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. http://www.grizzly.com/products/Mortising-Attachment-Kit/H7789
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, www.veneersupplies.com
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!"