I vowed to be brutally honest on this blog. With each project I offer a critique; you know, what went well and what didn’t. I started a series of posts called “Note to Self” where I offer a lesson learned. And with this post, I am going to open up about the problems which have already surfaced as I tackle the TV Console project.
This weekend has been a humbling time in the workshop. I have quickly learned that when it comes to processing lumber like my African mahogany, I am woefully unprepared:
- I don’t have a jointer that can put a straight edge on long boards. I made a jig for my tablesaw that has helped, but I need a jointer with a longer bed.
- I don’t have a thickness planer. The mahogany has subtle variations in it’s thickness and some of the boards are warped. A thickness planer could help me fix this.
- I don’t posses the necessary hand tool expertise to correct the warped condition of my stock (about 25% of the 40 board feet I ordered is either slightly or significantly warped). So I need to take a class on hand tools. I saw a video about hand tools – it mentioned an improperly set up plane, for example, leads to some back breaking work. I can attest to this because I am worn out right now.
- I am going to need to order a little more lumber and my funding for this project has dried up. This makes me wonder if I should even risk any more money on it.
Most of my problems are associated with transitioning from going down to Home Depot and selecting the best, straightest boards from their stock and moving towards buying lumber sight unseen and having to make the best of what I receive.
So, I am in the least going to finish gluing up the boards to form panels for the middle shelf and the top. I will then locate a cabinet shop that can run them through a thickness planer and make them flat for me. Then we’ll see where the project goes from there. But I am going to take a couple of days off from woodworking first.