Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #3: In The begining

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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 04-26-2010 05:39 AM 6843 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been some time since Charles Neil invited me to build a lowboy along with him, as he builds his lowboy on his series,” Mastering Woodworking”, and his subscribtion webisode. He not only invited me to build the lowboy, but shipped me all of the wonderful maghogany to build it, along with the patterns.



Now that I’m just getting started, I printed the patterns from his website, (even though he sent me a pattern), to start the way you might want to begin the project.

Here are the pages:


The first patterns to be used will be that of the cabriole legs. They will have to be cut out and glued or taped together, matching the letters that help line it all up.



After you cut and assemble the pattern, you would normally glue it onto a piece of 1/4” ply, but in my case, Charles had furnished me with a pre-drawn pattern, so I used his pattern by first band sawing it out.

Then after getting it rough cut, you need to shape the pattern by sanding and filing by hand and with using power sanders.






Now that the patterns are smoothed out, next time I will show how to orientate the mahogany for the legs.

Remember, I’m following the steps that Charles has set forth in his “Mastering Woodworking” webisode.

Because of my present work load, I’ll only be able to blog on weekends, so the next installment will be next weekend.
Thanks for following along.

-- Custom furniture

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 06:35 AM

Jim: It’s starting to look great. Nice set of patterns.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 07:02 AM

feast or famine .

glad you can find some time to do this ,
i know we are all going to learn allot .

thanks jim .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-26-2010 07:09 AM

alright…have been waiting for this …will enjoy it…thanks …

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 04-26-2010 07:19 AM

Thanks guys, kind of a slow start but hopefully I’ll get more done next weekend.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 04-26-2010 07:34 AM

Looks like work and fun!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 04-26-2010 10:16 AM

Hi Jim

Looking forward to seeing your progress. Looks like you are off to a good start. Have fun!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 04-26-2010 12:34 PM

I am so too looking forward to seeing this.

-- Janice

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#8 posted 04-26-2010 01:06 PM

Jim, this is looking pretty good and I know that this will be a fun experience. I will be looking forward to the next installment.

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

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#9 posted 04-26-2010 01:13 PM

Looking good Jim.


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#10 posted 04-26-2010 01:57 PM

Thanks for doing this, Jim. I really appreciate it, as I just can’t afford his other stuff yet, but sure do plan on getting some dvd’s soon.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#11 posted 04-26-2010 02:20 PM

Thanks for the update.
Look forward to the series.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#12 posted 04-26-2010 03:47 PM

Hey Jim i am looking forward to watching you build this thanks alot.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#13 posted 04-26-2010 10:07 PM

Good start Jim

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#14 posted 04-26-2010 11:28 PM

great start, if anyone can do it it’s you jim. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 04-27-2010 05:15 AM

This is cool Jim. I have been wanting to see how you work in the shop and your style in motion. Im sure that I and others will learn some things as you blog about this. Thanks in advance.


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