Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #9: week

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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 05-30-2010 11:05 PM 5118 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Charles Neil lowboy build-along, #9

Back in episode #6, when Nell was about to be run over by the train…I kid!

When I left you last time, I had just cut the tenons and was in the process of fitting them to the mortises on the legs. I continue with a little more cleaning up of the tenons with the pattern makers file and check the leg mortises for proper depth.



I continue with the fitting of the mortise and tenon, being careful not to force the tenons, and make sure there is room for wood movement at the top and bottom tenons on the sides and back. The middle tenons will be glued in place.
Fitting process is as follows: fit tenons; check to see why they don’t fit (if indeed they don’t) then check to see if the tenon lines up with the mortise. If not, it’s necessary to trim the mortise by using a chisel, rasp, or by sanding the tenon. Next, after seeing if the tenon lines up, then check to see if the tenon is the correct thickness to fit the mortise. If corrections are needed, you can trim the tenon with a shoulder plane or the same tools already used. If after taking these steps and you’re still having problems, check the shoulders and make sure they are not obstructing the fit. Finally, if the tenons still don’t fit, look for obstructions in your mortise and make sure there aren’t any bumps or chips that have not been removed. Along with the fitting of the mortise and tenons, you must also check the fit of the sides and back to the legs and make sure the gap is as tight as possible.

I do preliminary clamping of the sides and back to see that the joint of the two is tight, when gluing them together.



All of this may seem elementary to many, but I thought I’d include mortise and tenon fitting, for those who have never done this operation.
Now that I have all of the sides and back fitted, I have lift off! The lowboy now stands for the first time, with three sides fitted and ready for the next step.



The next step includes, making our pattern for the scroll board and cutting and fitting it into place. I should have that posted later in the day.

Remember, the techniques I’ve gathered are from Charles Neil’s subscription online webisode, “Mastering Woodworking”.
Signing up for Charles’, “Mastering Woodworking,” webisodes has been a great experience for me and his step-by-step instructions, make it possible to make projects you’ve never thought you were capable of creating.

-- Custom furniture

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 11:14 PM

Oh my goodness – those tenons look great. This thing is coming along so well.

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#2 posted 05-30-2010 11:17 PM

I am enjoying this series a lot Jim, learning new things with each post.

Thanks for the update,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#3 posted 05-30-2010 11:31 PM

Love the joinery !
Something to aspire to

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 05-30-2010 11:34 PM

well done , jim .

a great tutorial !

is that a #49 or #50 PM file ?

id hate to do this wrong !

-- 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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#5 posted 05-31-2010 12:46 AM

Lookin Good Jim ! I’m with Patron, I’d hate to mess this up Charles would never let you live this one down …It has to add some extra pressure on you!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 12:55 AM

Thanks gang
I don’t remember what # file that is. David

#8 comming up soon

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 01:40 AM

Jim Another notch in the belt. Great job.

-- 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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#8 posted 05-31-2010 01:59 AM

Looking great Jim. You make it look sooo easy. Keep the great blogs coming.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 05-31-2010 02:10 AM

jim , i got your back ,
i got both of them !
just holler if that one gets to hot (LOL) !

-- 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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#10 posted 05-31-2010 02:11 AM

Very inspiring, thanks to both of you!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 05-31-2010 02:55 AM

Great work Jim thanks for taking the trouble to photograph the progress. Will it remain on your home page as a reference for when I build mine?
God bless

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#12 posted 05-31-2010 03:04 AM

Great job looks fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#13 posted 05-31-2010 03:08 AM

Thank you all it’s been a fun process so far.

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#14 posted 05-31-2010 07:09 AM

Well I’m off to part 8 two e-mail notices saying a1Jim is busy today…

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 05-31-2010 07:26 PM

It’s looking good Jim.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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