This is the first fruit of the new jointer being set up. The joined boards were initially merely tests of having no daylight whatsoever in the joint, of having the joined boards form an honest plane, of the strength of the joint, etc. The ‘no daylight’ requirement was fully met. The ‘honest plane’ requirement, perhaps not fully. I think the combination of making sure to consistently and equally pressure the board (passing of the jointer cutting head) to the fence and the blade) as well as insuring that the fence is “””perfectly””” (can’t put that in quotes enough) at 90 degrees are the refinements to be made, as well as to be more rigorous about what compromises can be accepted.
The top is two pieces of zebrawood and the bottom is three pieces of birch, set perpendicularly to the top. For each joined plane a piece of mahogany is notched into the cedar legs so that it goes across the seam of the joints it is supporting.
There are a lot of little imperfections in this one (as if that’s not always true), but I did not undertake it with any purpose except that I learn something. The bonus benefit is that I had a Cable/DVD thing that resting on some milk crates inside the house. Now I can have the use of those milk crates in the wood shop and house can have an upgrade. Win-win, it seems (house and work room) with perhaps another thrown in (experience/knowledge).