The first thing was to prepare some wood. I chose larch since I still have about 1000 board feet in the barn + 30 logs outside that I stil haven't processed. It might not be a classic furniture wood, but it is cheap and plentifull in my workshop.
Gustav (10) helped me with the planer, at first he was at the outfeed table, but he would like to be on the infeed table, since it looked more interesting. So we switched places. Asger (7) was in charge of removing the chips that came out of the planer. Therfore we didn't run the dust collector, but stopped the planer every now and then to clear it.
All the chips were put in a large cardboard box, and taken to the stable, so they could be spread in the boxes for the horses.
By the way, is there a more correct English word than box for the compartment inside the stable, where a horse is kept? In Denmark it is called a boks (the same pronounciation as box).
Finally we were ready to start with the real woodworking as Asger put it.
He boldly stated, that sawing was not real woodworking, but to use a hammer and some nails, a block plane and some sandpaper was the true way to work wood. I tried to tell him that I believed that sawing was a somewhat noble and fairly integral part of woodworking as well, but he was not convinced.
They both sawed out the rabbet and the dados in the sides, and removed the wast with a router plane. Gustav tried to use a chisel as well, since he didn't want to wait idle for the router plane.
Sadly Gustav made a mistake for the dado for the shelf, so it was not the same height on both his sides. We didn't glue it together, so we will fix it by shortening the sides some other day. He was preparing for riding lessons anyway, so he stopped for the day.
Asger whom I had helped a little more than Gustav, was thrilled when we were nailing the carcase together. He asked if The Schwarz had ever made such a cabinet? I had to show him that it was actually Chris Schwarz himself who had written the article. He immediately responded that he intended to make his cabinet better looking! Talk about having a high self confidence.
I hadn't prepared the wood for the door and the back, since I didn't expect the project to go this far on the first day. So later I glued up some boards to make those wider things. The sad thing is, that I used a perfect 8" board for the first narrow parts, because I thought that I had some more. I didn't! The next width available was only 7".
I would love to do some woodworking in this weekend, but Gustav is active in driving motocross. This absorbs an enormous amount of time and energy. The bike has to be maintained, training always involves a parent (me when I am not at sea), The Moto cross club expect and count on that parents willingly devote entire days for tending the track and participating as officials whenever a race is being held etc.
So yesterday I was summoned to be an official tomorrow (Saturday) from 07:30 to 17:30.
Yesterday and today I have been toiling with repairing the bike so it will be ready for some special training on Sunday held 2 hours drive away from our home..
That is the bulk of the weekend. The positive things about it is that we get to spend some quality time together Gustav and I, and I get a lot of semi fresh air with two stroke smoke and a lot of dust.
I hope that you will all have a nice weekend doing something that you will enjoy.
Asger collecting chips from the planer
Gustav and Asger are making dados
Asger sanding the roundings of the exterior bottom
Asgers cabinet at the end of the day
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