Thanks for all of the compliments and words of encouragement guys. They are greatly appreciated.
Today started off like yesterday. A coffee, a bite to eat, a quick browse through the forum and a journey to the shop. Not much of a journey seeing that my shop is in my back yard but a journey none the less.
As much as I love the look of walnut, I love the look of contrast even more. It is for that reason, that I have chosen to use contrasting woods for this jewellery box. I pulled down a piece of maple and cut it to length. I then set up my jointer and checked the fence for squareness to the table. I then surface jointed the stock, checked it for flatness and then edge jointed, checking once I was done for perpendicular surfaces that were 90 degrees to each other.
I set up my bandsaw for some resaw action. I used my setup blocks to set the resaw fence at a little more than twice the required thickness of the final stock. In this case, it is set to 1 1/8". I also checked to make sure that the blade was square to the table. You can see here that I used my digital meter for this. I use this gauge for everything and I love it.
Once I got the maple cut, I set up the thickness planer and planed the cut surface parellel to the jointed surface. I only took off enough stock to remove the blade cut lines from the bandsaw.
After thickness planing, I reset the fence of my bandsaw to cut the stock in half. I was hoping to acheive some nice bookmatching, but the grain in this maple is really not that spectacular. I'm sure that it will be a little better when the finish is put on to bring out the grain a little more.
I jointed one edge of each piece of maple, and set up my ripping blade in the table saw. I made sure that it was 90 degrees to the table and cut my stock to 1/2 of the final width of the board. In this case, it was 4 1/8".