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2006/02/11 - The fifth day of the project.
2006/02/04 - The fourth day of the project.
|(Left to right) Jim, Dan, and Donna assembling a trestle. Wooden wedges are used.|
|Jason drilling a hole in a stretcher which will house a bench bolt. Bench bolts are used instead of traditio nal joinery and wedges since they are easier to maintain - the benches will be used by other woodworking classes also.|
|Jason giving instruction on hole drilling for the bench bolts.|
|Jim driving a wedge home as Dan provides support.|
|Matt, Jason, and John attaching the legs to the bench top.|
|Rene checks the layout while John saws the tenon on a bench leg.|
|Bench by Philip, Bob, and Lee. Jim, Herman, and Dixon had also helped.|
|Jay is very happy with the results.|
2006/01/28 - The third day of the project.
|Rene paring. Herman coming out of the supply room.|
|Gene chopping a mortise.|
|Bob working on layout.|
|Jay describing his small polishing plane. Sensei has owned this plane since the early 80's. He's planning to order a similar plane with Katsuburo blade by Tesshinsai Horaku and dai by the famous dai maker Inamoto-san. The blade will have "Daiku Dojo" written on it. Students who are interested in getting a "Daiku Dojo" plane should let Jay know as soon as possible.|
|Jay instructing Jim on how to efficiently chop a mortise.|
|Matthew and Dixon at the sharpening station.|
|Jay's collection of waterstones which he generously shares with the class.|
|There are quite a few nice natural stones in this lot which Jay had acquired from Aquastone.|
2006/01/21 - The second day of the project.
|Lee checking squareness of bench leg.|
|Philip paring the tenon on a bench leg.|
|Herman cleaning up a mortise.|
|Matthew chopping a mortise. Jason in the foreground.|
|Donna chopping a mortise.|
|Jay at the grinder while Rene watches. Dan mortising and Wade sawing.|
|Jeff checking squareness of a through mortise.|
|Jim chopping a mortise.|
|John flattening a waterstone.|
|Dan chopping a mortise.|
|Everyone has a job to do.|
|Jason on a short break.|
|Barry preparing to crosscut the bench leg.|
|With the old workbenches removed, folks do their works on whatever furniture is available. Herman cuts mortises on a sawhorse.|
|Matthew is thinking, "Where's the mortiser?"|
|Philip checks the shoulder of a tenon.|
|Dixon crosscutting a bench leg. He's using a ryoba, which is a Japanese double-edge saw (one edge with rip teeth, the other with crosscut teeth).|
|Sensei Jay checks the edge of a plane blade as Rene looks on.|
|Sarah doing layout: 4 bu from the center line. Everything begins with the layout!|
|Barry crosscutting a bench leg from dimensioned stock.|