It was time to conclude the work on the cross-pieces. First, the outer set of cross members needed to have housings cut in them to receive the Lignum Vitae hinge pieces:
Time for a run with the Ichihiro 70mm:
Note the light brown areas in the grain pattern – this is some sort of very soft growth, possibly akin to the earlywood which is characteristic of softwoods, though I suspect that Wenge is a dry-season deciduous.
Once the six cross-pieces were cleaned up, with a few re-sharpenings en-route, I could move on to checking their fit at the tenon ends:
Just kidding! – the tenons will be double-wedged later, and the mortises are already flared out on the front face of the rail for that purpose. Still, sometimes I forget such things and upon first assembly can jump to the conclusion that something is seriously amiss, then, ‘whew!‘ I mutter under my breath as I realize it is only my imagination.
Next, on to the short side rails for the 0.75″ square mortises which receive the Lignum Vitae hinge pieces:
More to come tomorrow – thanks for your visit to the Carpentry Way. Post 13 next.