The left side of this board was handplaned smooth and the lightly scraped, the right side was sanded through 320 grit. You can see that the finish is more easily absorbed by the handplaned side. More absorbtion=more protection.
In this job every so often things fall into place that allow you to do cool things on the cheap. Today was one of those days. My last flight got into PVD at 1:00pm which is much earlier than usual and left plenty of time for an excursion. The weather was forecast to be nice so I lined up a rental car and hit the ground running.
When I was at WIA one of the seminars I took was "Early American Furniture: Anatomy of a Masterpiece" with Jeffrey Greene. Well, it turns out that Jeffrey Greenes retail shop The Ball and Claw is in downtown Newport, so naturally that had to be the first stop.