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I have a Gimson-like oak coffee table (a short-legged library table in fact) on my to-do list. It will have some primitive carved motifs and a hay raker stretcher; possibly also edges finished with a drawknife rather than the usual spokeshave.
Since I can hardly carve a straight slice o' bread off a loaf, I decided some practice would be in order. The pics are a first attempt at a diamond motif that's often seen on Gimson and Barnsley A&C pieces.
I marked them out with a mini mitre gauge and pencil then sawed along the pencilled diamonds with a Zona 36tpi saw, with a baffle stuck on the blade using double-sided tape. The baffle allowed me to cut 2mm deep kerfs accurately. I also knifed a line to the same depth along both faces of the plank-edge I was practicing on.
The waste was chiselled out with two skews then a straight bladed paring chisel, down to the saw kerfs and the knifed lines.
Finally the whole was sanded over with a squishy sanding sponge then given a coat of oil to see what it looked like.
Is this level of roughness to carving for such a piece acceptable? I feel it is but would like others' opinions.
I'd like to pillow the diamonds - easy on the points going across the edge but not so easy on the point that are parallel to the edge. Does anyone have a suggestion? I'm contemplating making a sanding fid and just getting on with what might be a lot of pillowing.
Lataxe, a very novice carver.