side table II
huh. a month and a half since my last entry. it's not that i haven't been in the shop doin my thing. in spite of recently taking a new job (which i'm quite stoked about btw..) i've been able to get at least a little shop time nearly every day.
i've worked on a few different projects which i'll have to show you at some point but i finally got down to the lumber yard and picked up some more cherry to finish the table. i'd planned to pick up some 8/4 to use for the legs but the yard guy was a little grumpy about pulling the bunk down for me. he pointed to the 5 sorry-est looking planks i've seen in a while (the dregs of the last bunk) and said, 'what's wrong with those?'
i decided to hack the legs out of a large 10' 12/4 cherry plank i've had sitting around for 5 or 6 years waiting for that 'perfect' project. it's in the way and i need legs. i cleaned up one face well enough to study the grain a bit and picked my section. bow saw chewed through it like a fiend.
about 1.5hrs into the day, i'd roughed out four legs and aprons.
let a week pass and brought them to final(ish) dimensions. decided one of the legs wasn't up to snuff and hacked out another one real quick. about 1 hour including some shop cleanup.
came home from dinner tonight and told the wife i was gonna 'tink-tink' for a bit. that's code around here for chopping mortises. got the all clear and went to work. layout and devastation of the 8 leg mortises took a good two hours.
i still need a lot of practice chopping mortises by hand. i'm still much slower than i'd like to be. a good portion of that time was spent figuring out how i wanted to do the front apron (due to the drawer) but seriously..
haven't done the haunch recesses yet..
total hours so far = 5.5