I began working on the pulpit about the time of my last post, almost 3 weeks ago from the time of this writing. Actually, right after I finished work on the corner cabinet, I had to rebuild my clamp rack, which literally fell apart & off the wall of my shop while I was applying finish to the corner cabinet. The issue with the clamp rack had to do with the fact that I used solid wood for the stiles & had drilled holes in the end grain for home made pivot hinges. The wood split out under the load. Not that I own all that many clamps . . .
At any rate, after remaking the rack, I got started milling up the lumber for the corner posts. There were three 8/4 boards about 2 1/8" thick, give or take, that I needed to be exactly 2" thick after milling, but I didn't have a lot of hope that they would turn out to be that thick. Also, the boards were about 10 1/4" wide, and my jointer is only 6" wide.
The grain in these boards was amazingly straight. There was a little bit of cathedral grain in the middle of the boards, and they all looked like they came from the same board. I had more than enough lumber in these three boards to make the twelve posts I needed, so I just went ahead & ripped the three of them in half.
After that, it was time to face joint the boards, my first time doing this for real on my new jointer. This went very well & a lot faster than I thought it was going to go. Next I edge jointed the boards & that also went a lot faster than I thought it was going to.
When I was finished planing & flattening, the boards turned out to be about 0.005 or 0.010" more than 1 7/8" thick. This was almost a full 1/8" less than I needed. However, the eye really wouldn't pick up the difference in thickness, so I wasn't concerned about it.
After getting the stock milled, I then ripped the boards into posts. I did this by ripping a post about 2 1/32" wide. I then planed the saw marks off of the cut-off before ripping the second post from that piece. Once all of the posts were cut, I then planed the saw marks off of the cut faces of the posts.
Once the posts were cut, I left them alone for a few days, leaning against a wall in my garage. I'm happy to report that these posts have moved less than 1/32" from straight since then. With the changes in humidity we have here in the summer, some movement is inevitable.
I then began laying out all of the joinery I needed to cut. This was complicated by the fact that no two posts were identical, and they weren't symmetrical, so each post's orientation relative to the others mattered. I marked up one post, and then realized that I got one face wrong. I ended up sanding the marks off & trying again. I eventually got the layout correct, but it took a few days working for an hour or two after dinner.
At this point, my two week summer vacation began. I spent part of the 4th of July milling the lumber for the rails & center stile. Then we had to pack for our trip to Hershey, PA.
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