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Well…I was able to do a little bit more on the coffin today, and I’m still not 100% happy with the way the miter corners of the little ‘frames’ are coming out, but I’m pushing forward with the project, as I have decided to use it for myself instead of trying to sell it…I’ll consider it a learning project and leave it at that…still not sure how the best way is to get the uprights angled correctly…I’m so used to using my guillotine that I’ve become spoiled by it, but when I use it for the sides of the little ‘frames’ it splits it like a log….

I’ve had several problems due to this issue, which are not really apparent in the pics that follow. My miters don’t all line up as cleanly as I’d anticipated, and because of this the CA glue that I use to temporarily hold the ‘frames’ together snap either when I’m trying to make the upright angle, or they snapped when I brad nailed them to the carcass. The second issue wasn’t so much of a problem, but did cause a few of the better miters to not look as nice.

The pics show the ‘frames’ on the carcass, and I’ve filled in all the brad spots with epoxy putty…I’m using Mohawk brand right now, but Qwikwood is good too…both take stain very nicely (for the type of stain I usually use which is the alcohol powders that I mix up myself…it’s ok with the danish oil, but not as good and usually needs touchups with that method). It’s hard to see in the pics, but there is a lot of filler on it…but I think I have a plan in mind for the larger spots on the corners that won’t really work well with a touchup….but I’ll leave that as a surprise for later. There is also some gap along the top…again, I think I have a plan for that….

I thought for sure I’d have the bottom part of the coffin top cut out today, but the ‘frames’ gave me such a time that I didn’t get to it…perhaps tomorrow if I don’t take a day off…we’ll see….

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle



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patron

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#1 posted 1014 days ago

what with all the glitches
this looks very nicely done

and you are learning so much

that can be more rewarding
than the work sometimes

keep at it
and keep us posted too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Susan

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#2 posted 1014 days ago

Thanks Patron….hopefully when it’s all said and done, the little glitches will be so blended in that it fools the eye…at least, that’s my goal!! LOL

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Susan

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#3 posted 1014 days ago

I almost forgot about my shop dog Gryphon….he had a long day guarding the shop for me…

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#4 posted 1013 days ago

Susan,

Gryphon is really laying down on the job there… Great picture.

I think your best method to perfect the angles on the sides of the frame pieces would be a shooting board and hand plane. The board could be made to the specific angle you need and a good sharp plane would shave the side grain pieces slick as your guillotine does the endgrain cuts…

Good Luck. Give Gryphon a pat on the belly and play fetch with him for a few minutes, he’ll love you even more…

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#5 posted 1013 days ago

That’s a great idea Herb…I was even thinking about making up a small block of wood cut to the angle and then using that as a holder and then sanding the frame piece down to the correct angle…(the block would only hold the wood on the plate of my disc sander, not touch the sandpaper…) I’m a little cash strapped, and like to use the tools I already have in the shop…I just wouldn’t use a planer enough with the refinishing to justify a purchase right now…but it seems that your idea is spot on….thanks!!

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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HerbC

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#6 posted 1012 days ago

Susan,

I certainly understand the need to conserve monetary funds in this economic climate (ie, I’ve been broke so long it feels normal now…)

Making a shooting board to use sandpaper block would work. One of the ShopNotes magazines a while back had an article about shooting boards that included using a sanding block instead of a plane…

Good Luck with it.

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Susan

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#7 posted 1012 days ago

Thanks Herb…I’ll try it out the next time…I’ve got those little ‘frames’ on now, and they’re not coming off anytime soon!! LOL

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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HerbC

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#8 posted 1001 days ago

Susan,

Getting close to Halloween. Hope you’re getting close to finishing the small coffin box.

Enjoy! Give Gryphon and extra hug and a good long romp outside, he’ll think you’re the absolute best!

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#9 posted 997 days ago

Well, what with the storm and customer jobs ‘getting in the way’ (LOL)...I’m just getting to some of the finish work….I’ll have pics posted later today with more of the progress….totally didn’t make it in time for Halloween, but no biggie….I’ve got the top finished and the sealer coat on and am doing some other work on it, but I’ll let you see what that is when I post the pics!!! Have a great day!!

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#10 posted 991 days ago

Just wanted to let you all know (for anyone following this blog) that I did post a new blog entry with new pics of the progress I’ve made on the casket….thanks!

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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