|Project by justgrif||posted 10-03-2016 07:11 PM||692 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
Lot of firsts here. First Shaker piece, first time working with cherry, first case piece (which means first drawer too), first half-blind dovetails. First time figuring out how to get REALLY sharp with my chisels. There were mistakes, but overall this was a fantastic learning experience. I feel somehow that though I’ve been working with wood for about 4 years now, this project was a milestone of sorts, and I now have vastly more confidence to tackle all sorts of things I would have been a bit sheepish about before. In short, this was my graduation. I feel like I’m working at a slightly higher level now. Looking forward to the next project.
I’m bad about taking progress pics, but I’ve included what I have.
PS: I bought some Lie-Nielsen bevel edge chisels while working on this project and they are a life-changer after my large, kind of clunky Narex ones. I vastly prefer the delicate size and balance on the LNs, not to mention the minimal honing required and edge retention of the A2 steel. I’ll keep the Narex chisels razor sharp so they can perform as backups if my primary chisels get dull and I don’t have time or inclination to resharpen. Woodworking luxury right there.
I also picked up the Veritas Small Plough Plane to cut the grooves for my drawer bottom. What an easy to use, satisfying tool. And fast too. In the time it would take me to set up my table saw with a dado blade, I can have all the drawer parts grooved and ready to go.