I’ve spoken on the matter before, but a good workshop soundtrack does wonders. My absolute favorite album to woodwork by is “Day and Age” by The Killers. I can go an entire day in the shop with that album on repeat. I’ve gotten really into Florence + The Machine lately as well, and Matt and Kim continue to be a guilty pleasure. [I know I’m late to the party and I don’t care].
I mention it because on the docket this weekend I begin work on the frame for the RH-inspired bathroom vanity. First on the list is hand-ripping about 16 feet of quartersawn 8/4 white oak to to rough width. And I find a good beat (and a very sharp saw) is the key to controlled saw strokes.
The boards are all about 9″ wide, hopefully enough to get four 2″ wide boards from each. My plan to ensure I do is to make the first rip and leave the 4.5″ wide boards to sit for a couple hours. If the wood behaves, I may true and joint the 4.5″ wide boards (to at least S3S) before doing the second set of rips. I have every reason to expect it will behave; it’s air-dried and quartersawn.
I also need to do something about my lumber storage situation. But that’s a problem for another day, once I clear out some of my pile with a few spring projects.