Reminders of the past

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Blog entry by T. D. Reid posted 06-10-2012 02:32 AM 7668 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Isn’t funny how some smells remind you of things from your past. As it turns out the scent of red elm reminds me of my late Great Uncles Barn. He owned the family farm that dated back to the 1800s and it had the original barn until just about 15 years ago. As a boy my cousin and I would play in the lofts and at the time I didn’t know it but that wood it was made of must have been elm because when I cut this red elm it reminded me of that old barn. Enough of that! I was able to put seven hours in the shop today and get all the parts for the garden bench planed to the proper thickness and cut to the correct lengths. You will see in the pictures that I don’t trust the freshly planned wood so I clamped it to the bench to prevent movement tonight. When I get those 3/4” boards nailed and glued to the thick 6/4 stock legs and uprights I won’t worry about them moving. But until then I’m not taking any chances.

This first picture is of General Hood Rat he is in-charge of the shop when the central vacume is shut off.

This is what the antique looks like.

Exploded veiw from The Weekend Woodworker Quick and Easy Country Projects by the editors of Rodale Books.

Close up of the seat. Almost forgot that I pulled the biscuit jointer out to glue up the three boards that make up the seat.

Crest, lower and two seat rails clamped down to the seat and work bench.

This last picture is of the legs, uprights and stretchers. Tomorrow I will cut the tenons and mortise these parts and i hope that I will get them glued up.
One week till Fathers Day! Cheers.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 04:16 PM

Good idea clamping the boards. It looks like a fun project.

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 01:31 AM

That is some beautiful elm (and a good looking hooded rat). Probably wouldn’t play well with my Jack Russel though.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 07:05 AM

Looking forward to following the progress on the bench. I hope that deadline isn’t going to cause you problems.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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