Little by little, I've been hand planing the walnut slabs. It's been reall
y tough going. The rough chain-sawed faces are really out of level/flatnes
s, with many gouges, some areas 1/2", or more, difference. Switching sides
or approach, for the cuts, because of grain direction, making many shallow
cuts, etc. is making for lots of work and my arms working overtime. I've
probably spent 15 hours hand planing these slabs and I may be only half don
e. At least I was smart enough to move from the hot sun, behind the shop,
into the shade of an oak tree.
My initial idea was to make this table as much by hand, as possible, but my
energy level and stamina have really been taxed, especially in this heat,
I have an idea: Why not make a sled and use the router to do the initial s
moothening and leveling of the rough faces. In theory, this should go much
faster, than hand planing, at least to get the faces into their most flat
surface. A one track sled, spanning the whole slab, and just spin the sled
and rout a path, until the whole face is "planed" to the same level.
Do you think this is a better, reasonable approach? Comments, advice, reco
mmendations, etc. will be appreciated. I've never made a sled/jig or have
used a jig for this sort of planing/leveling. I have a variety of straigh
t bits, 1/4" to 1".
Another project: Mom gave me her walnut bedroom set, she received as a wed
ding gift (1947) from her mother. I've been doing a few minor repairs and
will refinish it. It will be given to my nephew's daughter, age 5, who is p
resently sleeping in a bunk bed. I need to finish it by August, when they'
ll be visiting from out-of-state. I'm anxious to work on this project. I
enjoy working on old pieces, as this, especially ones with a family connect