Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #18: week

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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 12-14-2010 04:18 AM 8407 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Charles Neil mahogany lowboy build-along, #18
On a planet far, far away, long, long ago this A-1 guy was building a lowboy. He was given the wood and blow-by-blow instruction how to build it and was reporting to the land of LJ about how it was going. Then this invader, called LIFE stopped the whole process and only after a long battle, did the A-1 guy get back to the castle to continue the lowboy adventure.
Now that my sanity has (briefly) returned… LOL, I’ll get on with the show, since a number of my friends had asked when I was going to finish the lowboy blog and I’ve kicked myself in the seat of the pants (boy was that hard to do), I’ll get back to where I left off.

What I did last was to make and install the applied drawer fronts. With that handled I’ll address the making and installing of the pediment.
The first step in preparing for the pediment install is to put a backing block on the area on the scroll board were the finial will be installed. Nothing difficult here

, just a block of wood glued to the center of the scroll board. After the backer is installed I make a small square about a ¼” thick and place a center mark with an “X”. It’s sized so that it hangs over about ¼” on the center where the backer board is front, back and sides.

Now I nail it in place with some 23 gauge pins and glue.

Now for the pediment which is kind of shaped like a large Hershey’s kiss. I started the turning on the lathe and did some final turning on the drill press.

Unlike Charles, I turned a tenon on my pediment and Charles drilled a hole in his and added a dowel. Now that the glue is dry, I drill a hole where I placed the “X” and install the finial.

I’m trying to have the next installment a little closer together than this one was to the last installment. 
Next time, we move on to the drawer lock and hardware. Remember, these techniques used are from Charles Neil’s subscription online webisode.
I’m sorry for taking so long to get back to this blog

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 04:50 AM

my grand father patron told me you might come back
from far away and keep an eye out for you
said he meet you once
and saw this work

but as things have changed so much

i have to ask

what is a lowboy

-- 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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#2 posted 12-14-2010 04:51 AM

Nice job on your back to work day.

-- 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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matt garcia

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#3 posted 12-14-2010 05:02 AM

Amazing!! You turned the finial on the drill press? I must try it!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 12-14-2010 05:14 AM

Thanks Jim. I was thinking the other day that I haven’t seen this blog in a while. I thought may be it got finished without me knowing it.

I finished turning a christmas ornament on the drill press last week. It works great for the small stuff.

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#5 posted 12-14-2010 05:40 AM

Great job Jim.

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#6 posted 12-14-2010 07:03 AM

Jim coming along nicely! I enjoyed watching this series by Charles.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#7 posted 12-14-2010 07:09 AM

Glad you got back in it. It is looking good and I hope you find the time keep it going. It will be a great addition to the 40000 projects.

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 12-14-2010 08:43 AM

David… that’s simple!
A lowboy is the opposite of a highboy! :) :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 12-14-2010 02:25 PM

I was wondering what happened to your lowboy. I’m glad you are back to blogging on it. It looks really nice so far Jim.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#10 posted 12-14-2010 02:48 PM

Good work, Jim. I’ve read what you have done so far so I’ll take a look at the rest. I love Charles’ videos and his method of teaching. He’s very down to earth and even adds some comedy. I like watching him. I belong to his site but I must confess I haven’t logged on in 3 weeks. I always seem to have time constraints bearing down on me from every direction; even from behind me and they often sneak up on me and bite me on the butt. So I can relate to your long gap on this blog about the low boy. Keep up the good work. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 12-14-2010 02:56 PM

“Life” does happen to all of us doesn’t it. It must feel good to get back to a stalled project. Looking forward to seeing the continued progress.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#12 posted 12-14-2010 03:59 PM

Thanks Jim. I always enjoy your blog and am a CN fan myself, though I haven’t subscribed yet.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 12-14-2010 05:33 PM

I’ve read the whole series but I think you should write a synopsis before the next chapter….
It’s very cold outside it effects my memory!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 12-14-2010 05:53 PM

Thanks everyone it does feel good to get back to work on the the lowboy .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 12-14-2010 08:32 PM

Hey Jim, great that you got back to it.
What a fine piece of furniture. Looking really good.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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