Still feeling decidedly under the weather today, but nevertheless managed to get 7 hours in at the shop. I was moving a little more slowly than usual, not as bad as yesterday mind you where a lead role in a zombie film would have been very achievable.
The first few hours revolved around the task of cleaning up the shachi sen mizo I had drilled out yesterday.
Starting with a bit of chisel work:
At first try, the test pins barely could enter the slots:
Still, the leg looks short to my eyes, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that the folded sword tip on the top end does not extend to the top of the table – it’s 2″ short of that point. And I am paranoid I guess. As things stand right now (which, literally speaking, they don’t), the table would be 30.5″ high. I’ll check in with the client to see if he has a preference between 30″ and 30.5″.
Tomorrow I’ll look to profile the legs to shape, as the leg joinery is pretty much done save for a little work on the yatoi-sen, or dovetailed draw bars.
Speaking of which, the first order of business on those draw bars was to start the trimming of the lower end tenons. The end tenons will engage into the mortises already done a few posts back on the Giant’s Arm braces:
You’ll possibly have noticed that yatoi-sen ‘A’ is missing from the above picture. I had processed its end portion to the same point as the above pieces, however I then noticed by measuring that the cheeks of the tenon were not parallel to one another. Dang! The cause was not immediately apparent, but soon enough I determined what was up.
Here’s the stick clasped to the support piece I use for trimming the tenon- notice they fit fairly decently to one another along the edges:
What the above photo shows is that the stick had twisted significantly over the past month since it was cut out – not something I had been expecting as the bubinga is pretty stable generally. So, nothing else to do but toss that stick on the scrap pile and I set to work to make another one. That stick however didn’t come out right so I had to make another! Practice is always helpful. Here’s the replacement after I had at last caught up to where I had left off:
A few more pictures than usual today, but what the heck? Thanks for coming by today and look for another posting sometime tomorrow. –> on to post 35