We, MsBubba, Sam the Wonder Dog, Sweet Maggie Dog, me Ugly Dude, returned from several days visiting one of Southern Arizona's State Parks in the motorhome. It was a nice place with a small lake and good views of the mountains. Waiting back home was a package from Ralph of the Accidental Woodworker blog.
In it were two Smith's Arkansas oil stones, a hard white and a soft. I refreshed and flattened both on a diamond lapping plate before taking steel to stone. The soft stone raised a burr quickly as did the hard white. A few strokes on the strop and I had a very sharp chisel.
Thanks Ralph, as you know, I loves me some Arkansas oil stones and these two have a very good feel and did a great job on the chisel.
As some of you may know I've been trying to figure out a portable workbench for the motorhome after watching Will Myers' video building a Moravian work bench it is the one. Most benches I've looked at or designed in my head always had a "yes but". If this bench has a "yes but" I haven't found it.
Anyway on to the chase....I've started the build. I found a 8/4 European Beech slab that is just under 280mm wide and will end up 1800mm long. The legs are DF as are the long stretchers. I found scraps of Cherry and Sapele in the wood pile for the short stretchers. The legs and stretchers, except for the long stretchers, are dimensioned and marked up. I would have started chopping mortises and sawing tenons except this is Arizona in Aug. Monsoon is here so not only is it well over 100F the RH's are also high. By 10:00 AM shop time was over.
Photos to follow,