After a few passes with the router:
Then some chiseling. Taking a chisel to this block of wood that I have loved is nearly panic-inducing. It looks it's been chewed on by a beaver..
Cleaned up a little, its looking no better
But you can see my big belt sander in the background. That's the hero of the project. 60 grit sandpaper on that thing gets the job done eventually. But my arms are tired!
You can see there are still bumps here and there. Some hand sanding will even that out. Overall I'm pleased with the results. I spent 3 hours this morning at this, and I got about 3/5 of the way through the 4 pieces. I'll let you figure out that math. Hopefully get done with the carving tomorrow, leaving thursday for finish sanding and oiling. Then, MAYBE, friday will be the big assembly day!