Working with reclaimed lumber, part 2
Last week, I wrote about some studs that I salvaged from my house and my plan to use them in a box that I’m making for my mom. Over the holiday weekend, I was able to get the box carcass together and build the first tray. I’ve got two more small trays to build and then I’ll be done. The first tray is made from yet another salvaged stud. Once I cleaned it up, I was amazed at the luster of the wood. I have never seen pine with so much chatoyance. It is amazing. And thank goodness for sharp handplanes. Sandpaper would never give it the luster my No. 4 smoother did.
The video below shows a feature I am truly proud of: the tray has a piston fit. It gently floats down into the box, and pushes a cool breaze or air up around its sides. And again, thank goodness for handplanes (the No. 4 in particular). Handplaning let me take off wispy shavings until the fit was just right.