|Project by SouthpawCA||posted 03-25-2014 12:55 AM||2865 views||11 times favorited||14 comments|
I’ve been wanting a project to practice using an angle grinder. I didn’t want to start with a Sam Maloof chair right away. Along came Wood Whisperer – Marc Spagnuolo and his guild projects. The Contemplation Bench was perfect for what I wanted. The Wood Whisperer videos and live chats are excellent as were the supplied templates and other information.
This project also allowed me to add to my hand tool collection. I purchased a 4 ½” angle grinder along with 3 Holey Galahad grinding disks. These disks do produce a large amount of dust which Marc also warned about. However I was able to direct the grinding dust so clean-up was fairly easy. I also wore my Dus-T tee shirt that my wife got me for Christmas. The tee shirt worked excellent for keeping any dust out of my lungs.
I was also able to get a set off Auriou rasps. Initially I tried to final shape with the rasps I had, but immediately stopped when I started to grind deep ridges into the wood. After a few emails explaining what I wanted to do with Deneb from Lie-Nielson I decided to get the 12” 6 grain Cabinet Makers rasp, the 9” 10 grain Cabinet Makers rasp, the 7” 13 grain Modeller’s rasp, and the ⅜” 12 grain Curved Ironing rasp. It’s amazing how easy and cleanly these rasps remove wood. I see more of these rasps in my future.
This bench is made from White Oak because it will sit outside. I finished it with Hemp Shield clear outdoor oil. Hemp Shield has become my go-to finish for my outdoor projects. Hemp Shield customer service has been awesome answering my questions.