|Tits at breakfast.|
This morning there was a nice post by Steve Branam about resawing by hand. This was perfect timing for me, as I am planning to finally finish my Anarchist's Tool Chest. I had been procrastinating doing the tills for over a year because I had some bad luck resawing a piece of oak for the runners.
My shop is too small for any power tools, including a band saw, so if I want to resaw, either I have to cart my wood somewhere else, or do it the old-fashioned way, which I apparently suck at.
In reality, I could have resawn a LOT of lumber in a year and a half. I'm sure I would have figured it out eventually.
Watching Steve really gave me confidence that I could do this.
|I thought of it as a lot like sawing tenons.|
|A small piece was helpful for a first attempt.|
|The finished product. Now I'm ready for a bigger piece.|
But, before I go crazy and resaw all of the parts, I thought I should install the runners to the completed till has something to run on. I have a real nice piece of quarter sawn oak that I wanted to use, but of course it needed to be resawn.
Having just had success on a small piece of pine, I thought I'd look for an alternative. I have quite a few scraps of mystery tropical woods that are all about 1/2" thick, so I thought, "Perfect, I won't have to resaw."
I settled on using two 1/2" strips for the lower runner, as in the photo below.
|I saved some material by using two smaller pieces rather than one large one.|
On the other side, I used a piece of something else. It had a really wicked interlocked grain, and was not quite as heavy as the rosewood. However, I think it will work fine in this case. And it is pretty, whatever it is. I kind of like the idea of two different types of wood for this. I think it makes for a unique look. It is a bit too fancy of wood for this purpose, but it is in my shop and I decided to use it rather than wait another year to find the perfect board.
|Lower runners installed.|
Next up, I'll resaw the long part of the lower till, dovetail it and try to figure out what I want to use for a bottom. Perhaps I'll resaw some oak, or maybe find some other suitable substitute rolling around in my shop.