I know I have been trying to get good at resawing by hand, but if an opportunity presents itself to do this work with a machine, I'm sorry but I am going to take advantage of it.
The oak turned out awesome, and I have one of the tills installed. The other two should be ready next week, except that we weren't able to get quite enough from the board I had for three drawers. I'll have to get some more or come up with plan B.
The pear was interesting. The stick I started with (see it in a previous blog post here) was clear the whole way through, except for some crazy grain on the end that I intended to cut off.
The good news is that after resawing and running through the planer, I had stock to make a pair of #10's, and a pair of #6's. The bad news was a big check running down the middle of both halves.
|Resawn plane blanks|
|A check was on the inside of the board.|
If not, I'll just see how far it goes, and make a smaller plane from the blank.
One of the #6 blanks has a knot hole on an edge. I don't think this will be a problem if this becomes the top of the plane. Perhaps it will make an interesting visual effect.
If I don't feel 100% comfortable with these blanks remaining stable, I have plenty more pear. I might even be able to get nearly an entire half-set from the board I brought home from the lumberyard.
Next post: tool chest ready to paint. That is, if everything goes right.