Muppets do woodwork #2: Recovering from yesterday

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Blog entry by KnickKnack posted 07-10-2011 09:03 PM 1180 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday saw us (that’s me, really) with a bit of resawn Jatoba. I say resawn – it actually looks more like someone took an axe to it and did a bad job.
I consider putting that stuff in the scraps pile and starting over. But then I figure I can always do that later – nowt to be lost by actually trying to salvage what went wrong and get the a couple of pieces I want.

I decide to try a similar technique to what I used to make the angled wedge cuts – to attach “floating” bits of wood to the sides and run many passes over the router table.
Luckily one of the sides is kinda flat, so, with appropriate spacers and clamping together upside down I can get something to try that on…

It’s all being done freehand, since the clamp won’t let me run against a fence, so I’m taking 1mm passes.
Surprisingly quickly and without incident this basically works, and I get a couple of pretty reasonable pieces. OK, so I started with 25mm wood, halved it and got 2 pieces of 8 (“pieces of eight, pieces of eight”).
A bit of scraping and a bit of sanding and they look pretty good!

Everytime I cut or route the air fills with the smell of dead mice. Is that me, or it that a “feature” of Jatoba? It could also be that the cats, who are not very diligent at the best of times, have in fact, left a dead mouse around, of course. Maybe it’s that.

It’s Sunday – the day of rest – so I have to do some chores. This time of year the main chore is watering the many trees we’ve planted. They need it and it gives me the chance to do some thinking about what’s next.

I decide to use this potentially dangerous technique to shave the ash down a bit to get rid of the tearout…

I’m very careful – very small chunks removed each time – maybe half a mill. There’s lots of wood to hold onto and keep against the fence. It all feels OK.

I do the same to make my 2 Jatoba pieces exactly the right size.

I was originally intending to go with floating tenons, but that isn’t really going to work very well on an 8mm end. So, sigh, normal m&t time. How I love doing that!

5mm mortises on the ash go OK…

Now, usually my tenons aren’t really quite tight enough. I tend to make the assumption that all the bits are the same size, so I “sneak up” on that piece. Invariably some of the others end up too loose. On this project I know there’s a good chance the pieces aren’t the same size so I’m not going to make that mistake again.

I sneak the pieces individually and, well, one of them proves a little loose, but the others are dandy…

All in all the muppets had a pretty good day, and couldn’t resist just putting it together to see what was happening…

Let’s see what happens tomorrow – will the muppets luck hold out? Or will the daemons return to haunt them once again?

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 09:06 PM

No consideration for adding a few handplanes to your work? Looks like plane to do some edge jointing and a plane in a shooting board would be very useful for the work your doing.

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 09:13 PM

I do have a few planes – some kinda pre-historic (must take some pics one day and join all those “old plane” discussions), with edges to go with them. Once in a while I have a “sharpening” session to see if I can get a decent edge on anything – and I usually fail. But you’re right, I need to reach for hand tools other than the scraper more often.
Jatoba’s reputation has put me off it for this project – I don’t think this is the wood to learn on! That said, in all frankness I haven’t noticed it being any harder to work than the ash – possibly even a little easier than the beech. Maybe it isn’t jatoba after all? It isn’t going red again either – maybe I was sold a pup?

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