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My Rendition of T-Chisels Blanket Chest Chapter 3

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Blog entry by FlWoodRat posted 01-04-2009 12:14 AM 1128 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time off during the holidays afforded me the opportunity to hit the shop. Over the last couple of days I managed to cut all the dado’s, mortises and tenons. Today I loose fit the front frame and the two end frames.

Since I cut the mortises with my drill press, I had to clean the sides up with a chisel. Well the only chisels I have around were very dull Sears Craftsman that have been used to do everything from cut mortises for door lock sets and scrape paint (wifey!). Needless to say there are all pretty dull. This gave me the opportunity to sharpen the 1” chisel using the “Scary Sharp Process”. That all sounds good, but I didnt have a honing guide and with my eyes, getting and holding a 25 degree angle was going to be difficult. Alas, I found a piece of scrap wood, squared up the edges, cut a 25 degree slope on the front face, then cut dado slots top and bottom. The bottom slot was cut to allow the guide to span the wet/dry abrasive strips. After about 20 minutes of 400, 800 and 1000 grit rubbing, I had a chisel that was sharper than ever and sliced down the ridges in my mortices like they were butter.

Here are a couple of pics of my progress.

This is the blanket chest’s front frame (upper and lower rails and two muntins) loosely assembled.

These are the tenons I cut. I was amased. I ‘eyeballed’ the blade height, cut both sides and the darn thing slid with a little pressure right into the dado/mortise. I guess it’s better to be lucky than good sometimes.

The next two pics are of the ‘poor man’s honing guide’ I made to sharpen my chisel.

I did manage to clean up my tenons, round their edges, cut my haunces and dry fit the blanket chest end frames too. Tomorrow I plan to complete the fit up of the front and back frames and dry fit the entire box (without the panels and lid).

Have great day.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....



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David

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#1 posted 01-04-2009 12:28 AM

I enjoy blanket chests and this is indeed a very worthy project. You are off to a great start. Congratulations on your”luck”! Are you going to be doing the dimpled relief detail on your chest? Great photos. Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to updates as you progress.

David

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 01:20 AM

David,
I’m not sure “congratulations are in order, but thanks anyway. LOL

No, I am not going to do the dimples. T-Chissels panels were raised on the back and dimpled on the front. I am building this for my grand daughter’s second birthday and her Mom didn’t care for all that detail. She wanted simple clean lines and likes raised panels. Thus, I plan to raise both faces. So that the panels will be flush front and back, I’m making the panels 1-1/8” thick to match the rails and muntins.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 01:34 AM

Hey T Mac… What I really need to get is a “real” honing guide and then take the time to sharpen all my hand tools.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 01:51 AM

Aw, yer makin’ T-Chisel proud!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 01:58 AM

WoodRat Looking good. and good job on the sharpening. You might want to check out my blog on my sharpening station.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 01-04-2009 09:07 AM

I had a chisel that was sharper than ever and sliced down the ridges in my mortices like they were butter…

OOOhhh…Thats Scary sharp…

OOps, I mean Scary shaaap…

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#7 posted 01-04-2009 11:02 AM

Karson, Thanks. Nice blog.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#8 posted 01-04-2009 02:29 PM

Thos “Don’t call me Right Angle. LOL, I know that was obtuse. Thanks for the kind words. How are things out in the Owyhee area? Wifey and I spent some time out in the area (Merridian, Nampa, and Caldwell, with a couple of day trips down to Marsing and a bit south and west of there) last summer and really loved it. That area is definitely gorgeous.

Hope your winter there hasnt been too harsh. Happy New Year.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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