Back on that Horse - Arts & Crafts Mantle

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 05-07-2009 01:23 AM 1178 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, today I did my first woodworking in the shop since I cut my finger off. I installed the splitter on my table saw. It only took five minutes. As my fellow woodworkers know, it’s a huge pain. It’s in the way when you try to measure the width of every cut (so I’m resorting to using the tape on the saw), and it can only be used for cuts greater than 1-1/2” wide (otherwise the push stick won’t fit through. I’ve yet to see how it works with the dado blade. The only thing I can think of that’s more inconvenient is cutting your finger off and not being able to make sawdust for six months…

Anyhoo, the project I’m working on is a small, removeable mantle for our fireplace. I’m using an aluminum bracket to mount it to the wall (french cleat). It’s 5’ wide, and an L-shape that’s 8”x8”. I’m going to use a box joint to glue the two pieces at right angles all the way down. There will be a bracket on each end to lend strength and support. The panel against the wall will be a panel in the true Arts & Crafts style. Here’s my drawing:

To give you an idea of what it’s going to look like, here’s my buddy Schroeder’s mantle. Mine will be sort of an upside down version of it.

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#1 posted 05-10-2009 11:34 PM

Is it a splitter or a riving knife? If it’s a splitter it won’t work with the dado blade.Don’t even try.Does it mount from the top or the bottom?If it mounts from the top it is a splitter if it mounts from the bottom it could be either but most likely won’t work with a dado blade in either case.Congrats on getting back on the horse it took me 5 weeks to get on the saw after I shortened up two of my fingers…the first operatoin I did was cutting som 3/4” laminate strips for edge banding I fugured if I’m gonna go i’m gonna go all the way!

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#2 posted 05-10-2009 11:47 PM

glad to see your back amoung the sawdust crowd.. and you made your comeback with a great project..

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#3 posted 05-10-2009 11:52 PM

Back in the saddle again wha whooo. Enjoy Skully may safety and great projects follow you the rest of your life.

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