Gratitude: being able to eat dessert first.
There are now three segments of egg and dart moulding that will be set aside until other parts are done. The side pieces will end up being shortened by about 3 eggs, eggs that I used for “warm up” or practice as I carved.
Since the last entry, I abandoned those vee-blocks and got a 4 foot long bar clamp to hold the workpiece. Taking a tip from Paul Sellers, I place the bar clamp in the carving bench’s vice and have a lot more flexibility in adjusting the workpiece for the best carving angles.
I laid out two of the eggs a bit wider, only about 1/8 inch, to allow for the miter cuts for the corners.
After carving, I got out the decades old Jorgensen miter saw and tuned it up with some trepidation. It is actually a very smooth running tool, but the incident of a 93 degree miter left me doubting whether to use it. Long story short, after a lot of practice I have learned that the two edges of the workpiece that rest in the miter box must be as close to absolutely square as possible. A workpiece that is out of square by only a degree or two, will result in an unacceptable miter. These miter cuts had to be “right on” because I intentionally left little extra room for trimming to fit. I wanted to get the fit right without long interruptions in grain pattern. Care in the initial squaring of the workpiece really paid off! One joint is virtually perfect “off the saw,” and the other needed only a few swipes of correction to get a good fit.
Next, I think I’ll do the harder of the remaining moulding pieces. The long sticks will be easy in comparison to the mouldings on the edges of boards, which include edge grain moulding runs. Boards next.