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Blog series by Ron Aylor updated 01-16-2017 05:26 PM 6 parts 2527 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: What's Wrong With This Picture

12-03-2016 09:10 PM by Ron Aylor | 15 comments »

 So, my bride comes to me this morning asking, “what’s wrong with this picture?”   Realizing that it had been quite a few years since my first Hepplewhite stand, I committed to build another to even out the look of our bedroom. The first stand, built in 1997, has red oak legs, hackberry sides and drawer font, and a sassafras top. It was finished with shellac and beeswax. The top has been re-waxed several times over the years and is in need of a touch up. As to the new stand,...

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Part 2: First Things First

12-05-2016 08:20 PM by Ron Aylor | 2 comments »

 It’s been raining for a day or so here in Lilburn, and as a result I haven’t had much shop time. Too dark. But, I’m still moving forward with my little Hepplewhite stand. Given that the original stand was built 19 years ago, I thought it prudent to measure all the parts, as I did not measure anything back then. I simply established a comfortable height and filled the space where she was going to rest. Unfortunately, I kept no notes; at least I cannot find any, other than...

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Part 3: Lay-Out & Rough-Cut

12-10-2016 11:39 PM by Ron Aylor | 3 comments »

 It finally stopped raining! I shouldn’t complain because we actually needed the rain, everything had become so dry. But, at any rate, the sun is out and I can see all the way to the back of the shop. So it is time to get this little stand laid-out and rough cut. I glued-up the top a few weeks ago. I think the Ambrosia maple looks awesome … you? It is currently over-sized by a few inches, I’ll cut it to fit once the base is completed. The lumber I get from Suwanee Lumber ...

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Part 4: A Proper Edge

12-18-2016 04:50 PM by Ron Aylor | 2 comments »

 Before jumping into the mortise and tenon joints I thought it a good idea to make sure my chisels have a proper edge. For this project I need a 3/8 mortise chisel, a 1/2” firmer chisel for the half blind dovetails, and a 1-1/2” bevel edge chisel for the tapered legs. A proper edge is actually quite simple. You need but two intersecting planes. Generally, the smaller the angle between the two planes, the sharper the edge and easier the cut. The smaller the angle, though, the less force it ...

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Part 5: Mortises ... Finally!

12-28-2016 09:31 PM by Ron Aylor | 4 comments »

 After but a few distractions, my head is now back in the game! I spent a couple of hours squaring up the cherry legs with my No. 4 bench plane and No. 3 coffin smoother …  ... turned out okay … nice and square … I never see light under the square when I point it to the rear of the shop (hmmm) ...  ... and no twist … that I can see anyway!  Once all squared-up, I mark off about an inch of waste at the top end of each leg and lay-out the various mortises for the drawer ...

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Part 6: Frame Members Sized for Tenons

01-16-2017 05:26 PM by Ron Aylor | 0 comments »

What crazy weather we’ve been having in Atlanta. One week there’s ice all over everything with temperatures in the teens, and the next week we are all running around in shorts enjoying temperatures in the 70s. It’s a wonder we’re not all in the hospital! Taking advantage of the warm days, I decided to put in a few hours cutting the frame members to size and forming the tenons. First, I ripped the front, sides and back to the required 4-1/2” width.  After jointing th...

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