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TSAS Seniors: Making Boards from a Log, Finishing a Case Carcass

After SchoolSean Murray

We got to use loads of fun tools as we built our library today.

Panu re-saws a redwood. (Don't worry, the log is on a sled!)

Ethan and Dexter busted out the pipe clamps to complete the carcass of their bookcase. The carcass is made only from off-the-shelf fraing studs, but thanks to their care and precision, it came out extremely square. (Sorry, we were all too busy to snap a photo!) Next week we'll clad the carcass in strips of softwood, matching the rustic feel of our shop.

With the log now square on two sides (S2S), Trent can re-saw sans-sled.

Sam and Asa used the portable bandsaw and MIG to weld some sleek brackets for wall-mount shelves, while Panu and Trent used the bandsaw, planer, and random orbital sander to make boards from a redwood log over 14" diameter!

...then we plane...

...then we sand.

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