|I enjoyed practicing subtle shaping & surfacing.|
|The finish is drying in this shot.|
I started with 1/4" x 24" x ~3" piece of padauk that I had lying around after deciding not to use it in a guitar neck. I drilled a couple of holes with an auger bit on a drill press (carfully!). It would have been better if I had a forstner bit big enough, but I didn't. I pre-drilled a 1/4" hole through the workpiece and the backing board to disable the drive screw first. This prevents the auger bit from pulling the chuch right off the drill press. It also prevents splitting the board.
I used a cambered jack plane to get one side thinner than the other, then try-planed both faces. various tools aided in smoothing out every edge and corner. I used card scrapers a lot also. A curved goose-neck scraper was instrumental in leaving a slight groove between the two holes (too subtle to photograph, but it is obvious when you feel it with your thumb.
|Note that the thickness is not constant. The shaving on top was the only way I could get my cell-phone camera to focus.|