Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course #9: Milling and final dimensioning!

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 02-16-2011 06:43 AM 1234 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well today is day 3, the halfway day again! It was a great day today, managed to fix the error I’d made last day by just swapping two pieces so I’m happy about that. I was concerned that my boards may have twisted between classes but the wood must be well and truly dry and acclimatized and I guess there was not too much stress in the boards so far so good. Managed to final dimension all of the pieces (about 12 of them) and just began figuring out the mortise and tenon joints on the cross pieces of the stool. I think I will bring in my mortise chisel to the next class to speed things up, and I just like using it :-) I guess I should bring my mallet also…although the long handle does look a bit goofy.

Ryan gave us a demo of doing a glue up of a cutting board (a small side project to show how to process a laminated piece). I am hoping I can get that side project done on Thursday and let it dry for Tuesday’s class.

Ryan explained very well how to set up the table saw for cutting tenons, and cutting many pieces precisely the same length. Ohh ya I got to use a cross cut sled today! I now see why everyone who makes one makes them! What a great safe way to get 90 degree angles! I will definitely make one for my new saw (when I get it!).

All in all a great 3 hours, where I got a lot done on the project and learned an enormous amount and put into practice so much of what I’ve learned here and from Ryan.

Good night all!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 12:37 PM

sounds like you are having a great time – and learning lots!

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 03:18 PM

Making lots of happy sawdust by the sound of it. If you’re making yourself a sled for the TS, why wait? Make it now and just leave off the guides and leave the center cut until the new saw comes home. That way, you can put it t o use that much faster. Fasten the guides, cut the center saw kerf and you’re in business!

Happy wood working!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 06:54 AM

Yes MsDebbie I am really enjoying the class and I am learning a lot!

BigTiny, I’d make one now except the saw the I am currently using is pretty small, so a sled that would fit this saw would be way to small for a real tablesaw. A couple of more weeks and I hope to pick up the new saw!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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