Blondie's Bridal Chest #2: Mortise and Tenon's done, Top dry fitted.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 02-21-2013 11:42 PM 2972 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Milling the Sapele and geeting started. Part 2 of Blondie's Bridal Chest series Part 3: Cutting the 45's and Gluing the Legs Together. »

Chest is coming along nicely. I finished the Mortises on my drill press yesterday, there were around 32 of them needing to be made. They’re 3/8 by 1 inch deep. I bought the Grizzly Mortise attachment for my Delta 18 inch Drill Press.

I read some reviews that some people did not like this product so I was a little worried. My thoughts were my drill press is just as strong as any mortise machine, so what the heck. It worked fine. My only compliant would be the Mortise Drills that come with it are a little low in quality. Sort of like when you buy a table saw or band saw the blades seem to be weak. But I made it through it without having to buy new bits. I will be looking in to buying some better quality bits in the near future.

I made all 21 of the Corbles required for this project. Boy does turners tape really stick! I made 3 at a time and was it hard to get them apart…I was going to use my router and a pattern bit to make them instead I did them on my spindle sander then finsished them by hand sanding 3 at a time.

I cut all the tenons on the table saw with my Freud 8 inch dado set. Tenons were 3/8×1 inch and varied from 2 ½ to 3 ½ long.

I ordered all the veneer from,
Blondie picked out Pecan Pecky as she wanted some contrast in the veneer to go along with the Seaple, which is like a Mahogany color when finished. Heres a look at what it looks like.

I got the top dry fitted and need to work on one or two joint areas and clean them up to make them a tighter. tenons might be a sliver long. I have the ½ inch MDF and will start cutting the panels so when the Veneer arrives I’ll be ready to start that.

I have decided I’m going to build a Vacuum press. I have been doing some research from a web site connected to the Veneering web site called Joewoodworker. I have acquired a vacuum pump and need to start building the rest of it. I need to obtain around 21 Hg for approx. 1450 Ft. pounds. The pump is a 3 CFM so it should evacuate a 2’ x 2’ bag in roughly 120 seconds. I’m thinking I like this set up might make mine like this one. This guy did a great job on his in my opinion.

More to come, Thx for looking. All comments welcome as every day I learn something new.

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

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 12:15 AM

Looking super good!

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

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#2 posted 02-22-2013 01:01 AM

looking great – as far as that tape goes – I know nothing of turners tape but what I use is double sided tape from the golf store. You know grip tape. I have a 2” wide roll that I bought for my golf club grips and realized it was the double sided tape I had been looking for for years, no more brads to make multiple parts!!!

In fact, I am running low, gotta go get some more…

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 01:39 AM

This is going to be a great looking piece. Looks like your doing it right by me.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 02:00 AM

Looking really great, Ken!
I usually use this tape but the last time I was at Lowes, they were out of it.

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

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 03:11 AM

Man you are getting a lot done! Wish you lived closer as I have been heating my house all winter with “pecky pecan” in the woodstove.

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

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 03:43 AM

Hi Ken: All these years I’ve been calling that Pecan Pecky veneer Monkey Burl! ... but definitely a perfect choice. Blondie will love the contrast!!! Thanks for this great blog, and looking forward to the next!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#7 posted 02-22-2013 04:29 AM

Thank you for sharing your process; I’m learning a lot by watching and of course by the detail you’re giving. It looks like it’s shaping up to be really nice. I’m looking forward to seeing it as you continue.

Thanks Ken!

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#8 posted 02-22-2013 07:27 AM

That ribbon is going to look amazing when you finish it. This is awesome.

-- Kyle

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#9 posted 02-22-2013 07:14 PM

Coming along fine Ken…
Looking forward to the final.

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

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#10 posted 02-22-2013 08:25 PM

You are doing some very nice work there Ken. This is going to turn out a real winner and earn you a zillion browny points at the same time! It would be nice if you could blog the vacuum pump build. There are probably a lot of folks like myself who get the heeby jeebies just looking at anything with a motor, pipes and tubes, and a good blog might remove the fear factor for many.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-23-2013 10:00 AM

Thx guys, I will try and do a blog on the build of my vacuum pump kit if I don’t buy one. I got the pump yesterday and not sure if it will be enough. Although I fix airplanes and work with machinery and wiring all the time, I uderstand how this could be helful to some of our fellow Lumberjocks. We all get to help one another. I have had alot of help here over the years, so its fun to share. Here is a great web site to learn about building a bunch of different Vacuum pumps kits. I assume his Name is Joe. He has went though alot effort to help people build these kits for free. ( other than buying the parts LOL ) There alot of options available of making or buying kits.

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

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#12 posted 02-23-2013 10:33 AM

Hi Ken. The Joe in joewoodworker is a generic name to represent woodworkers in general.

When our son moved to Sweden a couple of years ago he had a lot of clothes to bring with him in the car. We found some vacuum bags that are used to compress the clothes so more can be packed in a suitcase. I’m sure they must be commonplace in the States. Do you know if anyone has tried these for veneering or laminating?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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

Stedang, I haven’t heard of anyone doing that. I swe Lee Valley had a bag that you use a small handpump to create the vacuum. Might work. I’m in the research stage of getting and or building one now.

Funny thing is Joewoodworker the guy that runs it is actually named Joe. I sent him an email.

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

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#14 posted 02-23-2013 04:27 PM

That is funny, because they say on the site that they called it that to mean the everyman woodworker. I guess it is his little joke if that is his real name or maybe he just uses it for the website. It’s a great site. I’m getting into marquetry and I had ordered a veneer saw. I found out on the site that it’s not really a saw, but a knife with a lot of little blades, and it has to be sharpened before use. They even showed how to do it and also how to use it properly. Timely and good info for me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 02-23-2013 11:20 PM

Really lookin good Ken

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

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