|Project by Damien Pollet||posted 05-06-2011 10:34 AM||1472 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
Aren’t they cute?
I found a nice straight oak board, with just one ugly knot and otherwise pretty nice grain, at one of the local home improvement stores, which I intend to use for exercises and making tools.
First exercise was to resaw a piece of it from 20mm to half that, to test if I’m actually able to properly use a japanese saw. Apparently yes :)
Resawing went well, but the halves cupped so the second exercise was to plane them flat, and I ended up with ~7mm thick stock. In the process I managed to get 0.04mm shavings from my cheap plane, they don’t look as transparent as some photos I’ve seen, but it’s good to know that the plane is actually capable of it.
Third exercise was this, the pieces were small and I still lack proper workholding, so it was more like hand-carving than proper mallet → chisel → piece → backer board → workbench. It’s not easy to see where exactly to adjust the fit… there are small gaps but the joint is solid and relatively square. Maybe I will cut the sides to make a dovetailing square out of it, but for now I’ll let it enjoy the stay on my Swedish-built VVØRKBËNCH :)