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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 12-01-2017 09:56 PM 627 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Upper Case -
 
Before any assembly of the upper case could take place, I needed to cut a few dados for shelves. Once located, I struck knife lines for the thickness of the shelf stock. I then used a chisel to accentuate the knife lines … creating a nice little trough for …
 

 
… the gent saw to cut the shoulders of the dado(s) ...
 

 
… and a chisel to bust loose the waste.
 

 
I then went to town with my Old Woman’s Tooth … cleaning out the dado(s) to a 1/4” depth …
 

 
… all the while keeping track with my little hackberry depth gauge.
 
               
 
Shifting my focus … I bored a series of 3/8” holes to start the blind dados for the upper case side pieces …
 
               
 
… and like my granddaddy used to say … now chisel out all that isn’t a hole!
 
               
 
Once all cleaned out … and after a gentle nudge …
 

 
The side fits like a glove! These blind dados are really just for registration, because …
 
               
 
… I’m planning to have the upper case removable. I need to assemble everything, including the split spindle accent pieces, before I can measure for and create a false bottom. This false bottom will hide the carriage bolts securing the upper case to the kneeling platform.
 
               
 
A bit of gentle persuasion with a block plane and all the pieces seemed to come together. All we need now is a top, the split spindle accent pieces, and a door! Oh yeah … and that false bottom.
 
               
 
Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
 
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #1 - An Ambitious Endeavor

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2 - To the File Box!

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #3 - Barley Twist Split Spindle

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #4 - A Secret Drawer

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #5 - Butterflies & Trim

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #6 - Gadrooning

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #7 - The Right Color

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #8 - Onward & Upward

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #9 - On the Rail

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #10 – Panels Rising

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #11 – Panel Risen

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #12 – Upper Case

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #13 - Two Become One

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #14 - Click … Swoosh

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #15 – The Top

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #16 – The Drawer

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #17 – The Door Panel

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #18 – Ambitious Endeavor Realized

-- 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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#1 posted 12-01-2017 10:03 PM

All is looking very good, keep up the good work.

That’s a very unique handle on the Old Woman’s Tooth iron, did you make that?

-- "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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#2 posted 12-01-2017 10:29 PM


All is looking very good, keep up the good work.

That s a very unique handle on the Old Woman s Tooth iron, did you make that?

- Oldtool

Thanks, Tom! Yes … that handle is actually a cut-off of my first attempt of a virge several years ago. Given that you asked, I have just taken a few photos of my final attempt. I should have my virge uploaded as a project in just a few minutes.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 12-02-2017 01:44 AM

Looking good, Ron. You can see the home stretch from here.

I’m pondering getting a Stanley 39 for dados. I find myself using my Veritas Combination Plane for all sorts of things, but sometimes doing it all with a chisel is a pleasure, too.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 12-02-2017 05:33 PM



Looking good, Ron. You can see the home stretch from here.

I m pondering getting a Stanley 39 for dados. I find myself using my Veritas Combination Plane for all sorts of things, but sometimes doing it all with a chisel is a pleasure, too.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. I may one day break down and make a plow plane … but like you said doing it all with a chisel is a pleasure.

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

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Planeman40

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#5 posted 12-02-2017 06:44 PM

Hello Ron,

I have a deep respect for your knowledge and talent with hand tools. Without a doubt you are a master at it. All of this is relatively easy with power tools, but doing it with hand tools takes a special knowledge and feel for it. Not many can accomplish this these days. Keep up the good work!

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 12-02-2017 06:56 PM



Hello Ron,

I have a deep respect for your knowledge and talent with hand tools. Without a doubt you are a master at it. All of this is relatively easy with power tools, but doing it with hand tools takes a special knowledge and feel for it. Not many can accomplish this these days. Keep up the good work!

- Planeman40

Thank you very much, Rufus. That was very kind of you to say!

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

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