Just a little side project: assembling a 10" dovetail saw, a 12" carcase saw, and a 16" tenon saw.
Building a set of drawers to organize my tools at the shop, I am working quickly and with inexpensive plywood. Trying to be pragmatic, this has actually been a struggle between "good enough" and the high standards of quality and craftsmanship I strive to maintain.
Getting things set up for a new pair of homemade skis.
Oh, hello there. I am back at it, this time at the Heartwood Cooperative Woodshop in West Berkeley. First order of business is a plywood cabinet to for my personal tools. Quick, cheap, and functional.
After re-sawing, planing, edge joining, and orienting 112 individual veneers, the final seven-ply stack is prepared for the vacuum press. Located with dowels so the show faces' bookmatched seams are aligned with the center of the buck.
For ten straight days, this is what I did:
To make sure I understand the joinery, set-ups, fixturing, and order of operations, I am building a version in inexpensive poplar before going further with the white oak.
The "screw and glue" method is the standard for building a buck. Pattern routing each new piece against the previous is fine if flush cutting bit is long enough and there is not grain running out along the cut. As much as I prefer to avoid MDF, it would have been a better material for this application. Pattern routing each piece of Douglas fir led to tear-out and inconsistencies in the final surface that had to be sanded and patched.