15 February 2012
Mission Sliding Bookstand
Yet over the December holidays I decided to do a quick and small project just for relaxation. I picked this project because I have a place for it, and I want to get some practice using my Peart's Punches. I also decided to use this small & quick (read easy) project as a gateway to start using hand tools predominantly in my workshop.
By the way, you don't always make stuff for a reason. I just have to make a Shaker bench (the variation with the backrest) because it is a very beautiful piece for me even though I have absolutley nowhere to put it.
Lesson learnt. The Peart's Punches are very clever, but I battled to get them in a straight line. Next time I need to tape down a fence on which to lean them against. Rounding the corners without a rasp was not fun. Working with small pieces and clamping small pieces is in many situations more difficult than working with larger pieces
The rebate was done on the router table. And on this subject, I read a lot about predominantly hand tool workers who justify one or three power tools that they cannot do without. Most include a bandsaw and almost none include a router table. If I could pick only two power tools in my hand-tool workshop they would be the thicknesser planer and the router table. The bandsaw is great but comes in a distant third before the large belt sander.
Another way to approach this project is to make up 6mm MDF templates of the uprights & legs. Then with a pattern router one could cut multiple pieces in a flash. The rails are easy. This doesn't sound like a hand tool woodworker now, does it!