Light plates: the carving.

More progress on Jim’s light plates has occurred lately.  Here’s the update:

I took the piece of siding that he gave me and measured out where the crests and valleys were on the back of the wood and went to town with chisels and Kröktskaft.  Boy, aspen sure does pare nice and smooth with little effort (well, sharp tools help too):IMAG2266

In short order I had carved out a nice groove on each piece that fit perfectly onto the siding:IMAG2267With the exception of the fact that my plan has to be reworked a bit…turns out that the wood needed to be about twice as thick to be flush into the siding’s grooves.  The way it stands, if I keep going, the high point in the siding will be damn near poking through the surface of the wood!  Can’t have that.  Sooooo….I’m going to add wood to the back and shape that to fit the cavity in the above pictures.  That way Jim doesn’t have to spray Great Stuff all up under these things.

But on the up side, I think they’ll look pretty nice:IMAG2265


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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