To continue - As I said, I'm using the #60 1/2 to square, size and thickness plane all of the pieces. To facilitate that, I use a shooting board shown below. In the projects I do (mostly small items) the shooting board is one of the most important jigs. You'll go crazy trying to square things without one. It is also very handy for me to achieve the final dimensions on small projects like this where accuracy is important.
You can see from the pile of small shavings how much I use the plane/shooting board for final dimensioning. Maybe it's because of the saw I'm using, but I'm more comfortable using this methodology. Actually, I think it's just because I love the feeling of the plane shaving the wood.
I know in a previous post I said the third tool I would choose would be a 1/4" chisel - well I'm changing my mind again and not using a chisel, rather my final tool will be a card scraper
Yes that's right - a card scraper.
After I got into this project I realized I really didn't need a chisel (I could use one, but don't really need it) so I decided to use a card scraper instead. I had a few plane marks left on the wood (I probably should have stopped and added a little more camber to the blade but I was lazy and didn't want to stop) so I decided to use the card scraper to clean the faces a little.
I will also use the scraper to fine tune thickness and fit a little later in the build.
So, here is where I'm at after a couple of hours of work. This picture shows about half of the pieces I'll need for this project. All of them are 1/4" in thickness.
It would have been real easy to go and buy a S4S board a 1/4" thick for this project, but what would be the fun in that.
That's all for tonight, I hope to get back to the project in the next couple of days and plan on finishing it (literally and figuratively) by the end of the weekend.........assuming I don't get too caught up in watching the Olympics.
Questions, critique and criticism are all welcome as are guesses on what the project actually is.