I've been cleared by the Doc to go back to work this coming Monday, just in time to pick up an initial line (training a pilot who has likely never seen a 604 to go forth and fly as pilot in command before learning how to open and close the door). It is a hard week of leaning between the seats and almost total concentration trying to insure they know enough to be safe.
Clearing me for work also means clearing me back to the shop without MsBubba's evil eye. I picked up some 8/4 Alder for the new dining room table today but first I will finish the small box started the other day.
While working on the box I thought about the difference between Japanese striking chisels and Western bench chisels as I was using both. There is no better chisel for use with a hammer/mallet than a Japanese striking chisel it was developed over centuries for that use with a steel hammer and it is close to perfection. Good pre-WWII Western chisels (especially those with a tang 😇) are wonderful push chisels, light, well balanced, and comfortable in hand. Each chisel, Japanese and Western can crossover and do the other's job but not as well. I'm lucky to have both.
Feels good to be doing something other than sharpening tools even if it is just a small box. BTW, the Alder really works well with hand tools. I may find more uses for it.
Back to picking wood for the table base. I've never used Alder and when picking out the boards all I was really looking for was straight and width. After thirty or forty minutes of shoving timber around and pulling it out of the bin and putting it back in the bin I picked four boards, I did notice one of the board didn't really look like the others but what the hell they all came out of the Knotty Alder bin. Went up front to pay and the note came to $450 USD. Holly molly I didn't have that much wood. Turns out someone put some White Oak and Hard Maple in the Alder bin and only one of my boards was Alder. That's the bad news, the good, my last rejects were on top of the Alder stack and all I had to do was trade the three boards out. The bill out the door for the Alder was $120 USD.