I've had better days in the shop.
Today, I intended to finish the shelf project I am working on for some friends. The project is turning out, except for when I cut something too short and had to go buy another board.
This project is interesting, because it has some good paramaters:
- The client said she wanted shelves in a particular place.
- She agreed on the choice of wood.
- I decided that it needs to look better than she expects it to,
- And this project shouldn't take much time. Preferably less than three hours labor.
I chose to use laminated beech from the home center. If it's good enough for a Roubo, it's good enough for me. This will actually take a lot of labor out of this project -- no dimensioning lumber or glueing up laminations.
On with the safety message:
One should try not to rush a project, no matter how fast you want to do it. While planing end grain on my shooting board, My index finger got in the way during the stroke. Let me tell you, your plane will take a much thicker shaving out of your flesh than it will endgrain beech.
After some swearing and a bunch of band-aids, I was back at it. Next, I had some mortises to chop.
On the last stroke, my chisel got stuck in the stock. I pulled hard with one hand, while holding the stock with the other. The chisel jerked out, and my natural reaction was to try to stop the momentum once the chisel was free. I then felt a scratch on my fore arm. Looking at it, I realized how sharp my mortise chisel still must be, as there was a nice crimson arc on my arm, ending with a pretty deep gash.
At this point, I decided to stop for the day.
I took lots of pictures of this project in progress, but wound up leaving my camera elsewhere. I promise there will be pictures of the project when I finish it.