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Blog series by Dano updated 09-02-2007 05:37 AM 10 parts 9152 reads 77 comments total

Part 1: First Try to Blog!

06-20-2007 02:49 AM by Dano | 11 comments »

Well, I have never Blogged before so I thought I would try and see how things go. I am really just getting serious about my woodworking; previously I have been a wood hack! I have begun my first real test, that is, I am attempting to build an entertainment center for a large screen TV. My wife likes “Mission” style pieces so I did some research and designed my first piece of furniture based upon that style. The process is just getting started but has already led to many first for me. If I ca...

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Part 2: 2nd Post

06-20-2007 03:42 AM by Dano | 6 comments »

Well, that seemed to work OK so I thought I’d give you a little more detail about what I am doing. First, I work out of the garage which is shared by many of my other hobbies so space is at a premium. Due to this project I have added several pieces of equipment and I am in the process of building some jigs to help in construction adding to the garage congestion. Enough, on with the project…. The entertainment center is going to be 66 inches long, just over 22 inches high and 24 in...

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Part 3: Ouch!

06-25-2007 04:05 AM by Dano | 10 comments »

Well sports fans this weekend I decides to make some jigs to help in building the entertainment center so Saturday was spent building a tenon jig that I found at “Plans Now”. All in all it came out OK, there are a few things that could have been better with the plan such as calling out a 5/16 hole for a 1/4 carriage bolt. The problem is that the carriage bolts spin in that large of a hole and I didn’t even think about it until after the holes were drilled and I went to insta...

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Part 4: Ouch, the Verdict

06-26-2007 01:49 AM by Dano | 10 comments »

Well, I have been going through my head trying to figure out what I did wrong. I checked to see if the bit might have ridden up, it didn’t. So I did some thinking, I had routed a grove down the center and decided to widen the slot so I moved the fence toward the bit. Now that I think about it I think that meant that I was routing the workpiece with the bit traveling in the same direction, hence, the launch! I think they call this a trapped cut, is that your take on it too? I guess after...

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Part 5: Moving On - Mortise and Tenon

06-27-2007 01:54 AM by Dano | 8 comments »

Well, it is time to move on, I have cut the legs and the mortises in them. I used 1/4 inch wide mortises for 3/4 inch wide stock but almost wish I’d used 3/8 inch wide ones. I’d appriciate it if everyone would chime in here and tell me what width they typically use. Here is a pic, I glued them up out of 4/4 stock and then milled to size, the color match could have been better though. Moving on to the tenons I was concerned that the Forrest WWII blade would not give good res...

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Part 6: Back in the Saddle

07-10-2007 04:20 AM by Dano | 1 comment »

Well, I made it back into the shop this weekend, fingers are a bit tender and that slowed me down a tad but I did make some saw dust. I also got a package on Friday from Amazon with my new Kreg (small gloat) miter gauge in it. It went together fast and according to my engineer’s square was right on the money. Building this entertainment center is a true learning experience. I want to get it built but I keep getting side tracked to build other items to aid in the making of the entertainment...

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Part 7: Sidebar - Mortise and Tenon Part 1

07-13-2007 03:41 AM by Dano | 4 comments »

Mortise and tenon joints just scare the dickens out of me, the fit requires perfection. Joinery is the epitome of craftsmanship, at least in my book, oh sure down the road with more experience I will probably determine something else to hold in such high esteem but for now, from an inexperience point of view perfect joinery separates the master from the apprentice. With this in mind I try to muster the my spirit to give it a go, just to get started scared me, no formal training, never having ...

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Part 8: Mortise and Tenon - Part 2

07-19-2007 04:36 AM by Dano | 8 comments »

Crap, now the time has come to cut the tenons. The jig I have built has 4 holes in it so you can cut both sides of the tenon at the same time, I wrestle with getting the second hole placed for a ¼ inch tenon, it takes more time to get right than I wanted to spend but I finally got it close enough. Finally, time to make more oak saw dust. But wait, do you cut the cheeks or the shoulder first? I think I remember seeing it done on TV both ways, so I sazzzs to myself, make a decision and push on,...

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Part 9: Frustration.................!

08-06-2007 03:21 AM by Dano | 16 comments »

I have been doing other things of late to enable more work on the EC such as building a box for the new PC dovetail jig per Shopnotes, and other such diversions. I decided however that it was time to get back after the EC and having overcome, I thought, some design dilemmas such as how to attach the back, whether to build wooden or use metal drawer slides, determining the proper sizing of the drawers and other such trivial details I thought I was ready. Thinking that I had everything under c...

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Part 10: Things are Better - So Far Anyway!

09-02-2007 05:37 AM by Dano | 3 comments »

No, I haven’t fallen off the planet and yes I have been working on the EC but at a more relaxed tempo. In my last blog entry things were not going well and I decided that I was burned out and trying too hard so I backed up and decided to proceed at a slower pace. I have accomplished the glue up of the carcass, fist the ends and then the rails and floor. All went surprisingly well and I am under a 1/16th of an inch out of square diagonally, very good for me at my level of amateur status! T...

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