job pretty well. At least, until I ran my hand over the board. So I guess I’m going to work on cambering my blade before doing anything else. Either that ...

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Part 3: My First Incomplete Project

05-23-2009 03:51 PM by Eric | 12 comments »

In my short time in this great craft, I’ve many times wanted to give up on a project. Sometimes the difficulties seem too great, or the things that go wrong seem unfixable. Yet I’ve always managed to carry on and finish. Today I had my first shop time since before we moved (on May 13). I am far from set up at our new place, and I knew it would be a while before I was, so I had left all my woodworking stuff at the old place. So I had about 2 hours of shop time, and planned to...

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