I found a piece of wenge (Millettia laurentii) in my scrap pile, and it looks an awful lot like my smoked oak.
|Can you tell which is flat sawn wenge and which is flat sawn smoked oak?|
Anyway, while I was at the Dictum woodshop, I was not permitted to do this technique. I can totally understand that, as if I was hurt while doing it, their insurance adjuster probably would say, "you let him do what with the jointer?"
I decided to do it the old fashioned way, which really isn't that hard. I used my BU jack (of course) and finished the cut with my hot-rod jointer.
|Any excuse for me to post a picture of this plane.|
For some reason I couldn't find the octagon-layer-outer that Olav gave me, but it was simple enough to make a new one. Follow this link for the original post on this simple layout jig.
|My version of the octagon-layer-outer.|
|The octagon-layer-outer in use. Granted, the pencil mark is hard to see on this wood.|
|Moxon vise alternate use #1.|
I made a decision to saw the shape out of the 2"+ thick wood I had. After Andi and I spent half an hour using all of the geometry, trigonometry and calculus we knew, we figured I could joint one edge on an angle, make a cut for the inside of the crest, re-joint the bottom square and make the cut on the outside of the crest. Perhaps it is easier to see in a photo or two.
|Completing the cut.|
|Ready for the outside cut.|
|The rough crest. I kept the offcut to aid in clamping it to the bench if I need to.|
Enough of that, back to the legs. Plane, plane, plane, plane, taper, taper, taper taper.
I did find another cool use for the Moxon vice. I don't have a shavehorse yet, but I was given a cute little drawknife that was perfect for pre-shaping the rounded tenons on the legs. Since I don't have a lathe, that is.
|Moxon vise alternat use #2.|
I have to say I love this Moxon vice. I have had it for about a year and I have yet to use it to cut dovetails. It is amazing to me how many uses I find for this vise. It is great.
Once I got the tapers roughed in with my drawknife, I used my rounder made by Elia Bizzari to taper the tenon. This tool works best to just finish off the joint. It doesn't do well to hog off lots of material.
|Tapered tenon rounder.|
|Completed tapered tenon.|
Do you think I can do it?