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:
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.