|Project by daltxguy||posted 09-12-2010 02:10 PM||4151 views||3 times favorited||16 comments|
Ok, honest, this was in the works before the recent grease box craze started…but then maybe the source of all this is the same – Roy Underhill.
Yes, this was inspired by Mr Woodwright himself. Beginning with the LJ Milling event and a few days vacation watching Mr Underhill’s woodworking porn led to this ‘simple’ project found from his online videos
Hey, that looks like something I can do in about an hour… and I needed some instant gratification in the project scene. Well, trust me, this is more complicated than it looks and only an interesting wood and some sanding and finishing diverts away from some obvious flaws and unskilled workmanship. Don’t be fooled by Roy’s wit and fumbling fingers and one-take episodes. He’s done a huge amount of preparation and always pulls another more advanced piece of the same project from up his sleeves to pull it all off in 22 minutes. The magic when going from the current operation to an already completed one will be the details which confounds and stretches his 22 minutes episode into 22 hours in the shop.
This is made from a windblown Silver Beech ( Nothofagus Menziesii ) which I harvested 2 years ago and was split and has been drying every since. Beautiful straight grain and just a touch of spalting and I have wood for another 3 do-overs. The ‘dovetail’ is rimu. Finished with my usual linseed oil – though I will have to try other finishes for Silver beech as it seems to make it look ‘dirty’ in my opinion.
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!