The Big Think

November 21, 2005

Shop Time!

Filed under: Woodworking — jasony @ 11:52 pm

Oh yeah, shop day. Well, to each their own odd hobby.

Today I spent a few hours going through the 20bf of quartersawn red oak for Erin’s piano music bookshelf. I took about 45 minutes to plane the stuff down from 4/4″ to 3/4″. And yes, in woodworking wood is measured in “four quarters, five quarters” etc, and not “inch and three quarters”. Don’t ask me why. Must be some code to keep the uninitiated in the dark and make all the Tool Owning Elite feel special. Well, it works. 🙂

After everything was planed I laid the four pieces (each 10 feet by 8 inches) out and chalked in the rough outlines of each of the final pieces of the bookcase. On this project I’m allowing myself the luxury of not cutting the expensive wood efficiently. Instead, I’m laying the cuts out to take maximum advantage of the beautiful grain and rays of this most beautiful wood. It means more waste, but it also means that every piece will have perfect grain.

In making my board foot calculations, I tried to include 20% for wastage. Unfortunately, the one big piece that I had decided to use for the top has some grain imperfections on one end. I could use it, but the less-than-perfect grain would haunt me. So I’m going to save this $33 board for something else and go back to the lumberyard. It’s not really a $33 mistake since I’m going to eventually use it, but it’s a bit of a pain. Taught me to be more careful when I look for the good stuff.

Next time I get some shop time I’ll joint the edges and begin the careful process of cutting the pieces to final dimension. I’ll also cut the large pieces for the bookmatched side panels. Then I’ll start in on the joinery, plywood cuts, and eventually the top. I’m taking pictures as I go for a big write up here.

So nice to get back out there.

1 Comment »

  1. I really don’t think knitting OR woodworking qualify as “odd” hobbies. I could be wrong, but neither strikes me as off the beaten path.

    Now, if we collected used shoelaces or something, you’d have a point.

    Comment by Katherine — November 24, 2005 @ 1:41 am

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