All is quiet in the shop. I have run into a series of problems with my current project and I am taking a break.
I vowed to be brutally honest on this blog. With each project I offer a critique; you know, what went well and what didn't. I started a series of posts called "Note to Self" where I offer a lesson learned. And with this post, I am going to open up about the problems which have already surfaced as I tackle the TV Console project.
This weekend has been a humbling time in the workshop. I have quickly learned that when it comes to processing lumber like my African mahogany, I am woefully unprepared:
- I don't have a jointer that can put a straight edge on long boards. I made a jig for my tablesaw that has helped, but I need a jointer with a longer bed.
- I don't have a thickness planer. The mahogany has subtle variations in it's thickness and some of the boards are warped. A thickness planer could help me fix this.
- I don't posses the necessary hand tool expertise to correct the warped condition of my stock (about 25% of the 40 board feet I ordered is either slightly or significantly warped). So I need to take a class on hand tools. I saw a video about hand tools - it mentioned an improperly set up plane, for example, leads to some back breaking work. I can attest to this because I am worn out right now.
- I am going to need to order a little more lumber and my funding for this project has dried up. This makes me wonder if I should even risk any more money on it.
So, I am in the least going to finish gluing up the boards to form panels for the middle shelf and the top. I will then locate a cabinet shop that can run them through a thickness planer and make them flat for me. Then we'll see where the project goes from there. But I am going to take a couple of days off from woodworking first.
To see all the posts on this project, click here. This is post six in this series.
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