Lowboy Build #2: board selection and layout

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 01-19-2015 01:13 AM 4505 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting started... Part 2 of Lowboy Build series Part 3: The things that must get done »

I was fortunate enough today to have a few uninterrupted hours in the shop. I laid out all my boards and meticulously picked which ones I wanted. I had a few that were still really rough, so I (to my eternal shame) pulled out my thickness planer and cleaned off just enough to see what they would look like. I was able to make some decisions from there..

I do not have any boards wide enough to have a 2 board top, so 3 it will have to be. I used one of the boards I got for Christmas for the top.

After marking out the cuts… I cut them…

They will still need to be ripped to width and jointed, but… that’s the top.

Then I laid out and cut the sides… all from one board so they will match…

Then I laid out and cut the drawer fronts..

It might be tough to see, but the bottom drawer fronts are laid out. I intentionally placed some sap wood at the bottom of the middle drawer. I think it will be awesome that the lower part of the lions mane will be white sap wood. Just a little detail I think will be cool.

Then.. just because I wanted to see…. I planed a small off cut from each of the three boards (top, sides, drawers) and put some BLO on them..

There is quite a colour difference in the three… so I put on one light coat of amber shellac to see if that would even the colour at all…

Pretty close… so I wondered what 2 coats would look like…

That’s much better. Stupid light glare…

Now… I would have kept going, but my jack plane needs to be sharpened and I got lazy and don’t want to do it today… maybe tomorrow…

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 09:57 PM

There is no shame in using your power planer for an emergency. Just don’t make a habit of it or we’ll tell Roy Underhill on you :)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 02:30 AM

Please don’t tell Roy. I don’t think he would ever forgive me….

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