Woodworking vacation #11: Final day - third, and final entry

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 05-24-2008 02:11 AM 1235 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Final day - second entry Part 11 of Woodworking vacation series Part 12: Full circle »

Sorry for that second interruption. I’ve never been at a hotel with a timed system – but it is what it is.

The bread board ends are designed with three tenons/mortises that are “haunched.” I kind of fizzled out when we got to this point so I did not get this accomplished. Just plane tuckered out. I’ll do this at home and take pictures to explain it as I’m sure pictures will do more to explain than anything I can write.

One thing that was brought home when we were flattening boards was that the workbench cannot be counted on to be perfectly flat unless you did it yourself and are sure it is truly flat. For that reason, you need to find the edge of the board that may rock and support it by using a wedge under the edge. If you don’t wedge the edge and make it steady on the bench any planing will be pretty much wasted because as you move the plane across the board, it will not get a consistent cut because the board will flex under its weight. So be sure that you wedge the board if it needs it.

Deneb explained that he almost always does a draw bore joint on any tenon joint. I can’t explain this very well but basically you fit your mortise and tenon to fit, then you take the joint apart—- drill a hole (this size of your peg) through the mortise. Then put the joint back together, mark the center of the hole (we used a brad point bit to mark the center). Then take the joint back apart and on the tenon that you just marked locate the tip of the drill bit about 1/16” in toward the shoulder. This will make an offset hole when the joint is put back together. This offset is what makes this joint work. When you put in your peg, the peg forces the two pieces tightly together. It is a few extra steps in the process but it works great.

The wood you should use for a peg should be a good flexible straight grained wood. White oak is a good choice.

Deneb showed us how he makes his pegs. He starts with a cut off piece of scrap and instead of cutting it to size – he “rives” it with a chisel. This is basically the same as taking an ax to a log to split it down it’s length. Doing this allows the wood to naturally split along the grain. He rives it to about the size he needs then knocks off the square corners with a block plane to runs this piece through a doweling jig. Makes a perfect dowel.

Well that’s about all I can think of for now. When I get home I’m going to try to reproduce what we did in class and will take more pictures of it. It was hard to take pictures and notes at the same time.

Hope you enjoyed my blog about my vacation.

By the way the insurance company finally called today and they are going to total out the car. So I will have to start looking for a new ride. The good news is I’m feeling better. Back still hurts a bit, but I think it’ll go away.

Thanks again for all your comments and encouragement.

Until next time.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Al Navas

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#1 posted 05-24-2008 02:48 AM


Thanks for taking us along on your wonderful adventure this week!!!

I hated to learn about the car being totalled – but I am so glad you ARE fine. And I am also especially glad you were able to make it through the entire week, after such an iffy start.

Have a safe trip home. I look forward to reading the remaining entries about your wonderful vacation. Have a great holiday weekend!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#2 posted 05-24-2008 06:53 AM

Loved the blog – thanks for keeping it up and for sharing so much of your experience with us!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-24-2008 12:15 PM


Thanks for sharing this with us. I wish I could have been there with you but your series aptly described the class in detail. I am sure you had fun and learned some wonderful techniques from the class. A “woodworking vacation” fully describes this class.

Well done and now let’s put what you learned into practice. That is the surest way to retain the techniques and info to which you were presented.

I am glad to hear that you are feeling better and treat yourself to something nice when you go car shopping.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-24-2008 02:21 PM

thanks for sharing Betsy, I’ve learned a lot from your posts over this past week. keep up the great work and all the great posts.

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 05-26-2008 06:14 AM

Thanks for the posts Betsy, I’ve really enjoyed them. Hope the car shopping goes well, glad to hear you are feeling better.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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