Greene and Greene inspired raised dog tray #2: Legs, Aprons, Haunched Tenons, and Cloud Lifts

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Blog entry by Eric_S posted 02-12-2012 10:08 PM 7960 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was a productive day :) 

The Legs
I started by finishing up the legs.

There wasn’t too much cleanup needed, just a few passes with my trusy #7…

And then cut them to final length of 14” using a stop block on my crosscut sled.

I also found this on one of the legs. Is this gumming that is common with Cherry or is this spalting? Either way, its pretty.


Now that the legs are done(minus the mortises), I moved on to the aprons.
I started by flattening and cutting to boards to length of 14” for the front and back and 7” for the sides…

I then planed them to 3/4” thick and ripped them to 3.5” width…

Now comes the tenons. Last time I did tenons for the nightstands, I used my bandsaw. This time I decided to try and do them on my crosscut sled with a stop block. I found this to be just as easy, and probably a little more accurate. First, I raised the blade to 1/4” and placed a stop block at 1” from the end.

After the first pass, I just slowly made successive passes to form the tenons. I wish I had a table saw capable of handling dado blades. Oh well.

I then rotated them to the face and cut the bottom of the tenons.

Using the same technique, I cut 1” deep into the tenons for the haunches but 1/4” of the tenon length remained for this area.

Clouds Lifts
Now for the tricky part, the cloud lifts on the aprons. To start, I marked the center of the front and side aprons and then marked halfway from that to each side for the front. The side was similar but a little bit past half way on each side due to how small it was. I also marked a line across for each cloud lift level. Each one was 3/4” apart.

Since each cloud lift level was 3/4” apart, I set my compass to a 3/8” radius.

To make the curves, I placed the point of the compass at the center of each halfway mark, and made a tick to the left and right across the horizontal lines.

Then, from each of those ticks, I made a quarter of a circle to make the S curves…

Now I have the layout to cut :)

To cut them, I paired of the front and back as well as the sides, taped the tops and tenons together, and ran them through my bandsaw.

Since I had a 1/2” blade, I wasn’t able to make the curve cuts accurately. I did a few slices and then chopped those out, but still needed some filing to get the final shape.

I then used a dowel wrapped with sandpaper to smooth the curves out and get rid of the filing marks.

And that’s it for today. I still need to cut grooves on the inside of the aprons for the buttons that will be holding the top and allow for expansion. Also, I need to cut mortises in the legs, make the top and breadboard ends as well as the plugs which will wait until next weekend.

I’m also not sure about the height of the aprons at 3.5”. The front and back look okay, but on the sides it looks squished. Also for a 14” leg height, 3.5” may seem to bulky. I may rip off the tops of the aprons a bit to 3” but I haven’t decided yet. I may try to cut a piece from scraps to see how it would look at 3” before I cut them if I go that route.

Thanks for looking.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 10:32 PM

Nice photo’s of your progress, Eric!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 10:55 PM

That’s “IT” for today ?

That’s about two months of work, for me !

That, my friend, is beautifully blogged, well thought out, and serious progress. Great fun to watch, and … spot on, at every step !

Well Played, Sir !

One question: that Old #7 …. does that come with a mast and sail for those breezy summer days ?

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 12:25 AM

Thanks Lew.

Much appreciated Neil. I thought Greene and Greene style would be a good one to blog on. I definitely am moving faster than I was on the Nightstands. I think I’ve become more comfortable with my skill level compared to last year and have the jigs and scraps I need to work efficiently and accurately.

That old #7 is a beauty isn’t she? I plan on restoring her soon. I still can’t believe that she’s over 110 years old and I bought it in great shape for its age for $30 on ebay.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 12:47 AM

lil doggy is gonna luv it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 03:02 AM

Dog gone good idea
I Love the Greene & Greene Style
I will be following along with the progress
although at this pace looks like it won’t take to long
Great pictorial thanks for posting

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 02:02 PM

Next time you are at a hobby store pick up a large and a small circle template. I use mine all the time for making circles and arcs for band saw boxes and other woodworking projects. (A French curve helps too- this is the old draftsman in me talking.) I have and use a compass too- but the templates are easier to use most of the time, and the large one goes up to 3.5”D. They cost just a few dollars and have saved me lots of time.
You do excellent woodworking- and with limited resources. Gotta say though that buying an inexpensive 1/4” band saw blade would have saved you lots of rasping time. Been there, done that, and changing out the blade is a bugger- but sometimes worth it.
That is some nice figure in the cherry wood. Hope your dog has a high appreciation of beautiful wood- LOL.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#7 posted 02-13-2012 02:20 PM

you might look into getting a table saw box joint set like the one by Freud. It’s handy for box joints, but it also makes a nice “dado” set that is sure to fit on your TS. The blades are flat ground, which is good for joinery, and very good quality. it’s also good for cutting grooves, such as in frames to hold 1/4” panels, etc. I got mine on ebay for less than $50.

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#8 posted 02-13-2012 02:28 PM

Aaron, do you mean a dado blade set? My table saw can’t handle it but I wish it could.

I actually was thinking a curve template would be helpful but at that moment I just wanted to get it done and didn’t have one on hand. I will be picking one up for sure though soon. Also, I do have a 1/4” bandsaw blade, and heavily debated putting it on, but my current one was already square to the table and ready to go so I thought rasping/sanding would be quicker. It really only took a few minutes extra to file and sand it smooth. But yes, I agree I could have saved time with one if it was already on my bandsaw. This would have been the perfect use for it.

Ninja has a very high appreciation for wood, it just involves “marking” it outside lol. He won’t be marking anything wood related indoors though ;)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#9 posted 02-13-2012 02:39 PM

no no – something like this

it’s basically as wide as two regular TS blades side by side, the teeth are just a little wider on either side… so it fits on small benchtop saws (although you might need to make a new insert).

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#10 posted 02-13-2012 02:43 PM

Thanks Aaron, that would have helped. Adding it to my wishlist….

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#11 posted 02-13-2012 03:22 PM

I’m adding that to mine too.. looks handy to have.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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