Fern Stand #3: The Top and Bottom

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 09-11-2011 06:52 PM 1196 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This the top and bottom pieces for the stand. I had to cut in a Dutchman in the bottom piece. I inadvertently used a piece of stock that was cracked on one end. I haven’t cut in a Dutchman in a very long time as I typically wouldn’t ever use a piece with a crack in it and I haven’t had a band saw in the shop for ages. I cut the Dutchman from a piece of off cut and the used the band saw to cut it free. A little sanding and it was perfect fit. Then used my block plane to bring it down to the same height as the board. Viola. I have to say that that I think it turned out better than I could have hope for. Not too bad for not cutting a Dutchman in 2 decades or so. lol

I don’t own a jointer so I have to joint edges by hand. I’m not that good at jointing by hand but I do enjoy it so that counts for something. I cheat when jointing glue edges by clamping the two piece to together and jointing both edges at the same time. When you unfold it, you have a perfect joint even if you don’t have a perfect jointed edge. :)

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 08:19 PM

uhm… isn’t the grain direction wrong on that insert, if it’s intended to keep the crack from opening more ?

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#2 posted 09-11-2011 09:50 PM

Good point, I don’t know… I’ve always installed so that the grain patterns match.


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#3 posted 09-11-2011 10:30 PM

Looks like the walnut is going to be a nice choice. A cross grain insert would be stronger, but if the crack is not under a lot of stress, you should be OK – especially if you have done it in the past.

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