(The explanation of the shooting board from a couple days ago, with apologies to Catie for messing with her title)
Some months ago, drdorothy and thingmaker3 began gutting their house, and many things had to be stored. We had room, so we stored some. Boxes. Furniture. Buckets of rocks. And snakes.
This was fine because, a couple of months earlier, Shannon had given into her growing interest in cornsnakes, and purchased Simbi, who lives in a very nice vivarium in the library. That being so, we moved drdorothy’s crowd in there…which precipitated an immediate movement into more snakes.
And more. Shannon’s now, I think, outnumber drdorothy’s. Our library doubles as a serpentarium, which is a nice word to know, if nothing else.
In the beginning of the library’s career, we made bookshelves. The first turned out well, much better than pressboard. Attractive, sturdy, nice to touch. The second one was nearly professional grade. So we thought we’d give furniture making a shot through the house, since we’d end up with exactly what we wanted, made of just the right materials, finished to suit us, for much cheaper than cheap furniture would cost.
The thing is, the jump from bookshelves to, say, a dvd cupboard with inset lighting, drawers and doors, and elaborate carving is a rather big jump. To leverage our chances of success without raising our chances of frustrated destructiveness, we’re looking for smaller jumps. The snake vivariums are using up the ugly metal shelving we have been using, so it is time for a larger shelf space.
Since it’s in the library, it may as well match the wooden file cabinet and the shelving that already exists. The snake rack is, essentially, a tinkertoy structure made of 1×2 and 1×3 poplar, with thin shelving laid over the skeleton for snakes to rest on. The problem with that is that the joinery of the wood becomes the only thing one sees of the rack, so it’s good to get it right, and since crooked joins in the wood will cause gently twisted framework, it’s even more good to get it right.
Hence the creation of the shooting board, which permits one to make reproduceable planings of cut wood.
I shall illuminate the furniture making process as events occur.
Crossposted from Epinepherine & Sophistry