Time to Step Up My Skills #5: The end pieces are almost done.

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 06-29-2013 02:21 AM 1814 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been busy working in the shop today. Actually got a lot accomplished.

So… my last entry I showed you that I used my circular saw to cross cut my 8’ cherry boards to a rough length. I had actually completed this step earlier in the week. Over the last two days I kept right on moving. I had already planed those boards down somewhere between 7/8” and 3/4”. Yesterday I started planing them down to 3/4”. My planer is actually pretty cool and has 3 stops on it at 1/4’, 1/2” and 3/4”. So all I had to do was set my stop and little by little plane them down till it hit the stop.

Yeah… I was a bit clumsy with the circular saw. I wasn’t used to it yet. Got some burn marks from the blade.

So then I ripped the boards on my table saw and used my miter saw for the cross cuts to get them to the final dimensions.

If you remember the plans… it calls for through tenons. So the next step was to cut the notches (the mortises) for the ends to receive the tenons. I have a dado set. But I haven’t watched enough done enough with them or researched enough so I decided to use my table saw and just make multiple cuts. I tested this out on a sample board first and it worked great.

I laid out my boards and marked them (1a, 2a, 3a & 1, 2, 3) so that I wouldn’t get them mixed up and they’d go back in the order i had laid them out. I then used two sided tape and stuck the first two boards of each end together. This actually went by much quicker than I anticipated.

This actually worked out pretty great. I was pleased with the results. So far… they seem to line up with each other perfectly. (the one board may seem off… but that’s just because I bumped it)

Then it was time for the glue up. Why do I always dread this part? I did not have enough clamps to glue them both up at the same time. I think this ended up being a good thing. This is actually only my second attempt at gluing up boards to make a panel. My first attempt… not so good. I used quick release clamps and did not notice that the clamps were bringing the end boards up. So I ended up with a bowed panel. Live and learn :)

So this time… I used bar clamps on the bottom… and some quick release clamps on the top. No bowing.
So you’ll notice some wax paper under the boards. This is my second panel. On my first panel I glued up I found that there was a mark left where the glue and the bar clamp touched. It did not sand down very good. So I put some wax paper down. This did the trick. Not sure what else I really did differently on this panel… but the second one turned out much better.

Every other time I did glue ups I used a wet rag to wipe off any glue squeeze out. I think maybe a youtube video by The Apprentice and the Journeyman I saw where the guy let the glue dry and then scraped it off. That guy really loves him some glue. So I tried this method. I came no where near putting the amount of glue on that he does. But I laid it on thicker than I normally do. And I let the glue dry and then scraped it off. Seemed to work ok. We’ll see.

So after scraping off the glue I sanded the panels down. Not completely happy with them… but man…not too bad. I learned a lot and I’m still pleased with how they turned out.

I learned a lot from this portion of the project. Matching up the grains on boards that will make a panel is something I hadn’t really thought of till I was laying them out.

OH… and… I RE-learned something… I NEED MORE CLAMPS!!! LOL (I bet you’ve never heard a woodworker say that)

So… the next step is going to be tricky for me. Another technique that I’ve not done before. Time to cut out the layout. In case you’ve forgotten… here is the shape they will be.

This will be a challenge for me. And… it will test my little benchtop band saw. I’m hoping it will do the job nicely. We will see!

Until next time! Thanks for following this project. I think it builds the excitement for me that I have someone to share my progress with. Your comments and encouragement means so much to me. Thank you all for your kind words, the motivation… and the great tips that you provide. This is truly a great place to come and share. :)

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 06-29-2013 02:47 AM

Looking great. If you wind up moving this fall you’ll be able to make all your own furniture!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-29-2013 03:47 AM

I was going to post this on your other entry but since you mentioned clamps here…with all that awesome (ridiculously inexpensive) cherry you can make your own bar clamps! You will need A LOT MORE for that bedroom set. AlexHarris has a video here on his build and there are other plans available in books and on line. How sweet would that be to have your CLAMPS made from cherry?! Keep up the posting! You’re doing great!!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 06-29-2013 04:42 AM

If you haven’t already cut the shapes on your bandsaw, consider doing it with your jigsaw (sabersaw). The reason is, swinging that large panel around on a small bandsaw table can be quite challenging. I’m looking particularly at the U shaped bottom notch. Think about how your panel is going to have to swing when you get to those corners. You might have to do just half, then flip the panel over to do the other half—and backing the blade out of a long cut with a corner in it can be dicey.

Generally I find that the larger the stock, the more suitable a portable tool becomes (as per example the number of people using a track saw instead of a TS to break down sheet goods). When you get below a certain size, then the stationary tool is easier. Of course, jigsaws are notoriously poor at cutting a straight line (they’re made to cut curves, primarily), so the cut requires planing, sanding, scraping, or whatever.

The best description of a jigsaw I ever read: the saw that does everything, but does nothing well. But sometimes they sure are handy.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#4 posted 06-29-2013 05:28 AM

You are doing a great job. Well thought out. I like your choice of wood. When I glue my panels up to prevent it from bowing I lay board on each end and then clamp the boards down. this will keep it flat and level at the joint. I use gorilla glue to glue up panels. It expands when it sets and will fill up any gap. Cleans up nice and can be stained or painted. I also glue up panels at a rough length so I don’t have to worry about the ends being perfectly even. It is a little faster. If your table top band saw is too small to handle the bottom cut out at one time you can use a skill saw to cut into each corner, not all the way to the corner, about 1/8” from the line. Finish it to the line with your jig saw. This will allow you to cut with band saw and these pieces will fall out when you reach the corner. This will make the turn much easier. Can’t hardly wait to see the finished product. What finish are you going with? Great Job. :)

-- Do all things to the Glory of God.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 06-29-2013 10:42 AM

Good planning for your project. numbering the parts is a very good idea, No two parts come out the same so when you cut drill or fit, make sure you know which one was fitted where for a better outcome.

Looks like it will be a great table!!.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-29-2013 12:58 PM

Looking good, nice glue-up lines and we can never have too many clamps, I need a few more too lol

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#7 posted 06-29-2013 01:52 PM

Thanks! I’m still thinking about the shape for the panels. Not even thinking about how I’m going to cut it… I haven’t laid out my lines yet. A little intimidated by this. Curves…. hmm…. Not sure about that. But you guys are right. I don’t think I can get those cuts on the bandsaw. Unfortunately… I don’t have a jig saw anymore. I did have one… but it was the ex’s and he took all his tools.

So maybe you guys can tell me this… when my mom bought me the circular saw she also bought me something else. LOL… this is how it went from one end table to two. There was a rack out in the middle of the aisle that said 50% off. I was looking at things while she was harassing the sales associate (saying this jokingly… you gotta know my mom. She’s from Kentucky…lol). I picked this thing up, said it was cool. My mom walked up behind me and said… “OH Angie!!! You should get that”... I then put it back on the shelf and walked away. A couple of aisles down I looked back and she had put it in the cart and said… “Now I want two tables” and just smiled. When I tried to put it back she insisted.

Here it is…

I took it out of the box and looked at it but I haven’t used it yet. Does anyone know anything about it? It says it can cut curves. Maybe it could be used?

Well… I’ll find out tomorrow. I’ll have to google it then. Today… I’ve already been in my shop… but I’m going to the Kentucky Speedway to watch the Sprint Cut. LOL… obviously I’ll have my phone on me and checking comments. So comment away!

This has been a really fun project. I’m enjoying building it with you :)

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#8 posted 06-29-2013 01:53 PM

Oh… and yes… that Dremel Trio was only $40… not the price on the box. :)

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#9 posted 06-29-2013 06:00 PM

Ok guys… Lets see now… she’s cute as a button, likes woodworking, and she likes NASCAR! :-)

What more could a guy ask for? (Your ex musta been an IDIOT!) LOL

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#10 posted 06-30-2013 03:18 PM

Thanks joein10asee! Yep. He was an idiot…. LOL! Sadly… the race was rained out and rescheduled for today. I didn’t get to go today :( But still had a great time tailgating and running around the speedway. A good poncho does wonders in the rain. :)

Since I’m stuck at home… why not go play in the shop? I’m heading there now. :)

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#11 posted 07-05-2013 07:03 PM

Here is the word of caution with sabersaws or jijsaws:

The blade will deflect sometimes more than a little so sneak up on your cuts and use a good quality blade.

Good artical and killer work…. Keep it up.

-- Don, Roanoke VA

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#12 posted 07-05-2013 07:06 PM

Oh, a good review on that Dremel Trio after some use would be awesome too.

-- Don, Roanoke VA

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#13 posted 07-06-2013 02:33 AM

Thanks Don. I need to YouTube and google the trio still. I’m hoping it will do the job.

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