Woodwright’s School Day Five

Today we cleaned up and finished our seats. This involved travisher and scraper work and a lot more drawknife work. This project is such an amazing skill builder and you gain an outstanding knowledge of reading and working with wood grain. The drawknife continues to amaze me by what such a simple tool can do in so many applications. Our most difficult cut came at the end of the gutter rail where the seat curves inward before flaring out to the front. We have to use our drawknifes to cut down to the bottom of the curve while creating a convex bevel. The grain changes direction right at the bottom of the cut so prodigious skewing and slicing with highly precise cuts was of utmost importance to get a clean cut. The general consensus amongst my classmates and I was just how much we have learned in the last 5 days about grain and edge tools.

Tomorrow we begin the start assembling all the parts!

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  1. Ethan says:

    I think the drawknife is one of Roy’s favorite tools.

    Does he do the drawknife cam at every WIA? He did it at the second one and had an entire audience of probably 60 people sitting in absolute silence for a good five minutes while he continually ran the drawknife across some wood with the camera projecting onto the big screen.

    It was mesmerizing.

  2. ron howes says:

    Hi Shannon, don’t forget day 6!

    • Shannon says:

      Not forgotten just no time yet to edit together anything. The last few days of class were pretty hectic and pair that with exhaustion I haven’t gotten the last two videos done yet. I hope to get one up tonight and I’ll have another at some point when I paint the chair since I couldn’t complete the entire chair and still fit it in the car.

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