The lady's desk project I have coming up one of these days will need some serious resawing, unless I decide to go find some more, thin lumber. I decided to practice up the other day.
I got a cool, new (to me) old hand saw a couple years back intended to become a re-sawing monster. For some reason, it is filed crosscut, with massive 4 PPI ( 3 TPI) teeth. I figured this saw would be awesome once it was filed rip. So I started working on it.
|No idea what someone was thinking filing this monster crosscut.|
More on that project another time. Needless to say, I didn't finish this yet. Re-shaping those massive teeth is turning out to be a lot of work.
Moving on, I decided I had to try making one of those cool batmosquares that Christopher Schwarz has been talking about lately.
I had a perfect piece of quarter sawn oak, that was left over from a saw handle build a while back.
|Perfect shape for this project.|
The first thing I did with this piece of oak that was a bit over 1" thick, was to rough out the shape. I laid it out using a french curve template that I printed out from the internet. No need for this to be too pretty, though. I just thought I would get the unnecessary bits of lumber out of the way to make resawing easier.
Turns out, that was a good call.
|Resawing the stock was simpler with the piece cut to rough shape.|
In case you are wondering, the saw I used for this was a 5 point rip.
To be on the safe side, I laid out the board at 9/32", and cut a little fat of the line. Turns out there was no need. I wound up having to plane a lot away to get it to fit in the 1/4" groove I cut in the stock of the square.
|I wound up with plenty of extra for another one. Maybe even two!|
|Squaring up the stock. Is that considered a clever pun amongst woodworkers?|
|Waiting for the glue to dry.|
|See what I mean about building CS projects? Moxon vise, Roubo bench, and CS' bowsaw being used to hold a Fledermaus square.|
|Hand cut rasps with fine teeth seem to work well enough for this.|
|Unfenced rabbet plane in use.|
|Chamfering the edge. I used the rabbet because I already had it out for the rabbets I just cut. No need to get another plane out.|
|I like it.|