My laptop crashed about three weeks ago . I do not like desktops . I cannot chop garlic and listen to Yellowstone P.Radio while drinking wine and also sending e-mails and playing “rat maze” at the same time. You have to be standing up for that , at least I do .
I laid out some dementioned 1×4x1/4 ” oak and did all the oak leaf motif layout . Design paper glued to the
oak . Next , drilled a few hundred 1/8 ” starter holes . Ready to cope . After a few hundred relief cuts of the interior persuasion ,you will start to learn how to turn the angle of the blade with yor thumbs quickly between diff. angled cuts and move more acurately and quickly . As you progress you find that re threading is just as fast as with a scroll saw . Can you cut as fast a scroll saw? , nahh , nope . But if I’m doing 4ft. long pcs. I prefer to clamp the work and move the blade . Plus I don’t have a scroll saw at this time, that helps .
.................... So. cutiing this solid 1/4 inch thick oak one by fours . Everything went pretty smooth. Had some tearout on a stile , which i had to re-do , and added about another 9 1/2 hours to the time it took to finish both overlays of this wine glass cabinet . Total of 123 1/2 hours of coped interior cuts . A lot of sore muscles . alot of soaking your hands in hot water at the end of the day , not mention soaking one’s tonge with some brandy at the end of the day . After about 60 hrs. into cutting ,I started to question why I was actually doing this . Oh yeah, I wanted to not deal with the vibration from that scrollsaw over that length
of time . Oh yeah, I wanted some nice quite time to cut oak and zone out .Oh, yeah,I don’t have a scroll saw . And by’zone out’ I mply you should be So comfortable with your technique after a while that It becomes more automatic and you can think of other things while concentrating at the same time on the work.
.......................I’m glad it’s over for the overlays of these doors . What a workout that was . Insane .
I will not be using handles or hinges on this cabinet . I need to get the laptop fixed so I don’t do crazy stuff like this . Making the doors and gluing on the overlays will be childs’ play after facing my marathon with the cope ING! Saw . I’m in noooooooo hurry to start those doors, nope . I feel really healthy , though . If you haven’t tried copeing or ‘fret work’ , and would like to try some thing that is quiet and mediatative , this is it .
If you start doing it for many hours each day, its easy . Push Pull , push pull …..just that easy ( right !)
Woodworking takes us to some strange places ,ummmm.