Happy Fathers Day to all of my LumberJock buddies, and a belated Happy Mothers Day to all of the Lady Jocks!
I am looking forward to using the LumberJock CyberToolShare feature to explore everyone’s shop and check out what goodies you all got for Fathers Day!
I had the privilege and pleasure of spending the last two days working in my shop. I made a lot of progress on my cherry quilt chests. I am under a time crunch as these need to be delivered at the end of the month, so it was great to have some dedicated shop time.
I cut the 1/4 inch cherry plywood panels and applied a coat of finish. I learned to apply pre-finish to the panels so that any slight seasonal change will not expose unfinished plywood. I also did the final fitting of the frames before installing the panels.
I did make a change to my chests by thru pegging the frame mortise and tenons. I am still struggling with square pegs! Something I am going to conquer. I used Miller Dowels to peg the joints. I chose Miller Mini X Walnut Dowels for a nice contrast. Pegging the joints is beneficial for a number of reasons. First, I think it makes a more attractive and traditional joint. Second, I was able to free up my clamps immediately after driving the pegs home. This allowed me to complete all 8 panels in one afternoon. Since I have a limited clamp collection, this was extremely helpful. I guess I will have to find another reason to convince Beth that I need to purchase more clamps! Third, pegging the joints added an additional degree of strength to the mortise and tenon joinery. To help me quickly locate the peg holes, I made a couple of quick jigs out of scrap 1/4 inch MDF hardboard.
I have included some info from the Miller Dowel website for clarification. This is not my info and is provided here for project stimulation. I don’t think the folks at Miller Dowel will mind as I believe this will stimulate a number of LumberJocks using this great joinery system.
Link to the MILLER DOWEL DEMO (from the Miller Dowel Company website)
I did learn that I do not like my Stanley Flush Cut Pull Saw. I purchased this before reading Chris Schwarz review in Woodworking Magazine Weblog. This was the first project I used the saw. It has a tendency of leaving saw marks when flush cutting. Don’t buy this saw. I will be looking for a new flush cut saw right away! After some additional gentle sanding the joints turned out great.
Frames and Panels ready for pegging with finished test panel for comparison
Walnut Miller Mini X Dowels, Miller Drill Bit, awl and MDF jigs
Marking Dowel Holes with awl and MDF jig
Close-up of Miller Drill Bit and Walnut Mini X Dowel (dill removed for clarity)
Close-up of drilled dowel hole in stile and rail tenon
Flush cutting dowel ends
Dowel cut flush (cut-off sitting off to the side) – some minor saw marks from the “flush cut saw”!
Dowel pegged mortise and tenon joint
The Miller Mini X Dowel Kit