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Progress of a self taught cabinet maker #13: A few pictures from the shop

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 720 days ago 1242 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Part 13 of Progress of a self taught cabinet maker series Part 14: A quick safety tip. »

I felt an update was in order since I last posted here. Some of the pictures I have taken tell the story better than I can (at least before the coffee hits my system).

I’ll try and post an update on the harvest room and a couple of insights gleaned from my current build, but that requires me to be in fighting form…so today I’ll just leave it at this. I’m having a blast.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan



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lysdexic

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#1 posted 720 days ago

Ryan, thanks for the update. Your mallet deserves a purple heart. Speaking of mallets – I am considering turning all cut offs from the bench into wooden mallet X-Mas gifts. So, if you decide to make another please share.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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AnthonyReed

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#2 posted 720 days ago

Good stuff Ryan. That skewed rabbet looks fun. Is this the first time you have used the shallow rabbet while making dovetails? Will you use that technique again?

It is looking great, thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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RGtools

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#3 posted 720 days ago

Scott, I really should do a quick mallet “how to” blog. I made dozens for friends and family and I am a heck of a lot better at it than I once was. This one was the first I made, way overcomplicated joinery. If I can dig it up I should show the picture of the joint. To be honest I was surprised this mallet held together as long as it did. I still have the other side left. I will update when it gives up the ghost. I plan on framing the thing in my shop when it is finally dead since it is the first thing I made by hand.

I will be forced to make a mallet soon though, I have some hickory cutoffs for the handle and a nice sized chunk of plumwood that should serve for the head.

Tony. Not the first time I tried the rabbet method, but this tool dramaticly sped up the process and improved the final result. For huge joints like this it is really worth the extra couple seconds since it saves time fiddling with the joints to get things lined up when you transfer your layout. It’s also usefull for the assembly process because it give yous “ledge of mercy” while you try to get things lined up on a larger carcase construction.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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lysdexic

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#4 posted 720 days ago

Ryan,

What are your thoughts on the Veritas spokeshave? Specifically can you compare them to vintage? I’ve got a #151 that works OK.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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jjw5858

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#5 posted 719 days ago

Looks great and nice looking shop! Thanks for sharing.

All the best,

Joe

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#6 posted 719 days ago

Every picture tells a story, story

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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RGtools

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#7 posted 719 days ago

Joe, the shop has come a a long way, since I started. It’s nice to see it grow up around you. Your has done the same thing.

Roger, I am glad the pictures could because I could not cobble together a sentence to save my life yesterday morning.

Scott, that’s a very good question. Unfortunately the vintage spokeshave I had was a gigantic piece of turd (not a 151) so my comparison would be a bit skewed. Here is what I will say about the Veritas.

It fits very well in the hand, and is a well balanced tool.
The adjustment is solid but not as positive as I might have thought (this might not be a flaw but an admission that some set-ups require a bit of slop to work out).
The mouth comes quite tight, for really coarse work I would have to file the opening a tad, but I have not come across that need.
The shims that come with the tool to tighten the mouth further are a good idea but could have been better executed. They have a hole that you have to insert the cap screw through…the means taking the cap screw all the way out every time you wish to make this adjustment. I really think Veritas could have done a better job here by making the shim operate like the shims of a dado stack….although a razor blade can help you make this change.
The tool comes ready for work: the finish on the back of the blade, the sole and the bedding surface are all very impressive to me, and add value to the too. It took five minutes from getting the tool out of the box to start making nice shavings.

I want to get the flat bottomed one at some point, but have better places to spend my tool fund…if I come across a 151, I will let you know what I think.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Mauricio

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#8 posted 718 days ago

Great pictorial! The chest is going to be sweet, I like the rabbet plane, the shallow rabbet and dovetail technique is part of the reason I got my 78 but I haven’t tried it yet. Look forward to more pics of the build.

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 718 days ago

Looking good, Ryan!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#10 posted 718 days ago

Looking good in deed. The pictures do tell a tale. Thanks for posting.

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mafe

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#11 posted 701 days ago

Looking like a wonderful place to hang out!
Looking like good stuff is going on.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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RGtools

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#12 posted 700 days ago

You would be welcome to visit if you are ever in this part of the world…though I bet you coffee is a bit better than mine.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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mafe

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#13 posted 700 days ago

Thank you Ryan, and the offer goes back.
Big smile here on a beautiful sunny day with a fresh wind.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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