One thing I don’t tend to mention too often in my accounting of these build thread is the amount of time I spend here:
That is my sharpening ‘pit’. You can see some chisels over to the side – generally I sharpen chisels in batches of 5 or so, and am working away in this ‘pit’ several times a day. I prefer to sharpen on the floor, knees folded under me. I find it comfortable, though I am quite used to it. I also work at the computer in a similar position.
Here’s a look at this group of 5 after a going over on the rocks:
I’d like to say that all the camellia oil in the world won’t do much good without sharp tools, and I have observed over the years a general reluctance among many woodworkers to sharpen. I’m sure there are a variety of reasons for this, however sharp tools, unless I am completely mistaken, are the very foundation of the art of working wood, and knowing how to get your tools sharp is both the most basic and the most important of all woodworking skills, IMO. Sharpening is both simple and complex at the same time, and is not something quickly mastered and from which you simply move on to more ‘interesting stuff’. Sharpening IS ‘interesting stuff’.
It’s a continuum of relationships: Stone abrades steel, and one works to get the steel flat while keeping the stones flat too; steel slices wood and one works to get the wood flat. Working the blade over the rock is much the same as working the blade over the wood.
Alright, off my soap box, for the moment at least. Yesterday’s post concluded with two of the four Giant’s Arm braces having been fitted to the table frame and legs. By the end of the day (yesterday), I had all the braces fitted, and the table was on all fours again:
Today I did some profiling work on those Giant’s Arm braces, relieving material from the center of the section to leave a structural ‘I‘-beam form behind, just like the central rail. This profiling also shaves a bit of weight too, with minimum penalty in terms of structural strength. Here’s the jig I made up to effect the relief cuts:
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