Friday, 25 January 2013

Week Two Closing

Week two is now finished at Rosewood and I have finished my first project.  These Krenov sawhorses are incredibly light weight, rigid and strong.

The sawhorses are built of maple and joined with mortise and tenon joints.  The tenons in the feet are drawbored and the tenons in the up rights.

The sawhorses are finished with about 5 coats of shellac.  These sawhorses are going to be an invaluable during school and invaluable when they finally make it back to my shop.

Here rest my horses holding up the ugly duckling holding my tools.

Hans Christopher

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Gauging My Progress

Progress is continuing at Rosewood this week, learning to use various machines in the shop.  My saw horses are coming along, but more on that in my next post.

A down side to working in a class of six is that there are not enough machines for everyone all at the same time, so in my spare time I have been using the open tools and some spare wood to build a panel gauge.

A panel gauge is a simple tool, a fence and an arm with a pencil is used to mark out large widths, like a large marking gauge.

Hans Christopher

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

From The Classroom

My Rosewood Bench

Sorry for the delay in this post, I meant for this to come out last week but getting settled and adjusted to the new routine threw me for somewhat of a loop.

I have now completed the first week of the Rosewoood 12 week program.  Week one was all about hand work, specifically hand planes and cutting dovetails.  The first exercise involved making a perfect six square board of poplar, a fun and easy project.

After the board was perfect it was ripped in half to be used as practise for hand cutting dovetails.  Dovetails are a tricky thing to learn by reading a book.  There are so many different ways to cut dovetails that reading about all the different ways can confuse many people.  Cutting dovetails is something I have tried myself to little success, after seeing Ron cut the dovetails and then trying them myself I made huge improvements in my dovetailing.

Up next on the schedule is a pair of Krenov sawhorses.  Stay tuned.

Hans Christopher