The past few months have been pretty light on shop time for a variety of reasons. First I was sick, then there was a month long series of interviews for what would have been a major career change and move (didn’t work out), and then September and October were warm and sunny which was more conducive to yard work and family time. But now the fog is officially back and the nights are getting longer so I am back in the shop.
There has been a lot of milling recently and the eucalyptuses seat blanks in particular have been wearing me out. Between their weight and hardness combined with the weird way the dried (the middles of the boards collapsed so I lost a lot of thickness), I think it will be a long time before I work with Tasmanian Blue Gum again.
I did get a seat template made that will make layout easier and joinering more consistent. I have been using this to make a first pass in polar and red oak.
This weekend I manned to rough mill leg and spindle blanks and made some tapering re-saws to straighten the grain for the crest rail blanks. I’m hoping I end up with at least four good crest tails and seat blanks.