Saturday, May 15, 2010
the plunge with a gouge
I didn't manage to get any shots of tail making, but it's very similar to pin making. Too focused on getting those joints done to take photos I guess.
Once the drawer joints were done I went to the pulls. This is not usually the order of operations but I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted and I figured the fronts would be easier to handle alone... also JUST in case I biffed a pull I wouldn't have put as much work into something I would need to redo.
There are many disciplines of woodworking and it is safe to say that am not an "expert" in all areas. Carving is one of those areas which made doing these pulls a bit scary. The relative little experience I have with turning bowls seemed to help me out though.
If others are interested in putting some carved details in their work I might suggest to skip the "tool kit". You probably don't need 80% of the kit. Just get what you need as you need them and over time you may collect a "kit" that is tailored to your work. I have 3 straight-gouges so far and I don't foresee needing more any time soon :).
As per personal preference I also modify the handles a bit. They come with such long handles for the small tools and are covered in a dreadful feeling finish. I just cut part of the handle off, shape the end, scrape the finish off, break all the edges and put one thin coat of oil back on the handles and I get a much nicer feeling tool :)
I cut a portion of a scraper off and shaped it to help me along. Luckily Pear carves very nicely, but it's still tricky changing fiber direction in the "valley" of the pull.
It went a bit quicker than anticipate. Not too shabby for my limited experience and they work like a charm :)
While doing the drawer glue-ups I turned my attention to the back panel. The hardboard is a piece that I fit to the cabinet and marked lines representing possible frame dimensions, put the hardboard diagram in the cabinet and see if the lines would work. Like a mock-up. The full-scale diagram is also very helpful to the actual work. Once again, no measuring, no guessing, it's right there :).