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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 05-03-2018 05:59 PM 638 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Zig-Zags -
 
I mentioned earlier that I was going to have a chopped zig-zag decoration at the bottom of the aprons. This decoration is seen quite often on 17th-century furniture. It is also know as a sawtooth or serration decoration.
 
To create the pattern, I cut a 1/8” x 1” rebate in the face of the stock, by first creating a shoulder with my kerfing plane …
 

 
… chopping out waste with a chisel …
 

 
... and then using a rebate plane to smooth things out …
 

 
I then laid out the zig-zags with a miter square and marking knife, then used a chisel to chop along those lines.
 

 

 
I then pared down about 1/16” in between the incised marks, just using hand pressure.
 

 
Voilà … the 17th-century zig-zag decoration. I just love how the light plays off of the different levels.
 

 
I guess the four aprons are identical  enough … LOL!
 

 
Thanks for looking, more to come. As always, all comments and/or questions welcomed.
 
Follow my progress with the links below.
Two-Tier Side Table #1 – Realization
Two-Tier Side Table #2 – Playing Around in Paint
Two-Tier Side Table #3 – Selecting Stock
Two-Tier Side Table #4 – Hepplewhite Visits Plymouth
Two-Tier Side Table #5 – I Can't Carve
Two-Tier Side Table #6 – Zig-Zags
Two-Tier Side Table #7 – My Very First Lunette



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 05-03-2018 06:12 PM

Looking pretty good, and a noiseless adventure into hand tool use. Great work.

-- "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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#2 posted 05-03-2018 06:22 PM



Looking pretty good, and a noiseless adventure into hand tool use. Great work.

- Oldtool


Thanks, Tom. Yes, it was all quite serene … until I pared into the end of my index finger … LOL!

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Jim Rowe

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#3 posted 05-03-2018 06:22 PM

This is looking good! The start of another mastercllass.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 05-03-2018 06:26 PM


This is looking good! The start of another mastercllass.
Jim

- Jim Rowe


Thanks, Jim. You are way too kind! This is all uncharted territory for me.

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 05-03-2018 07:26 PM

Using your own blood as stain, Ron? Nice touch, but be careful to make it sustainable. ;-)

Nice detail, and as you say, identical enough.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 05-03-2018 07:56 PM

The DNA will identify the work of a master, no problem!

Ron, my shop is all packed up so I have to live through your work vicariously.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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ralbuck

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#7 posted 05-03-2018 08:13 PM

Very well detailed.

Way WAY past my patience levels and skills too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 05-03-2018 08:23 PM



Using your own blood as stain, Ron? Nice touch, but be careful to make it sustainable. ;-)

Nice detail, and as you say, identical enough.

- Dave Polaschek


Thanks, Dave!

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Ron Aylor

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#9 posted 05-03-2018 08:25 PM



The DNA will identify the work of a master, no problem!

Ron, my shop is all packed up so I have to live through your work vicariously.

- theoldfart


Thanks, Kevin. I’m getting better … I only cut myself about every other month! Sorry you are sidelined. When will you be back in the saddle?

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Ron Aylor

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#10 posted 05-03-2018 08:28 PM


Very well detailed.

Way WAY past my patience levels and skills too.

- ralbuck


Thank you. All total about an hour per apron. I had to be slow and methodical, as the ash liked to tear out. I only lost a couple of points, though!

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#11 posted 05-03-2018 09:37 PM

Ron, we’ll be at the new house on May 13, closing on the 14’th and the moving truck will be there on the 16’th. We hope!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 05-03-2018 10:39 PM



Ron, we ll be at the new house on May 13, closing on the 14 th and the moving truck will be there on the 16 th. We hope!

- theoldfart


Kevin, I’ll keep you in my prayers … hopefully you’ll be back in the shop by the 20th!

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theoldfart

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#13 posted 05-03-2018 11:03 PM

Thank you Ron.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Kelster58

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#14 posted 05-03-2018 11:19 PM

Wow, very nice work. I can only imagine how sharp your tools must be. It is very apparent how sharp you are…..GREAT job!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#15 posted 05-04-2018 09:52 AM



Wow, very nice work. I can only imagine how sharp your tools must be. It is very apparent how sharp you are…..GREAT job!

- Kelster58


Thanks, Kelly!

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