So there is some cool stuff going on in the workshop. The construction of this bookcase is entering its final stages and I am getting excited. This excitement is being tempered a little because making the seat top will be tricky business. The top fits flush with the sides and to get a perfect fit will take skill. So I am progressing carefully as seat takes shape. An overview of the seat design is shown here. In addition to the seat back and arms, I need to glue-up two boards to form the seat itself and that’s what I’ll talk about today.
My plan is to get all the parts for the seat cut to rough size first, add joinery and then get a final fit. After another visit to the lumber store, I picked up a 8.5′ long, full 1 x 6.5″ cherry board.
My miter saw enabled me to quickly cut this board into two pieces; both a little more than four feet long. I bought my jointer plane for situations where I need a flat edge on longer boards. I no longer trust my powered jointer with boards like these, and I need the practice with my jointer plane.
I have been having trouble getting a straight edge on boards which are square to the board’s face. My efforts have led to mostly straight boards, but with a bevel. I bought a fence for my jointer plane which will help me get a flat and square edge. The fence makes my already heavy jointer plane even heavier.
The last time in the workshop, it was all about using power tools. This time my hand planes saw a lot of action: using my jointer plane to get a straight edge and my smoother to get a flat surface. I do not have a jack plane, but I can see one in my future. My planes were especially cooperative during this step. I had a good edge on my plane blades and they were adjusted well – I was in a zone; it was one of those rewarding woodworking moments. Hope that doesn’t sound geeky.
I did use a couple of power tools, one being my biscuit jointer – those are #20 biscuits below…
The glue-up went great. The biscuits helped even out a slight bow in one of the two boards. I give the joint between the two boards an A; there is a very slight, very short gap which I hope to touch up later and the top needed only minor hand plane touch up, sanding, etc.
The last photo shows the seat sort of in the correct position with the perimeter boards out of position, so you’ll have to trust me that everything is coming together just fine.
This means there will be at least a part three in this little series on making the seat. Everything is still cut to rough size, which means cutting to final size begins next; and joinery and fitting. Hopefully a low stress process, but I don’t know…