I picked up this sweet plank of 6/4 flatsawn white oak last week in my quest to find two replacement legs for Vidar's Chair. So far, so good. After taking some moisture content measurements that let me know the wood was ready, I immediately went to work laying out the legs around the cathedral grain pattern shown in the center of the photo above. I cut out the rough shape on the bandsaw and let the wood rest for a day.
I then progressively milled the legs closer and closer to their final dimension each day for four more days, jointing and planing, jointing and planing; doing my best to address any movement of the wood.
And, believe me, after last week's episode, I've been on high alert for any sign of even the smallest of honeycomb checks (when I talked to my wife, the handweaver, about this, she thought I was talking about some new breakfast cereal I had picked up at the grocery store. I assured her that I had not suddenly gained an acute interest in grocery shopping, especially when it's not absolutely, positively necessary and certainly not for something sounding so foreboding as "honeycomb checks").
If you see any checks in the close-up image below, honeycomb or otherwise, please let me know! Don't worry about the planer's outfeed roller marks, the handplane will take care of those.
After a bit of layout, it's now time to cut the legs to their final shape/size on the bandsaw.
This is followed by handplaning the legs to their precise shape, making sure the curved surfaces are square to the flat faces.
Next time, more shaping, more mortising.
Hej då and happy shavings!