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. 

6 comments:

  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

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  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: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/06/29/be-kind/

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