Graham Nash Music Stand #3: Joinery and Hardware

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Blog entry by Blake posted 1082 days ago 3210 reads 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once the glue had fully cured on the post I ran it through the planer.

Then I used a table saw tenon jig to cut the joint where the post connects to the base.

I made multiple kerfs on the table saw,

And then removed the waste on the bandsaw.

The finished joint dry fitted:

I forgot to take a photo of the “before,” but this is how I repaired an inch-long chip that broke off one of the feet when I cut the joint. I started by using a chisel and then a file to make sure that the area with the missing chip was completely flat. Then I super glued this small scrap to the flat spot I created.

Then I cut off the over-hanging edges of the scrap. By the time I sand and finish it you will never notice.

Sanding all of the parts… the whole thing will get hand-sanded in the end.

Pre-drilling and counter-sinking holes for screws on the bottom of the feet:

Ready for glue up. The screws eliminate the need for clamps. Also in this photo you can just barely see the repair I made if you look closely! (Look at the wood near the screw)

I did a lot of head scratching to decide what kind of detail I wanted to do on the post. Inlayed curly maple lines? Cut off the corners to make it octagonal? Soften it with a round-over? I finally settled on a stopped quarter-round cove along each corner. Simple and elegant.

I drilled holes for the dowels that will reinforce the joint at the base:

And glued it with epoxy.

Making the hardware:

This is the start of the hardware that will make the upper part of the post adjustable. I needed to shorten this brass threaded insert on my grinder:

And after drilling the hole, this is how it gets inserted:


This is a bronze bushing (not threaded) that will be on the opposite side from the threaded insert:

It was also too long:

I roughed up the sides and inserted it with a little epoxy:

Here is the all-thread for the “Pin” that will hold up the upper post:

Cut and grind:

A little metal epoxy will attach the knob permanently to the pin. This kind of epoxy needs to cure over night.

This work represented about 6 hours over two days for a total of 15 hours of building time so far.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 1082 days ago

This is coming together nicely! I look forward to more of the story.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 1082 days ago

Hey Blake,
This is looking sweet.
Love the edge treatment. Good choice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 1082 days ago

Looking good. I can’t wait to see the rest.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#4 posted 1082 days ago

Blake some nice looking work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 1082 days ago

Lots of nice tips and tricks… thanks..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 1081 days ago

Can’t wait to see it finished. Nice design and execution so far

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#7 posted 1081 days ago

Great stuff Blake. I love it all.
Well all except the brass on the grinding wheel :-)
I’m sure you knew what you were doing, I sometimes do it too for very small jobs like this

Seriously though, It is going to be beautiful.
Good work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 1081 days ago

Great work and design Blake. Also like the edge treatment. Lot of tricks.

Good going

-- Back home. Fernando

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#9 posted 1081 days ago

Whats wrong with brass on a grinding wheel? I was just taking off 1/8” of length.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 1081 days ago

Didn´t know either about brass .

My son used aluminiun on a grinding wheel. So I learned the hard way. Still don´nt know how to clean that.

Grey area are aluminiun sticked to the wheel. Not enough one wheel, but he used three on different grinders.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 1080 days ago

Blake, you is makeing good progess.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 1080 days ago

Looking really good, and a fine repair on that tear, it will almost be invisible once you make the finish.
Really cool to follow all the steps here.
Thank you,

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

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