Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Horse is a Horse . . .

. . . Of course, of course,

Sorry.

Well the last few days have been a little of a drag. I spent a little time in the shop on Monday playing with the new carving chisels from Woodcraft. Man is there a huge difference between a tool that works and a POS that doesn't. Simple, straightforward, and easy to steer. Very nice.

I got the carving I wanted finished on two of the legs, I learned a quite a bit as far as handling the chisels, working with the grain of the wood and getting acceptable results. The first one took me a couple of hours even though the carving is pretty simple. The second one went much quicker.

Along with that I chopped out the mortises for the cross bar between the legs, and cut the cross bar and the tenons on that. I then cut out the relief for the tenon wedges, and, of course, made a few wedges.

I dry fit the horse together, and then figured what the hell, might as well put the whole thing together for real.
Some glue and a little sweat later and ladies and gentlemen we have a saw horse. Tomorrow I'll be able to cut off the extra tenon length I left on top flush, Fill in where a knot broke out while chopping a mortise with something, (no I still haven't decided, I guess I'm not even sure if I will at all) clean up the squeeze out and maybe throw a little danish oil finish on it.Then I'll get to work on the other one.

Oh I cannot forget that I need to cut the notch in one end to make it easier to start cuts on shorter boards or shorter cross cuts, and drill a couple holes so I can use some hold down clamps with it as well.

Sorry for the short and sweet one today, feelin a bit under the weather and not feeling to wordy or witty, There should be more soon, I may have a place to set up a full shop again. That will be something fun to work on and document, I have a couple commission pieces as well. One is a traditional build for the Medieval Group I am part of. The other is possibly getting to build a buffet or huntsboard  for my wife's sister. Neither real money makers, mostly I'll do them for cost, but they're good for the portfolio at any rate.So with that, Goodnight all.

Cheers!

Oldwolf

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