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Making an Earring Rack #2: The Frame

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 11-04-2014 04:20 PM 1015 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Stock Prep Part 2 of Making an Earring Rack series Part 3: Hanging Slats »


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHFDxkU6Nwo

Making the frame of the earring rack

First I made the mortise and tenon joinery for the lower front stretcher

Can’t really see it in the picture, but I then did a rabbit and dado for the bottom stretcher (behind the front one)

Then I did the mortise and tenon for the top stretcher. This is the main frame of it, and there will be slats for earrings and such.

Thanks for checking it out!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com



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yuridichesky

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 04:37 PM

I really do like your style of work. How do you manage to keep your stuff organized while working on the project? :-)

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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Mosquito

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 04:45 PM



I really do like your style of work. How do you manage to keep your stuff organized while working on the project? :-)

- yuridichesky

Thanks Yuri! How do I keep my stuff organized? Two ways, either I don’t (happens often lol) or because I have a similarly limited amount of space in my shop, I have to. My Tool well usually gets filled up pretty quick when I’m working on something, but I do usually try to keep things cleaner. It’s especially important when I’m recording any video of what I’m working on.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 04:58 PM

Great show Mos!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 11-04-2014 05:14 PM

Nicely done Mos. Looking forward to seeing more.

-- - Terry

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Mosquito

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#5 posted 11-04-2014 05:15 PM



Great show Mos!

- Mauricio


Nicely done Mos. Looking forward to seeing more.

- TerryDowning

Thanks guys! Certainly more to come, I have quite a bit of video of it (I have video of almost everything for this project, very few pictures as a result). It takes some time sifting through it so it’s not an hour long video of me doing the same thing on 6 different parts lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#6 posted 11-04-2014 05:31 PM

Nice video, Mos.

Question about your work process. What advantage do you find to using your marking gauge then your knife? Have you found that one does not do the job, as well?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Mosquito

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#7 posted 11-04-2014 06:07 PM


Nice video, Mos.

Question about your work process. What advantage do you find to using your marking gauge then your knife? Have you found that one does not do the job, as well?

- ToddJB

Thanks man. Usually when I use both (marking gauge then the knife) it’s for making a “knife wall” as Paul Sellers calls it. I can get a deeper cut with the marking knife than I can the marking gauge.

Otherwise, usually I prefer the knife over the marking gauge for cross grain work, unless I’m doing a lot of the same thing (like mortise/tenon on multiple pieces with the same chisel). At least until I get a better marking gauge (my wheel gauge is one of those cheap ones from Rockler)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#8 posted 11-04-2014 06:26 PM

That makes sense. Thanks.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 11-05-2014 03:19 PM

Excellent!

Really helpful Mos. Thank you.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 11-05-2014 04:09 PM

Nice work.

I just finished making 18 earring racks for Christmas gifts, but mine are much lighter construction, 16.5×18”—with 3/4 square side rails and 2 3/8” cross pieces (bottom one with shaker mini-pegs) and the actual holders only 1/8” thick. All are glued into the side pieces in dados.

I hope to never do another again. Started out as one for a friend . . .

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Mosquito

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#11 posted 11-05-2014 04:30 PM

Thanks Tony.

Charles, this one’s for a friends coworker, kind of hope it doesn’t come to that same fate (many of them) lol. I too used shaker mini-pegs on the bottom as well (it’s all based on specs she wanted). I don’t have a drill press, so I used my post drill for all 37 pegs. 60 cranks each, took about 40 minutes just to drill the holes!

The cross slats for hanging earrings on are 1/4” with a rabbet making the top 1/8”. 1/4” is too thick for the earrings, but I didn’t want to do 1/8” for the whole thing, as it felt too flimsy to me. Maybe I’m over engineering though…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#12 posted 11-05-2014 04:37 PM

Mos,

Your design may be different enough, but I made three with 3/16 thick slats, and my daughter and wife had trouble getting the ear rings on and off easily. That’s why I remade then with 1/8” slats. It does feel a little flimsy, but works better. I think in regular use, the flimsiness won’t matter.

I had my wife and daughter try the design, made a few changes, and then cranked out 14 more.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Mosquito

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#13 posted 11-05-2014 04:59 PM

Thanks for the follow up. My main concern was the 1/8” pieces snapping off more than anything. I kept the slits a little shorter to hopefully avoid some of the leverage that may cause issues. I have my wife’s approval of them, so hopefully they work for the person who’ll be living with it lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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