Friday, September 27, 2013
Darkness after 4
After four days, I'm still working on this concave door. I started with the rawest wood I've ever used, scrub planed it for one day, spent two days with my coopering plane on the concave face, and now I have my smoother to get the final back side rounded just right. But I have this bump. And no matter how much I plane, scrape, or sand, it's not going away.
Plus throughout all this, my arthritic thumb is hurting. So I did what I used to do when I was tired and sore from a long distance race.....drop into a zone and muscle through it. In planing wood, that means I tapped the blade to make heavier cuts, cranked up the speed of my strokes, and stopped thinking. Never mind the gouges I was leaving. I was going after that bump.
Then the birdie chirped signally that it was 4pm. I don't do very well after 3pm so seeing how close it was to quitting time, woke me up. Uh oh....my door. And was I swearing throughout this? My bench buddy doesn't like me using foul language so I've been trying to be good. I decided I needed to take a break and maybe sharpen my blade instead.
Ahhh....back to my door and no more gouges being left behind. My plane is working that sweetly and I'm back to being a happy woodworker. I finally called Laura over to check my door. "What do you think?" "It's pretty good....but I feel this bump."