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Blog series by NBeener updated 1586 days ago 10 parts 15901 reads 146 comments total

Part 1: The commitment

1679 days ago by NBeener | 17 comments »

I’ve always heard that—if, for example, you’re going to quit smoking—it helps to tell everybody you know that you’re going to quit, and on what date you’re going to quit. It helps get you committed (something that’s been talked about, in my case, for years!). So … here I go. My next ww project is a Shaker Style night stand. Actually, it’s two: his and hers. I’m going to build mine first, so I can butcher IT, and then tra...

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Part 2: Wooden drawer guides - my first ? (for this project!)

1668 days ago by NBeener | 3 comments »

Hey, All! Just back from the lumber yard. On Thursday, they’ll be delivering XX hundred and YY dollars (too painful to admit…..) worth of - African Mahogany hardwood,- African Mahogany plywood, and - Baltic Birch plywood (only one they didn’t have in AfMahog, but it’s drawer bottoms, so … I’ll live!). But … as I was poring over the plans again, I noticed that each night stand calls for three - what are called “wooden drawer guides...

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Part 3: A tree grows up in my basement

1665 days ago by NBeener | 13 comments »

Houston? We have wood. 2×11 x 72 – this is the bad boy that gets a quiet evening with the planer, jointer, and table saw: A sheet of 1/4” and a sheet of 3/4” African Mahogany ply (with either a chewy nougat center or an MDF center. Not sure which….): I passed my boards! Up close and personal…. It’s a good thing they’re not supposed to look alike! ... it IS all Mahogany …. right? Anyway … ...

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Part 4: Shop Day #1: The Human Cuisinart

1662 days ago by NBeener | 9 comments »

He slices, he dices, he makes mounds of julienne mahogany: I cut all the hardwood for the first night stand, today. A few pics: The top: The legs: They’re chamfered (, of course!): Various panels: Note the use of my (wonderful) Grizzly band saw, in making the arc for the front panel skirt! One of the stars of today’s show: Honorable mention goes to…. Tomorrow should bring this beast into the lineup! Twas ...

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Part 5: I lost count. Something like tenon a row (bad pun)

1660 days ago by NBeener | 12 comments »

I’ve met my goal of hitting the shop, for one or two sessions each day. My eyes are pretty seriously fried today, though, so … quite likely … today is a day off :-( But … where I am….: All the hardwood is cut. All of the tenons are cut (did one or two on the band saw, but found it more fun cutting them with the table saw, and the Incra 1000SE miter gauge). So far … everything’s going quite well! Had a bad thought, though. I remember m...

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Part 6: Pretty please ... with a glue-up on top?

1656 days ago by NBeener | 20 comments »

Remember me? I’m the guy who has never run more than about a mile, and just signed up for his first marathon. That’s just a metaphor, but … I’ve knocked out a handful of pretty easy ww projects, and am now working on an M&T set of Shaker Night Stands … loaded with things I’ve never done before. So … today brought my first-ever glue-up for Night Stand #1’s top: and Every hobby/pastime has a million questions for which the...

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Part 7: Drawers -- it's something ;-)

1646 days ago by NBeener | 13 comments »

Not too productive since the holidays. Having to tend to … well … life. But … I banged out the drawers for the first night stand, today. Dadoes and rabbets and bears, oh, my! Pics: You can sort of see … on the last picture … where an attempt at a vertical dado on a drawer side split a chunk off the ply. I can’t be bothered. The drawer face will be mahogany hardwood. Please don’t tell anybody, though ;-) Hope to get caugh...

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Part 8: Walls are up

1642 days ago by NBeener | 14 comments »

Two good days in the wood shop. Sadly, the night stand plans call for a pretty big chunk to be taken out of the top of two of the 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” square legs. TWICE, this has caused the wood to split when tapping in a well-fitting tenon. I’ve had to re-make the legs, re-cut the mortises, re-do the chamfers, etc. I’m moving forward, this time, under the assumption that it won’t create a strength problem. So … here’s where I am. In this pi...

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Part 9: The dreaded Dry Fit

1622 days ago by NBeener | 18 comments »

Still here. Still working on it. I’m finding a bit of a rhythm, too. It’s getting good to me. There’s a James Brown song for this. It matters not which one. Dry fit, today. I’ve yet to put in the hardwood slides, but … I shall. So … here’s where we stand. Drawer faces are just sitting there—neither aligned nor affixed: The current thought, for finishing, is to use a Watco Danish Oil and just go to town...

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Part 10: Fill my eyes ... with that double vision!

1586 days ago by NBeener | 27 comments »

So … among my 3,000 eye problems is intermittent double vision. But … I don’t think that’s the problem, here. I seek the expert counsel of the venerated and revered LumberJocks: IS IT just me …. ?? Tenons are better the second time around!! Incidentally, I occasionally do more than just clean my shop :-) Cheers, All!

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