I assume that I am like most woodworkers, I can’t bear to throw away scraps. Now there are times when I will get rid of some, but by and large, I have a lot of scraps in “Ye Ole Scrap Bin.” Some how, some way, I usually find a way to incorporate my scraps into a furniture projects, and sometimes I have used my scraps for accent pieces for turning. More than once my bin has saved me a trip to the lumber yard or Woodcraft, and so today, it saved me again. I just happened to have two long strips of Mahogany that were wide enough to use for the project. Whew! And I would like to state for the record again, Mahogany is my favorite imported wood for furniture making. Do you have a story about how your scrap bin saved the day? If so, tell us your story!
I think with age, some aspects of my patience has increased, especially with of the use of hand tools. However, whenever I whip out a plane with my Sunday student, his eyes start to glaze over after about five minutes. But when it comes to the use of a power tool, his eyes light up! It’s funny how my patience has increased for woodworking, but my patience about kids has gone down. Man, I must really be getting old. I see kids today and I want to shake my fist in the air and say, (in my best geezer voice) “Pull up those baggy pants, pull out those ear phones, get off that dang cellphone!” In the shop, my inner geezer voice says things like, “I’ll show you how to use that ding dang jack plane. You don’t need no new fangled jointer to joint boards flush, that’s just a waste of electricity. Planning makes a man outta you! Now pay attention boy, and lem’me show you how it’s done!” I think I am turning into Foghorn Leghorn?! Thank goodness I still have the ability to keep that inner monologue quiet. Once I let that out, I’m sure AARP will hunt me down!
The milling is slowly but surly coming along. All the large pieces have been milled out, and now, all we have left are the smaller pieces to mill. I really hope we can complete the milling work next week. The main part of our session was milling out the pieces for the back panel, planning them down to the correct thickness (we did do this via the power planer BTW), jointing the pieces together, and gluing up the panel. I asked my student to use his finger to smear the bead of glue along the 3/8” thick boards for the back panel, and this was the first time I think I have ever heard a kid say they did not want to get glue on their finger. (geezer voice once again), “back when I was a kid, I’d smear glue all over my palm and fingers, let it dry and try to peal it off in one piece!” One of the pluses for woodworking is that it is okay to get dirty! Go figure?!
Till next time, keep that Victrola spinning!