Sunday, December 26, 2010

A report and a post-Christmas word

OK, clearly I'm not going to be up to daily posts. Y'all will just have to take what you can get.

Nevertheless, I have been busy on my projects, and can report that I am making progress on both the writing and the ottoman. The legs for the ottoman are nearly finished, in fact, with just some final sanding to go, after which I will start milling the stretchers for the cushion base. I have less to report on the story; suffice it to say that it, too, has grown some legs.

Here is a photo sequence of milling and shaping the cabriole legs:

Glue up:

Lay out:

1st rough cut:

2nd rough cut, with first pieces taped back on for support:

The roughed-out legs:

 Refining the shape with rasps:

Adding shoulders (cut on the band saw and then squared with a shoulder plane)

One leg after the first sanding (the other three have been shaped with the rasps, but not yet sanded):

Sanding is a lonely business, and probably my least favorite part of woodworking, so don't expect rapid forward progress for a couple of days.

That is all.

Oh! Except for this: Spending time in the woodshop is a solitary pursuit, and as such, I do a lot of thinking there. On my mind for the past couple of days is something Plato said: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." 

I feel like that is a good thought on which to conclude this season. 


  1. Susan, should you ever decide to leave the world of academia you can always make custom furniture. Your work is so beautiful.

    Love that Plato quote - I am going to copy it. :D

  2. I love the quote - but was a little surprised that Plato spoke those words. I need to know more about Plato.

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  4. Lindy-Thank you.

    Commonweeder; It is commonly attributed to Plato, but according to this website, that is in some dispute: