It’s been a while since my last blog post, but I’ve been far from idle in terms of woodworking. First off, I finished up the new office desk and it works great. The Eastern White Pine is much easier on the elbows than red oak, and sitting on a stool (rather than an Aeron Chair) has helped my posture immensely.
I’m nearing the end of the the bathroom vanity build, which I’ll post in more detail about later in the week. It’s a complicated project in quartersawn white oak that really does a number on my edge tools. I’ve recently switched to a Lie-Nielsen honing guide (which my sister-in-law bought me for the holidays) and the angles don’t match the cheap-o guide I’ve been using forever. They are, in fact, about 5° difference (e.g., 40° on the old guide roughly corresponds to 35° on the LN).
Sure, I could have soldiered on doing the math every time. But thinking is the bane of efficiency in the shop. So I made a new sharpening jig out of sweet, sweet mahogany. This jig is less complicated too because planes and chisels register in the same slot in the LN guide (the cheap-o guide has different slots for each).
Interestingly, the LN guide is also wider. Or, rather, it doesn’t have the extra material in the middle, so on my largest blades (specifically, for my No. 7 plane), it didn’t register fully and introduced additional error. About 50% wider did the trick.
Speaking of which, the new tool box is also finished. It came out really great (if I do say so myself). It fits a No. 5 jack plane, a tenon saw or half-back saw and all the other accoutrements I may need for on-site work. And it looks really pretty.
I have two complaints about it, though. First, I haven’t found any lifts that I like yet. Second, the eye on the transom chain anchor gets in the way sometimes, making it a little finicky to remove the tray. But that’s the cost of storage, I guess.
So that’s all for now.