|Project by Craig Ambrose||posted 09-15-2009 01:16 AM||1347 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This cot, made of pink birch, is inspired by one sold by touchwood cots . It’s my first project where the timber has been dressed exclusively with hand planes. The birch boards I were using were planed at the mill, which made it less work than using rough sawn timber, but they were by no means straight and square. Most of the planing work was done with my veritas low angle jack, and an old stanley number 7. I don’t have a good smooth plane yet, so the finish is mostly just done with very fine shavings from the jack plane, and yes, there are still some lines from the edge of the blade. I didn’t want to camber my jack plane blade just yet.
The joiner is all mortice and tennon (about 100 of them), with a couple of nice big dovetails holding the base together. I started doing the mortices by hand, chopping them with a chisel, which was good fun but I did use a router to do the mortices for the slats, in order to get the thing finished. The tenons were all cut with hand saws and cleaned up with a shoulder plane.
The cot is glued together with liquid hide glue, so although I think it’s strong enough to last an age, when something does eventually break it’ll be able to be steamed apart and replaced. That’s how we create the antiques of the future.