FWW Build Off '08 #2: First couple of days

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Blog entry by RusticElements posted 04-17-2008 03:49 PM 809 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: So... it begins! Part 2 of FWW Build Off '08 series Part 3: Wine Rack Installment #3 »

So, in continuation of the drunken canoe series (wine cabinet/rack), here’s what I’ve accomplished up till now (Mon, Tue, Wed):

I have a pretty small shop so in order to work with the long lumber on the band saw, I had to move it. Note the crude stand to get the saw table to the same hight as the other surfaces.


The cut using the band saw was way too wobbly with the 3/8” blade. I ordered a 3/4” blade but it won’t be here for a couple days. With the time constraint I don’t have that kind of time. I cut one of the 2X8s into 3/4” strips using the table saw.


Cutting the 3/4” planks into 1/4” X 3/4” planks on the band saw worked OK. I wanted to use the band saw as much as possible because it has less than 1/16” waste as opposed to 1/8” waste with the table saw. When you’re restricted to a certain amount of wood you can use, every bit counts.


All the 1/4” X 3/4” planks cut:


The next step is to route the bead & cove. The glare on the left is from the open door. It’s the only way I can route long material:


A close up of the routing operation:


Routing complete:


A close up:


Of course, the best part of any major project is new toys :). When doing the cedar strip canoe, the planks were held to the frame with staples until the glue dried. Being a piece of furniture, I didn’t want staple holes left in the wood, so they all have to be clamped, 1 at a time ($190 later :().


The wood around the nose of the canoe has to be bent. I don’t have a steamer and don’t want to take the time to make one right now. Cutting the wood into strips and an hour long soak in the hot tub works almost as well.


Here’s the first reason for the new clamps. It took 21 to hold the strips in place.


Finally, the fist planks are in place.


Wednesday evening finds the planking almost 1/2 done. Both sides are done at the same time to be sure the planks match.


I found the best way to clamp the planks together was to drill holes in the frame for nails and cut wedges from maple scraps:


That’s it for now. Look for another issue in a couple days…

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 04:16 PM

Man, that’s a lot of bandsaw work there.

Looking great so far!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 04:45 PM

Hi Michael,

That is a lot of sawing. After the first few strips the novelty of the process tends to wear off. But this is looking fine so far. By the way I love your hot water soak. Very innovative.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 05:45 PM

Looking forward to seeing more. Had a pretty good idea how this was done but never seen it. Now that we have the master canoe builder at work I might learn something. Thanks for posting.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-18-2008 12:36 AM

Very impressive Mike. You just can’t have enough clamps. Great idea ripping with the bandsaw to save on timber. Looking good.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 04-18-2008 12:17 PM

No staples…. I like that idea. The wedges look like a great solve to an old problem.

Your plank making; beading, is inspiring. I have thought that this method would be the way to go, but it sure is nice seeing it done..


-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 04-25-2008 01:53 AM

very cool…........project… said: “I have a pretty small shop….” , it doesn’t look small, it lookd like your having a blast working a shop!!!!!

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