Wood Thoughts #4: Dear Diary ... (A Day in the Life of a Hobby Woodworker)

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Blog entry by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB posted 04-04-2014 04:30 AM 1347 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dear Diary,

This morning I awoke to a beautiful Saturday morning with the birds chirping and the sun shining, and I was reinvigorated and ready to tackle a new woodworking project. I quickly dressed, had breakfast, and checked out the new woodworking videos on YouTube. I couldn’t believe my luck. All my favorite Youtubers had posted new videos!!! Though tempted, I was not to be deterred from my task – I will start and finish a project today. I did allow myself the guilty pleasure of watching Matthias Wandel take on glue.

It must have been my day because as soon I finished watching the video, I knocked the remote on the floor and landed so the power button turned on the TV. And guess what was on? It was a rerun of TNYW (Season 10, Episode 6) on the Morris Chair. It was perfect because now I didn’t have to wait until next month for the Guild Build.

I hopped back online to order Norm’s plans and Christmas came early – I was The New Yankee Workshop’s 1,000,000th customer and they immediately emailed me a link with digital editions of the entire TNYW oeuvre! I didn’t have to wait. It was fate and time to create.

A Clean Shop is a Safe Shop
I arrived in the shop, and boy was I glad that I cleaned it up last night because I could get right to work. My stack of quarter-sawn white oak was just large enough to complete the project. I should mention that I cleaned the shop up last night because I had milled up the oak yesterday. I thought, “If I continue to be this lucky, I might have to buy a lottery ticket.” It was going to be a long day so I quickly busted out a bending form for the curved slates on the back, resawed the oak and laminated the pieces back together. Setting them aside to cook, it was off to working on the legs.
I prefer mine medium-rare.  How 'bout you?
The legs were fairly straight forward after I dimensioned them, it was only a matter of cutting the mortises and tenons. While I was at it I did the same for the stretchers. Those new titanium hollow-mortise chisels and table saw blades sure did cut through the wood like butter. I batched out the rest of the base parts, did some preliminary sanding, and had it all glued-up by 11:30am.

The BLT with a Double IPA at lunch was a welcomed relief. I waited 1.18567 hours for the alcohol to metabolize (a longish nap) and then back out to the shop.

I cut out the posts for the back rests. I decided not to buy a lottery ticket – the blade on the band saw was wandering too much. But I still made quick work of them with the fret saw (only about 10 minutes each). Then I bored out the mortises for the slats. I wanted to give the back slates a little more time in the bending form, so I spent an hour making some glue blocks for the seats and a set of corbels for the arm rests. It didn’t take Norm this long to build his Morris Chair, oh well. LOL. It was getting late and since I wanted a one day project, I popped the back slates out of their forms and cut some more tenons. A little glue, waited an hour and now its ready for finishing. A few coats of Danish oil and boy is that baby looking sweet.







  Anngh. Anngh. Anngh. Anngh. Anngh. Anngh. Anngh.

Good morning, good morning.  We dreamt the whole night through.  Good morning, good morning to you.

Anybody can do April Fools’ on the First; it takes talent to do it on the Fourth.


-- Fr. Thomas,

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