Just dimensioned the first piece of lumber for this project--the 11" x 1" x 3/8" thick white oak rail for the front and back frames--it's nice and glossy ready for finishing! I am saving all the shavings from my hand plane in a gallon zip lock bag, to use as packing material for when I ship the Shaker Frame Chest to her--it seems like it would be a lovely touch, the shavings all being from the chest I made her. I am also considering making a shipping crate out of wood for it to ship it in--I wonder if the Post Office will ship something in a wooden crate versus a cardboard box?
EDIT: WOW!--I am having so much fun with woodworking. This is my first real project where I am using hand tools for cutting and dimensioning/milling lumber. It's on a small scale but same principles. I am just using a backsaw, stanly #5 jack and a shoot board (which is also functioning as a bench hook for planing the sides and faces of the length of these rails). I just matched a second piece very easily to my reference rail. They are pretty much an exact match and square. I can tell I am really gonna like woodworking with hand tools! :)
Last edited by woodgeekess; 03-23-2012 at 02:37 PM.