I thought I might share my current project, to maybe get some advice along the way or at least give someone something to laugh about.
I have been doing low tech woodworking for all my life, but have recently been able to get some tools to bring my quality and possibilities to a new level.
I do not have a shop. I either need to work in a small shared space in the basement, where everyone park their bikes, or in my living room.
I promised my Mom a new mailbox for her birthday which is rapidly approaching, so I really need to get to it.
Somehow a mix of naivety and stupidity convinced me to feel obliged to try Ipe as a wood for this project.
The only Ipe I could get were some left over planks from my wood supplier.
Since they are 25mm thick, I need to get them split. The mailbox does not need to weigh a ton.
I only have a TS55 to get this done, in the beginning I thought I might be able to cut 55mm into the 145mm wide planks from both sides and cue the rest by hand.
Man was I naive! At least with my limited tools, it's impossible.
So today I cut small strips from the planks (plan to make Dominos out of these strips. [emoji41])
I left roughly 115mm of plank and cut this from both sides. With some effort, I was able to cut the remaining Xmm by hand.
Now the stuff has to be hand planed, or maybe routed in some way, in the weekend. Wish me luck, or even better, give me some good ideas on how to get this hard stuff under control. [emoji51]