Today (Friday) I intended to complete construction of Gary's Heritage Cradle. The final step is to make and mount the three roof panels. Knowing today would be a short day - Marie and I have plans to attend gospel concert featuring two of our most favorite groups this evening (Greater Vision and The Booth Brothers) - I was in early and got right to work.
First up was to shoot the final coat of lacquer on the base plate.
But I keep at it until all the tracks have a good, tight, solid fill and the board is sanded smooth and to finished thickness.
I lay out the cuts so that the center roof piece is exactly the size needed, the two side panels are a bit long. I want the grain to flow across the roof in an uninterrupted pattern, cutting the center piece long and trimming it down (by very much) would cause a disruption in the grain. This has to be done right the first time.
It may be of interest to note that this Wixey angle gauge measures the angle on the opposite side of the blade. If I had it attached to the right side of the blade it would read 105°, which is great if you like doing math and figuring complimentary angles. If not, just pop into place on the left side of the blade.
I can lift each joint to open it up and apply glue, then apply glue to the upper edges of headboard, sides and crown. Lay the roof in place and tap in a few nails to hold it securely.
I was already running late - I needed to get the roof fastened down securely before I left so the glue could set up properly - so I'll plug and trim the screw holes and fill the nail holes tomorrow. Then I'll be ready to do the finish sanding and lacquering of the upper body on my next woodworking session.
I need to begin preparing lumber for my next project: at least one two-table set of TV Tray Tables (with stand), but I've been delaying that until a new set of planer knives arrives. The set that are in the machine now are getting dull and need to come out and sent in for sharpening. Those should arrive this evening while we're in Morristown for the concert. I will try to get those installed and adjusted tomorrow as well. The little Delta planer had self-setting knives, making replacing them a snap, but they were also single use, disposable blades which proved costly and wasteful when used heavily and long term. The Grizzly has heavier knives that can be sharpened many times. Having two sets means I can swap them out as needed and not have to take the machine off line for a few days to a week because the knives have been sent out.
We're almost done with this project. Please stop in again next week as we finish it up and begin the next, and I hope you have a happy (and SAFE) New Years Eve.