Jonas and I started the day early. Our normal routine is to get distracted right off the bat on one wild goose chase or another, so this year we both tried to guard against that. We jumped right in selecting wood for our projects yesterday, and were in the shop with seat blanks by around 9:00. It must be a record for us.
|Jonas amazingly found a use for his new drafting whales. The perfect tool for the job.|
Late in the afternoon, the mailman showed up with some plans for the rocker that Ray Schwanenberger made Jonas and mailed him. Holy moly! Those were beautiful. He spent a lot of time drawing his design out full size on paper with all of the information Jonas will need for this project. We were all amazed with Ray's work on this.
Jonas decided that starting over using Ray's plan would save time and result in a better project in the long run.
I'm excited about my chair. I selected a solid, one-piece hunk of elm for a seat blank. It will be beautiful. However, it was a bit over-thick, about 2 1/2". I figured it would look better if I brought it down to 1 7/8". Jonas and I figured out a way to thickness it on his power jointer that seemed to work. First I would plane half of the board, then turn it around and plane the other half. Eventually, this left a hump in the middle, but I figured out that on the third pass, if one runs half of the board over the jointer not parallel to the grain, but perpendicular to it, that the board would remain relatively flat. It seems weird running aboard sideways over the jointer, but it worked.
|Jonas testing if planing a board in this manner would work. Happily, we figured it out and saved a lot of calories.|
I was then so excited, that I did my first screw-up. I laid out the shape of my seat on the blank, and cut it out on the bandsaw. I had intended to leave the extra wood behind the rear of the seat blank on until after I carved the seat so I had more wood to clamp to, but instead I cut it roughly to shape. I'll have to figure something else out.
|Bandsawing the seat blank.|
|Some miniature versions of those froggy pastries.|
|I finally got to eat one. As an American, they are awesome. But, I see why they say they are too sweet for grown-ups.|
|Me and my old BU jointer.|
|The result of my labor on Day 1.|
|Jonas can't seem to get away from building things out of a pallet.|