Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #7: week

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Charles Neil lowboy build-along, #7

Hey, ladies and gents!

Last week, on the lowboy project, we had shaped one leg and had gone through the initial shaping, step by step.


After working and re-working the legs to be nearly finished, I find in this week’s webisode that I should have left the area, from the knees up, roughed in (as Charles said in an earlier webisode), due to the upcoming step of installing and shaping the knee blocks or ears, that are attached to the leg. Oh well, I’ll still do my best to make it come out okay. I’m sure it will all come out in the wash.












A point I should make, is that the sides and back of the lowboy will have the center mortise and tenons glued in place and the top and bottom mortise and tenons will have tenons with elongated holes and pegs to allow for wood movement.


Notice the color difference between the three pieces of mahogany, as noted. The center one is African mahogany, which is less expensive and more difficult to finish, but Charles sent it for me to use on the back of the lowboy and also, for me to see for myself the difference between the genuine mahogany and the African mahogany. Not only did Charles supply the mahogany, but he milled and sanded it before shipping it to me. What a guy!

I’m hoping that I can get the next installment by the middle of next week. Then I’ll be milling the back and sides, and with any luck, I’ll even get to the front scroll board.

Remember, the techniques I’ve gathered are from Charles Neil’s subscription online webisode, “Mastering Woodworking”.

Charles will be starting a new project soon, and it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful dovetailed blanket chest with two lower drawers and cabriole feet. So if you’ve thought about signing up for his “Mastering Woodworking” webisodes, now would be a great time.

-- Custom furniture

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#1 posted 1562 days ago

atta boy jim…....ive really loved seeing you do this project…its looking good..and a atta boy for charles too. i dont know charles but from what i have seen hes a true gentleman and a fantastic wood worker…i look forward to the next instalment ..

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

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#2 posted 1562 days ago

Thanks Grizz

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1562 days ago

I’ve enjoyed watching along too. Thanks for the contribution by you and Charles.

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#4 posted 1562 days ago

Thanks for sharing this Jim! I am enjoying the story. I am sure you will do fine adapting to the unexpected as you progress.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 1562 days ago

This is a great series.I’m looking forward to next week. Thanks for posting.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#6 posted 1562 days ago

I’ve been following along, enjoying watching the progress, Thanks Jim Looking good!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#7 posted 1562 days ago

great going jim ,

i am curious just when you put this in the wash ?
is it before or after it is finished (LOL) ?
must be why it calls for those elongated M &T’s .

-- 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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#8 posted 1562 days ago

Thanks for checking it out gang

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1562 days ago

Great job Jim, awesome work always.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 1562 days ago

This way to complicated for me. But I am enjoying the story too and can’t wait to see this finished.

-- Janice

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#11 posted 1562 days ago

Looks good, and the legs turned out prematurly beautiful.

Now it looks as though your warming into the project and

getting quite a bit done.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 1562 days ago

Like all have said, very generous of you to share the build with us! What a great teacher:)))))

-- $tudie

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#13 posted 1561 days ago

Looking real good so far Jim. Looking forward to the next installment.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 1561 days ago

This is a great tutorial for all of us Jim.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 1561 days ago

Thanks again everyone and Dick thanks for you help with the photo thing.

-- Custom furniture

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