Lamp Plates: Day 2

Got a hold of some free time today during naps and continued work on Jim’s aspen mounting plates for his new garage lights.

I took the two blanks of wood that I had sketched the design on from last time—here’s the picture from the last entry to refresh your memory (Thanksgiving and vacation right before that really but a damper on my shop time):As you can see I had cut the first plate with the coping saw (that took a while and wasn’t that easy to control, but I did it).   Right after that picture was taken my dad informed me he was donating his old scroll saw to my shop so I decided to wait until I had time to play.  Well, that was today.

Here’s the result:

Not bad for a scrolling rookie!  My first 2 cuts on the little scroll saw.  Not hard at all, just a little tricky if you go too fast.  I can tell I’m going to have fun with the scroll saw…

Then I put the scroll saw back on the shelf (my big bench tools [router, belt sander, scroll saw] are all modular now, so convenient to just pull off the shelf, clamp on the bench and go to town) and pulled out the belt sander.  A few minutes later and the aspen plaques were nice and smoothed out.

Next, I pulled out the router and tried my hand at routing (another first time experience other than rounding the edge of some molding a month ago)…I had some minor chip out on the points but it was just a little bit and when I came from the other direction it corrected itself nicely.

Here’s the end result for today’s work!  I am mighty pleased with the progress.   I learned a lot about the scroll saw and about the router.  Both tools like it very much when you go slow.  Especially the router.  Slow and steady, take small bites and chew your food before swallowing.  But it sure leaves a finish like glass.  I’m in love!

Next I need to chisel out the backs of these bad boys to match the siding angles where it’s going to be mounted (I have a scrap piece of siding from Jim’s garage that will let me trace and chisel the pattern).  If all goes according to plan (yeah, right) it should make for a nice tight fit to the wall when it’s installed.   Then it’s time to drill holes for the wiring and paint and seal for weatherproofing.

Then, the best part—delivery of my first custom order piece!


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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