...Thanks very much for the kind words, Jay! I got the slab from a guy here in North Carolina named Leslie Caudle ([email protected]
Thanks a lot for the link...LOL
It's a small world we work in when doing this kind of wood craft...LOL...
I actually have given Lesly's info out to folks, as I have a dear friend in Asheville who is an Arborist (Smart Feller Tree Service
) who is also a timber framer and traditional woodworker himself, lots of contacts there in NC in general from my days in the Marines!
...I oriented the slab heart side up so that further movement would curl the slab downward onto the legs.
Dan, this is an academic question you could help me with...If you don't mind. Grain orientation within historic application and cultural context is a very esoteric subject I am rather interested in, and always take not of.
Was this selection of yours to orient the cant (aka slab) pith side up based on an "I think" perspective, or was it taken based on something you read or advise you received?
Thanks in advance for sharing!
... The slab had been drying for about a year and a half and it was/is plenty moist in the interior. I expect I'll be flattening it every 6-8 months or so for the first couple years.
What method(s) will you employ to resurface the Cant...power, hand or a combination of tools? What is this choice based on and why?
...I used draw bore joinery for the stretchers. I didn't have to get it perfect because thankfully all the strength is in the mortise and tenons of the leg and top, as you know...
And...!!!...I might add, you did an incredible job of it...I can not imagine that you hadn't made many of these before with that type of fit...!!!
If you have close-ups of the joinery or shoots during the fitting I would love to see them.
...Next up is likely a tool cabinet, or perhaps a shave horse if I can settle on a design.
Cabinets are a blast...for sure, but I simply can not get enough of Shaving Horse!!!!
Do you have a design yet?
Will this too be a traditional build?
Will you use Lesley again for the wood source, or get your own bolt (aka log section) this time to work from scratch, and of what species?
Have you considered trying your hand at riving out your stock from a rough bolt?
Again thanks for posting your project here!