OK, the new shop is more or less operational, and I’m tired of working ON the shop and wanted to work IN the shop today.
I’ve been wanting to make a sconce like one I’ve seen from the Blacker House. I drew it in Sketchup, then re-drew it in Solidworks. Earlier this morning I scaled it up a little. Originally I drew it with 1/2″ thick stiles, then in Solidworks I made them 5/8″ square. This morning I scaled them up again to 3/4″, made the stiles an inch longer and lengthened the rails to match. Then I spilled half of cup of cold coffee, which went everywhere, and swore loudly. I guess that’s how I roll.
Out in the shop I milled up some Mahogany I picked up a couple of months ago. It took no time at all to true it up (it had a whopper twist too) and rip/cross cut all of the parts. I cut all of the tenons on the table saw. Now I need to decide how I want to cut the grooves and mortises. I cut a few extra parts so I have some allowance for errors and experiments.
Time to go practice chopping mortises I think. Or set up my Dremel tool in a little router table.