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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 04-10-2017 12:36 PM 807 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Kneeling Platform –
 
The kneeling platform was proving to be something of a challenge. Thus far, I have simply copied the look of the original desk on frame. In adding the kneeling platform, I did not want to stray too far from the William & Mary style. After a great deal of thought, I finally decided on the following.
 

 
The perimeter of the platform will have the same 3/4 inch half-round as the transition between the frame and desk. I decided to have the platform more narrow than the frame itself. This transition made for an interesting bit of joinery.
 

 
This drawing was easy. The hard part will be duplicating all of this with cherry lumber. I started off by squaring up some 3/4 inch x 2-5/16 inch stock …
 

 
... The platform will extend beyond the front of the frame some 14 inches.
 

 
I was leery about cutting the 3/8 inch mortises in the already turned legs. The mortises are only 1/4 inch from the edge … the thought of blowing out the side made my leg throb! So … I used a wooden clamp to pinch the piece and chopped away. The mortises turned out just fine, and were not a scary as cutting the tenons …
 

 
... with those 1/8 inch shoulders!
 

 
But … with a slow and methodical approach, I prevailed. The joint went together quite well … if I say so myself!
 

 
Just three more mortises, two tenons …
 

 
... and of course cutting the top to fit … and I’ll have a kneeling platform!
 

 
I took the time to glue up the frame member between the kneeling platform and the desk.
 

 
Nothing like starting in the middle!
 

 
 
Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed … more to come!
 
 
 
Follow my progress with the links below:
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #1: Getting the Jump on Lent
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #2: Replication in a Cold Dark Shop
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #3: Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #4: Mortise and Tenon Joints
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #5: Hollows and Rounds
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #6: Slight Detour
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #7: All the Single Pieces
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #8: The Kneeling Platform
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #9: Mitred Breadboards
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #10: Dovetails
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #11: Edge Moulding
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #12: Three in One
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #13: It Is Finish

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.



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Daniel Solowiej

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#1 posted 04-10-2017 01:42 PM

Good you used a wooden clamp for chopping the mortises. Those tenons are “microscopic”, a real challenge, you are a valiant friend! (But in any case, a saw will always be safer for this, than a chisel) A pleasure to see the assembly. Great job you are doing there.

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 04-10-2017 02:03 PM



Good you used a wooden clamp for chopping the mortises. Those tenons are “microscopic”, a real challenge, you are a valiant friend! (But in any case, a saw will always be safer for this, than a chisel) A pleasure to see the assembly. Great job you are doing there.

- Daniel Solowiej

Thanks, Daniel. I cannot wait to get started on the desk. I have some great ideas for the inside!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 04-10-2017 06:55 PM

This project is looking real good, coming along nicely. Hand tool work, very satisfying.

I’m curious about the tenons, is there a reason for 3/8” in lieu of 1/4”? I’m learning here, and I would have used the thinner one, maybe in error.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 04-10-2017 08:06 PM



This project is looking real good, coming along nicely. Hand tool work, very satisfying.

I m curious about the tenons, is there a reason for 3/8” in lieu of 1/4”? I m learning here, and I would have used the thinner one, maybe in error.

- Oldtool

Thanks, Oldtool! No reason … I just like 3/8 inch tenons … especially when they pose a challenge (LOL!). That  and one of favorite chisels just happens to be an old Marples 3/8 inch mortiser! Thanks for asking

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 04-10-2017 10:41 PM


 
Ah … the last of the mortises. I wonder what the mortise police might have to say about this one?
 

 
On to the top!
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dan Wolfgang

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#6 posted 04-11-2017 12:50 AM

Great work, Ron; it’s exciting to see the progress!

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 04-11-2017 10:13 AM



Great work, Ron; it s exciting to see the progress!

- Dan Wolfgang

Thanks, Dan!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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