Yesterday was light in terms of new information presented, but was a very important day. We finally selected the plans for our projects from a selection of four very nice clock designs. My choice …a Shaker style. I decided to go with the Shaker style clock for two reasons. I wanted something without a lot of detail that will allow me to focus more on the process, and for the simple fact that I like furniture with clean lines.
Besides selecting our project plans we covered in detail how to read the plans. Not overly compex stuff, but the explanations really helped the learning curve. We also did a group exercise in figuring out how many board feet the project will take. My plans will call for roughly 10 board feet. Now the exciting process of selecting my stock begins. So many choices ….YIKES!
After class, myself and two classmates ventured over to Tropical Exotic Hardwoods in Carlsbad. WOW …this place has an amazing selection of woods. I won’t even begin to try and list the incredible inventory they have, but here is a link to the price list. CAUTION ...drool will cause rust on the electrical components of your keyboard, cover with plastic before clicking this link.
Before my next post I will have selected my lumber, and hopefullly have begun the process of milling if for project use. I will do my best to document the process in great detail. Now I just have to decide if I go with some stock from Palomar’s Urban Forestry project (discount prices), or if I go for the gusto and select something really exotic. I’m leaning towards the Urban Forestry route, just because it’s my first project, and I know there will be learning opportunities (mistakes ;P). Besides, they have a really nice selection – I have my eye on a nice piece of Carolina Cherry. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.
Thanks for reading.
-- Wayne - Newbie looking to learn!