Blondie's Bridal Chest #1: Milling the Sapele and geeting started.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 02-17-2013 02:09 AM 2547 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Blondie's Bridal Chest series Part 2: Mortise and Tenon's done, Top dry fitted. »

Blondie told me she wanted a Bridal Chest for the end of our bed. We all know when the Boss say’s they want something we get on it. Knee Surgery got in the way a bit, so the wood was in the shop dying to cut. Really it was …. Smile.
These plans were written and published By fellow LumberJock Robert (Bob) Lang. I purchased his book on how to use Google Sketchup for woodworkers and I must say it is amazing. I’ll be doing a review on that later. I love Greene and Greene and the Arts and Crafts Style. This had a little of both and Blondie gave her stamp of approval.

I was lucky enough to get a new 8 inch 3 HP jointer this yr. from Santa. How fun that was, jointing all the edges and one side of the faces of all that the lumber. Worked like a dream….

Next step was cutting all the pieces to rough length and running the 6/4 lumber through the planner to get all the pieces to 1 1/4” thickness. Then I ran all the pieces through the table saw to the correct width & labeled them with chalk. I made a temporary fence to ensure all multiple pieces were cut exactly the same on my 12 inch sliding miter saw.

Next was laying out the pieces for the chest and picking they’re faces. It is very important to label the faces as the Mortises and dado are off center to allow the corbels to be put on later. I moved the rails over to my Delta Drill Press with a Mortise attachment on her and started cutting the many 3/8” mortises. I then spent the next cpl hours cleaning up the inside of the mortises.

Next off to the table saw to cut all the 3/8 dados for the panels to be inserted in. Some cuts were a plunge cuts on the table saw which we all know can be a little hairy.

Next step is cutting all the tennons and cleaning the cheeks up with my new Block plane. Then I can start making the panels and get ready to start the veneering. Ohh, I Need to buy the Veneer on line so I need to shop a bit.

Did buy a New Stanley Sweet Heart Block Plane at Rockler with my 20% off cupon… That’s always fun

Thx for looking and as always all comments are welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 02-17-2013 02:23 AM

WOW! That’s quite a project you’re making!

COOL Chest!

Coming along nicely!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 02-17-2013 02:39 AM

That is an ambitious project but it looks like you’re off to a good start. Plunge cuts on the TS would make me a very nervous. I thought that’s what router tables were for! LOL

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 02-17-2013 07:16 AM

I’ll be following this build. Good idea with the 20% off plane.

-- Kyle

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 02-17-2013 10:25 AM

Hi Ken;

Nice looking project you have going there.

Be sure to tune up that new plane. It makes a huge difference!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 02-17-2013 12:52 PM

What fun.
I love ‘build it’ blogs.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 02-17-2013 01:17 PM

keep it going – looking good so far…

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 02:50 PM

Looks great. I don’t get the need for a ts plunge cut though. Can you talk more about what you were doing that required this?


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#8 posted 02-17-2013 04:57 PM

Thx everyone….
On the subject of plunge cuts on the table saw.

You’re correct I could have used my router table for that. My thought was I needed to get all the grooves ( dados ) perfect width 3/8” for the panels to go in. Another set up would increase the possibility for an error. Once the dado is in and the fence is set up I knew all the dados would match perfectly.

The reason for the plunge cut Chris, is if you look at the lumber in the pics above you’ll notice the cuts do not go all the way to the ends of some of the boards. The ends of these cuts are also 3/8” wide mortises 1 inch deep and 3 inches long while the dados are 1/2” deep by 3/8” wide. (Can’t really see them in the pic) So when cutting the dado you start over one of the mortises and stop over the end of another mortise. The blade height was also critical so I had the blade locked in to its height and didn’t feel it was accurate enough to start the cut buy holding the piece down and raising the blade.

Hope that explains it, as it works in my mind…. LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 02-17-2013 05:11 PM

Going to be a great looking addition to your home, Ken!

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

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#10 posted 02-18-2013 04:13 PM

Looks great Ken. Interesting to watch the blog. Welcome to the bum knee club. I have had a little Stanley block plane like your new one for several years and I love it. The only negative is the blade lever lock mechanism. I hit it with my hand sometimes while planing and it gets unlocked. My fault, no big deal, but something to watch out for.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-18-2013 04:23 PM

That’s going to be a nice chest.
Good choice of wood.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#12 posted 02-20-2013 02:12 AM

Ohhh, that’s gonna be a good-en

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

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