Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Sometimes a blog about a certain topic can't ALWAYS be on point. Occasionally, one has to go outside the box and discuss other pleasures in life. Added to that, every woodworker needs some level of sustenance to give them fuel for those tough sessions hand planing or chiseling. That's why it was with huge anticipation that I awaited the arrival of, essentially, the greatest food source in the entire world (bar homentashen, but that's another story). Today I received a package of that nectar of the gods. You see, the NW US has almost everything one could possibly desire and is superior to all other parts of the country, yet it does lack a bit in the treats department. Below is the pictoral tale of this gift from above...

The package arrives, so heavy and yet so light at the same time - how do they do that?!?!

Gently opening the package, somehow refraining from ripping it open (wouldn't want to damage the contents...)


OMG!!!! Food of the Godz!!!!

The wait is over - Chocolate junior time BABY!!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Planer Sled

I noticed that the board I planed yesterday wasn't exactly 'flat' even though I hand planed one side. It still had some rockin' and rollin' going on. I thought today about making a planer sled, which I've read about online. Some of them seemed incredibly complicated, like the one from FWW. I didn't want to spend an entire weekend making a jig (even if it would prove to be useful). I found another one that looked more my speed. With that, I spent a few minutes cutting up a piece of MDF and screwed a cleat on the end.

After locating the points at which the board 'bowed' up I put shims under these locations. A couple of passes later, voila, a flat board on one side. Now I just have to put the other board on it to get it flat as well.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Coffee, Tea.... or, uh, another Coffee Table

Of late, the main activity in the 'flop has been getting the place known as a pigsty more organized, and (gasp!), somewhat cleaner. The end of a project was a perfect time for such activity, however boring. It was just getting too cluttered and busy.

In any event, it's time to start the new coffee table. It will replace the monstrosity known as the faux mission style that sits in the tv room.

Today began the stock prep, and I attempted to plane one side flat. It worked on one of the pieces, but the other one had some wild grain and I was running out of gas. I've been thinking about making a planer sled so that will be the next order of business next week...

Raw Stock

Cut in deux (odd that they're from the same piece)

One part planed