John is back at the chair project.
Guess how I did this? Hint: It wasn’t a hand tool.
If the word “Stunod” was anywhere in your thoughts you win! Yup, I was trying to cut time making the arms for my two chairs. I wanted to clean up the rough surface left from the band saw. I was smoothing the parts with a file and spoke shave which left an ok surface but was taking forever. Also there was some difference between the left and right arm so I thought to myself, “try the router, yeah, that’s the thing”.
I smoothed the patterns perfectly which were made from ½ inch ply. I screwed them to the stuff and set about routing. I was doing fine until I hit the damn end grain. It’s always the end grain… Anyway the stuff shot back hitting me in the labonza, causing me to verbally acknowledge my error. It then continued its’ trajectory hitting the wall at reduced speed.
Well, I was back at it with hand tools when I had another idea! I put down the file and rasp and grabbed my floats! Yep, in front of me on the tool rack are four Lie-Neilsen floats. They leave a great surface and can hog off material depending on the amount of downward pressure you use. It is a great tool and easy to get the hang of. I actually started to get fast at this task.
Anyway, it was a router with a pattern cutting bit. And yes, I had to remake the entire piece.