Day 3, March 6, 2010; Update:
It's a beautiful clear cool dry morning here in Florida. No better climate for a good work out. I've spent a good bit of the morning hand planing my Sapele plank for the cubby. It will probably take me a few days.
Here's what I started with.
File comment: The Board... yes, it's surfable.
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After about 20 minutes with my 606 I managed to take off some of the saw mill marks, but not many. I'm being very cautious so as to not tear out any pretty grain that I hope is hiding under the dark surface.
File comment: 20 minutes into the job.
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After 30 more minutes, I made a little more progress. This board looked flat, but it's not.
File comment: The grain is starting to show some nice figure
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After taking a breakfast break, I went back at it. After another 45 minutes or so, the board looked at me and I smiled. Hidden treasures are revealing themselves.
File comment: I love pretty brown eyes.
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Here's the long view. I probably have at least another hour with the 606 before I pull out the 608 to joint this surface.
File comment: Here's the long view.
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Do you like plane shavings as much as I do? Well, if the answer is yes, lust over these:
File comment: The pile. More to come.
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One thing I know now is that I am woefully out of shape. Yes, my hands and arms are tired.
Hopefully, I will be able to get back to it later this afternoon. I have to remove at least another 1/8" to remove what appears to be nail head dents that run the full length of the board.
Enjoy your weekend.