Hey Stitchers! Nick The Stitch here and boy has it been a fun day! Got a lot done, and a bit more to do before we get to the final assembly stage of the grandfather-style wood wall clock. Hope you're having an awesome weekend so far, and feel free to crack open a cold one for me.
No, seriously, give me a beer. I'm in the mood to celebrate. And I'm not using power tools right now, so I'm safe.
Managed to get the side slabs chiseled out, courtesy of those wonderful three tools I got at Lowes for $10 and a hammer I've had for years. Okay, here's something you should probably know right off the bat about them. It's not exactly a good idea to use a normal hammer on a wood chisel handle end, because apparently it does a great job of marring and denting the handle butt. However, given that the chisels were $10 for the set and I needed firepower, it worked out fine. But if I could find a wood mallet capable of doing the same job, the handle butts wouldn't be so badly spanked.
I mentioned that I used to coping saw ($8 at Lowes, $2.50 for a set of 6 extra blades) to clean up the notches on the horizontal slabs, so here's what it looks like all pretty and everything...
...which looks a lot better than what I started with, after the saber saw.
Now, about the chisels... they may be cheap. They may not come in big sets. But when used properly and with a LOT of patience, they can be very, very good at what they do... see for yourself...
...plus, here's what it can look like with a better perspective to show depth control....
Here's a handy tip, if you decide to do something like this... if you have a piece that you're going to chisel (if you don't have access to a router) all the way across, after you mark where the sides of the slot are going to be, use a backsaw (otherwise known as a miter saw, you should be able to pick up a saw/miter box combo at Lowes for about $12-15) and PATIENTLY work the cut to your desired depth. Then just chisel out the slot straight through (preferrably with a jig or a jig workstation, like the one I have or something you can set up with 2 C-clamps).
You could also do that if you weren't going completely across, but it's a bit more time-consuming -- but it can be done! Patience and focus are key.
So tomorrow I get to paint and stain the slabs, weather accomodating of course, after I clean up the slots with a sanding block. Don't get me wrong, the chisels do a great job at what the do, but sometimes things fit better when the surfaces are really smooth and even.
Hope you're enjoying this as much as I am. Can't wait to get started on that computer desk in the next week or so... that's going to be fun! In the meantime, stay awesome!
-Nick The Stitch