I was able to spend a good amount of the time in the garage woodworking this past weekend. I was able to move on to do the final few steps of wood working. I cut out the panel and then marked the lines for making a raised panel as well as the location of the clock. I figured it was better to mark off the clock location now while everything was full sized stock. This was me trying to apply a lesson from earlier in the clock making. I had put in the beads before making off the final length and I had some issues scribing my lines when not all was square. I'm sure it will be something I outgrow. Till then, I figure it can't hurt to try and mark with full dimensional material when possible.
As for making the raised panel with my hand plane. It wasn't too bad. I didn't get crisp clean diagonals (most easy to see in the last photo) where the two directions meet. Given it's my first time doing this, I was happy. Also, since I needed to narrow the width on both sides to fit the grooved, rails and stiles, I decided to put a raised panel on each side. It gave me more practice.
It was a bit harder than I thought it would be to get the panel edges thin enough to fit into the grooves but I was patient. I apparently made the panel to wide and tall. I more or less got the width adjusted by planning the same number of strokes on each side so it stay centered. It was also too tall by about a quarter of an inch. I will have to measure more carefully (though I thought I had). I was getting tired at that point so I stopped and will finish getting it to fit at a later day. When I'm tired I'm more likely to do something wrong.
Prior to discovering the panel fit issue, I cut out the hole for the clock face using my coping saw. It wasn't that hard to do but getting the coping saw blade reinstalled when I put it through the panel was a bit difficult. The kind of thing where you need three hands a pet monkey to help you out. Again, deep breath, be patient and all works out. After cutting the hole out, I took a rasp to clean the hole so it looks clean and tidy. Not that anyone would see it. Just my peace of mind. Something I was proud of - I didn't have a compass to draw a circle so I needed to buy one. I went online to see if there was any info on what works well and what doesn't. If you were to believe the internet, a $100ish Starett compass is what is needed. I didn't want to spend that much. At WoodCraft, I bought a $7 compass and it worked just fine for me. Again, being a newbie, I know some tools are junk and some aren't. Glad I tried the inexpensive option first. I also make it a point to tell the wife how I "saved" money but not buying the most expensive option first. Maybe if I made lots of holes all day and needed tight tolerances, there would be a more suitable tool. For my needs, I think I am done with getting a compass.
All in all a good day. A day working in the shop beats a day on the couch. The next day, my index finger was hurting and I couldn't figure out why. I had used the plane so much I had a blister forming. It brought a smile to my face.