Last night’s ninety-minute session in the workshop led to little else but frustration and disappointment. I marched out to the ‘shop, ready to begin the process of flattening the two leg frames -which, as I admitted in the previous post; didn’t go together quite as tight, square and neatly as I had intended.
This process began with a couple of bench planes; resulting in a mountain of shavings on the bench top and a wooden frame featuring torn-out grain in places where I’d cut across the corners to try and save time flattening.
I pushed and I swipe and the blade was sharp but still, it was tiring work getting these soft pine frames in to a flat and stable condition. The photo above was actually taken after the initial flattening – I couldn’t bare to photograph a before-shot for you!!
Not only where the faces of the two stiles running out of parallel to the ends in both frames but, upon closer inspection, I noticed that I’d already lost a good 2mm or so in thickness.
Looking at the leaves on the piano hinge I intend to use though, I may be able to get away with this, provided I don’t lose much more than the 16-17mm currently left on at least one of the stiles – the half of the leaf that would be fixed to the leg-frames (acting like a door) is only 13mm wide as it is. 😉
So, I next decided to reach for my belt sander, to try and speed up the process. At worst, I figured that a few cross-grain scratches would be all I was left to deal with… Through laziness (not being bothered to set up the dog holes), I decided to use my rubber router mat, slung over the bench top. So, although they do grip well for most sanding jobs, using a belt sander meant that the frame was sliding all over the place. I never expected the mat to get snatched by the belt and to jam its way inside the tool!!
That’s how it’s remained since. Sometimes, you just need to walk away when things aren’t going your way (plus, I’ve had other things to attend to tonight).
I won’t have much time tomorrow evening either so, I’m currently contemplating what to do next…
Do I continue to flatten these down to, say, 16mm, or even 15mm?
Or, just bin the lot, buy some new wood and start again?!
Thanks for reading.