I had made two clocks out of pine. Things went reasonably well and I learned a lot in the process. For the third wall clock build I thought I’d try making it from quarter sawn white oak. I’ve never worked in oak or any hardwood for that matter (been woodworking for about a year). Prior to starting I made sure all my tools were sharpened. I really enjoyed the dimensioning of the oak and cutting the big housing dados in the top and bottom. When it came time to make the grooves with the plough plane and the beading (i.e. the stuff needed for the front panel to eventually fit into), I was surprised at how much harder it was to do this and despite trying to be very carful and using shallow settings on the iron, I would get tear out (can see some of it on the left long piece and bottom piece).
Cutting the tennons in the two smaller side pieces has gone well.
Is this sort of challenge normal for quarter sawn white oak? I was surprised at home some woodworking operations were very easy and some have been quite hard compared to the clocks I made in pine. Will walnut and cherry give me the same challenges? All part of the learning curve I suppose.
Many thanks for your help/feedback.
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