Connect the Dots

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Inspiration fuels me.  When I am inspired, I have seemingly limitless energy.  When I’m not inspired, I employ a few strategies to try to rekindle that fire.  One of them is experimentation which is fun and a good way to practice woodworking.

I usually start with a piece of wood about 18″ long and square in profile.  Then, using straight edges, drawing bows, and french curves, I draw a line on each of the faces of the wood.  With a sharp 1″ chisel oriented bevel down, I remove the material between each pair of lines.  On the examples shown, the crisp edges are where my layout lines were.

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This simple exercise utilizes scraps of wood to improve chisel technique, knowledge of wood properties, and my design sense.  Most importantly, it’s a quick activity that gets me into the shop creating!

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