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Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy #2: Part 2- top & aprons

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 1272 days ago 1028 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Entry One: Starting off Part 2 of Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy series Part 3: Part 3: Mortise & Tenon »

OK, now I’ve planed the top flat (Stanley #7 , #6, and #5). Getting rid of the cup cost me quite a bit of wood & I’m approaching 3/4” thickness now. There are some deep gouges left by my #5 that my #4 can’t quite reach but I’d like the project to retain its hand-hewn character. I uncovered wormholes along the way that I’ll try to feature prominently. Plane lovers (non-plane lovers, please forgive me for going on about them) will probably spot that #8 in the background, awaiting refurb & sitting with a Paul Hamler scraper in the cockpit :). That #4 is a Sweetheart with a replacement handle. I fashioned the handle out of Wenge for weight & general coolness. It’s one of my favorite planes & use it with the original blade.

Now, I’ve got my front rails & aprons cut to size. I’m off to joint with the #7. The #7 on cherry is as nice as it gets. This one’s got a Hock in it, allowing me one long continuous shaving. Mads will likely spot that chisel in the background. It’s a Japanese Damascus that I found at an antique mall handle-less. The handle’s cocobolo with a brass ferrule from Lee Valley.

Now to mark out the mortises & do some math. No fancy tools here to brag about, just a Shop fox cutter & crown mortise gauge. My plan is to cut the tenons on the powered saw & chop the mortises by hand. We’ll see how the rest of the weekend goes.

Thanks for looking & happy shavings!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 1272 days ago

good to see you get your execise …..LOL
its looking good sofare I of to the shop now after this kick from you and Mads
I think I can manage a few hours down there even though my back is killing
me after a crazy week on nightshift

take care
Dennis

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Bertha

12951 posts in 1327 days


#2 posted 1272 days ago

Sorry to hear about the back, Dennis. These heavy old tools take a toll on one’s spine. It doesn’t hurt to sit in one’s shop and look at wood:) Health to you, al.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 1272 days ago

Yes this is really nice hand work, love plane cherry wood. Enjoy…BC

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bigike

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#4 posted 1272 days ago

great start, cherry wood acts very well when worked with hand tools I never have a problem unless it’s figured cherry.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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mafe

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#5 posted 1272 days ago

Looking good!
I love those shaves, and the powercord in the background is quite sexy too.
What tools?
Did you use a card scraper to finish?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Bertha

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#6 posted 1271 days ago

Mads, the card scraper was used a bit on some stubborn areas but I’m saving the final finishing for right before assembly. So far, it’s been hit with the #7, #6, #5, and #4. That powercord’s connected to a radio streaming The Melvins, so no need to worry:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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mafe

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#7 posted 1271 days ago

Merci.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Bertha

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#8 posted 1271 days ago

Mads, check out the third part; many tools for you to critique!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 1268 days ago

Thats going to be a nice nightstand.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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