Once again, I have to smile at my own optimism.
As I looked at the pile of pieces to cut after returning from my morning errands yesterday, I remember thinking to myself, “I can probably get that all done today.” That included sanding and finishing the pieces that I cut on Sunday. Sometimes I just make myself laugh.
Needless to say, as the afternoon wore on, reality hit. I worked at what I would consider a “normal” pace – neither hurrying nor laboring on the pieces, but things were taking quite a bit of time. It was another example of a gross underestimation on my part.
At one point, I realized that I was out of my favorite scroll saw blades. Now how did that happen?. I use the tiny 2/0 reverse-tooth blades for most of the tiny detail work that I cut (which is most of the time) and both Keith and I had thought we had another gross of them here on hand. But it turned out to be the same small size, but in non-reverse, which meant a little extra sanding when I was finished (for those who may not know – ‘reverse tooth’ blades have the bottom inch of the teeth facing upward, so that there is less fraying and tear out on the back of the piece.) Fortunately, when cutting with that small size of blade, the tear out is minimal anyway. So I suppose it isn’t really that big of a deal. We had to put an order in for more.
I continued to work until dinner time. I finished the lid of the box that I was working on and I am very pleased with it.
I loved the curly maple that I used for the piece. While it is a little darker in color than I expected, it really has a beautiful figure to it.
It is not sanded yet. And I think it will look really nice once finished. The sides however needed some modifications on them from the original design. I had originally intended to make the box with tab and slot sides, but I don’t think that will be the way to do it. I am spending the day modifying the sides and cutting them out and then I will see how things go. It is just one of those times when I change my mind mid-project to make things better. I hope so anyway.
So I will spend another day here at the saw. I have to do some photographs of the first project though, so I will be doing that too. I should however make a good deal of progress. I should have more pictures tomorrow.
I wish you all a good Tuesday.
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