|Eleven-Foot Pine Plank|
I have made ample mistakes during my journey as a hobbyist woodworker and wasted a fair amount of good, expensive wood. Bookshelves and their like which use dados, rebates and grooves are easy to put together but when it comes to more difficult (for me) joints such as dovetails, mortise and tenons, things are different.
Often something goes wrong and I have to start all over again. I have to either trim the piece that has gone wrong or use it for some other purpose. This is often frustrating because I have been using Teak, which is expensive and takes a lot of milling.
One reason why I have been using Teak despite its cost is the paucity of decent furniture grade wood available in the suburb where I stay. Recently, however, while shopping for some plywood at a local timber store, I spotted some pretty nice looking slabs of Pine, two inches thick, eleven wide and eleven feet long.
I bought a couple of pieces for about ` 2,200 and had them band sawn in half. Each piece came out about 7/8th of an inch thick, which was fine. I thus had 4 eleven-foot planks costing about ` 600 each (including the sawing and delivery). It is not a bad deal given that this is to be an experiment with Pine and I won’t feel bad if my project goes wrong.
I plan to make a two and a half feet wide tool chest for my hand tools. I have figured that a tool chest with two drawers, a bottom slot for hand saws and a shallow box on the top will accommodate the bulk of my hand tools, and all of the most frequently used ones.
To make matters manageable, I first marked and sawed the pine planks to three smaller pieces.
|Pine is very easy to work with|
I found Pine to be extremely easy to work and quite liked the figure. I also found the strong scent of Pine very appealing.
One problem was that the planks had cupped after being band sawn and to avoid excessive labour, I cut them in half along their length, and then milled each piece separately.
I was left with a lot of planks that I painstakingly glued together to make the 15 inch plus wide panels for the top, bottom, sides and divider of the chest.
|Flattening the Panel|
After the gluing, they had to be planed down to remove the cup in each piece as well as the pronounced band saw marks. This is a lot of effort and planing and sanding them down (with a random orbital sander) is going to take some time. Hopefully I will have prepared the sides for dovetailing by next week.
Till then, best wishes and cheers.
Great weather here in north India by the way: cold but ideal for a lot of eating and drinking. My cacti too seem to be enjoying themselves!
18 January 2014
18 January 2014