Friday, February 15, 2008

Of Sawdust & Shavings

Ah.... There isn't anything quite like the smell of fresh sawn wood and fresh wood shavings. I love the smell. Today, the whole house is filled with that smell...

I was able to fire up the new table saw today and it was excellent. The cut was as smooth as glass...and the smell...Ah...

I love woodworking. There is nothing quite like it in this world. Being able to take a lump of wood, or in this case a scrap of old wood, and turning it into something nice.

Today, I got to do that.

Believe it or not, I got to use one of my favorite tools - a hand plane.

There might be fancier, and more high tech methods out there for removing wood, but there just isn't anything like a hand plane.

The sound it makes as it slices through the wood....

The smell it creates with each new shaving....

And the is as smooth as glass. You just can't get that with a sander.

As you might have figured out I'm very pleased with myself today. The large patch in the floor is finished!

Yes - it is done!


(yes - I'm doing the happy dance)

It was tricky getting the last two pieces to fit and THE last piece had a surprise I was not anticipating.

Turns out that the door threshold had a very steep, downward slope on the wooden floor side. It was a bit tricky to get that angle right (still not sure how I did it), but after the second attempt - perfection!

Do you see that color?! Isn't it wonderful?!

That is what all of the flooring in the house is like.

I can already see the finished floor in my mind.

Today has been a very good day.


Sandy said...

Looks so nice. Good job. Something to be said for doing things the old-fashioned way.

Larry said...

Thanks Sandy!

I actually have a couple of friends who are cabinet makers. Thing is, they only use tools from the 18th century.

Anonymous said...

I don't think there is anything quite as beautiful as hard wood floors. Your right about the wood shavings. I love the smell of them to, but not the clean up LOL

Larry said...

Hello -

I agree with you about the clean up.

Actually, I saved a small container of the shavings - don't know why, just thought I should.

As for the actual clean up, I don't think we've used a 'normal' vacuum in the house for several years! We use two different sizes of shop vacs.