Wheelchair Woodworking #21: Gustav Stickley No 708 it's not

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Blog entry by Jamie Speirs posted 07-28-2014 11:18 PM 2092 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well the visit is over and it is time to go back to work.
It seems quieter in the shop.
No not noise, smile quiet and no aroma of the pipe tobacco
We could sit in the shop or beside the pond and jist hae a guid
all blether.
Talking about things that buddies who have similar interests in
No arguments just a warm content feeling.
Smiling a lot
I wander, yes back to work…..........

And there all lined up for the start of the workshop Derby Edit
Shirley says that if I write about that in my blog LJ’s will think I’ve been smoking my Cornflakes again. I thought it was funny though
I had all the top names, like Stumpy& Norm…..

Ok back to work, another four wife elevators, which to me look like
they would be fun to ride if I were a kid. So you can see where the idea
came from.

Then I got this really useless plank, more bark than wood. Dont you just hate that.
Anyway I thought it had potential for a bit o Stickley done roughly

You can get an idea of it here.

Mads you can see here that these flimsy wee clamps can be handy for
mock up

Here I’m matching up the face lines. Still a lot of bark here
It helps me see the natural shape for longer

This is me reassembling the plank to see if it still looks like a natural
log not a made up shape totally.

This is the two sides in the vice wi a wee bit o sculpting fae me.

Not quite bookmatch but enough to match when they are two
feet apart and facing outward

Just leaning against each other, I think it will work toes crossed

Ok how much does a unit bug me? Well I built a full size replica
of #708. An amazing experience. No Jamie isms. You know the
wee tweaks. To look at it finished just like the designer saw it for
the first time a hundred odd years ago. Now that is a moment
worth savouring.

Ok now you can see I’ve made a flat pack and if the leg bone joins the jaw bone I should have the skeleton of 708

Mfutah doing her daily alms rounds
She will even pinch the fish food. 

Ok so far so good the side M&T’s all tie in nicely
I now need to either calculate the offset or draw round the tenons?
I think the latter as my math aint good, I blame the truant officer for
that as well

Clamping up tight to mark out the mortices

It all fits which is good What is bad is that we have had some real
dry sunny days. Then last night we got some heavy rain.
You guessed it. Its tighter than a ducks ass and thats water tight
So do I cry? Well I’m not going to do a rain dance

The simple set up for the mortises. O aye, it should be
Except this genius used ½” 12mm instead of ¼” for the template.
So it is a guide bush cut followed by a pattern cutting bit
Yes the top is 1” heavy and I did not have the strength to use the
3hp 1/2” which can do 3” in the plunge.

Arthus is giving me my exam results. It is an original DeWalt dado
set it may be of interest to a collector. Blades are not even tipped

Young Ryan clearing up his turnings. He is on the lathe at the moment
making a 2 or 4 legged stool for his sister.

Well that is about all fae here, except Ronnie is in the middle of making a
coffee table with side tables in green oak
It sounds good and I like his dimensions.
If he is back on it this Saturday I will take some pics.

Be Well

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 11:35 PM

yes the aroma is gone, as mads paddles his kayak back to denmark, wait is there a water way back to mads land..a place where he can hang his hammock…i love this piece, very nice wood and some wee little natural edge…and that im always up to..i sure would miss having such a wonderful visitor there, and then have to leave, maybe if you up the perks next time, he will stay….well come to think of it he has already mentioned how big your heart already is…so…i think HE made the mistake in leaving…lol..

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

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 12:01 AM

Nice informative update. Pity about the reduction in smiles in the workshop, but I’m positive you have a lot of them out here on LJ’s.
Have a great day.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 12:13 AM

Parting is often bittersweet, but memories will remain until we get too old or dementia? Glad you had a great visit with the Madds Man!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 12:14 AM

Oh yeah, I like the natural edge and joinery combination.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 12:14 AM

Great looking Piece Jamie!
(The ‘Wife Elevators’ look plenty handy too)
I’m a big fan (and user) of through-mortices and these compliment your Live-edge work very well…
Will you use pins in the ends of the tenons to hold all together?

Good to see you’re keeping busy my Friend (and glad to see the Rogues are staying out of trouble as well!!)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 07-29-2014 02:51 AM

Very nice project, Jamie. I know it is nice to have buddies visit but now you can get back to work with memories of the visit. ..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 07-30-2014 08:51 AM

Nice piece Jamie. I love the tenons sticking out and the natural edge.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-30-2014 09:32 PM

Enjoy following the work and life of your workshop Jamie. Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#9 posted 08-01-2014 04:13 AM

I think it’s been said before but I must say you turn a good tale lad. I love that you found slabs of wood with a natural edge the were symmetrical. the through mortises are perfect. Something about simplicity and strength that makes simple, useful things last more than our lifetime. Well done my Scottish friend. I always enjoy your posts. For me this is why I bother to pay attention to what goes on here. Original work, done by a creative hand, with a sense of whimsy and joy.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 08-20-2014 01:33 PM

Hi Jamie,
I almost missed this one – just saw I had more than 500 LJ notifications in my mailbox… Have to just delete otherwise I will go crazy before I finish… But since I just looked at LJ, I wanted to see what you had been up to and here I found this blog.
Happy I am, that you miss the smell of my tobacco, I miss the smell of the workshop. ;-)
But I am glad to see the boys keep you busy there and that you have plenty of projects on the go.

The workshop Darby, Jamie I am sure you have been smoking the cornflakes, but I put my money on Norm at no two…

Look forward to see that project become more than joins, it looks as if you life edges will bring it that special Jamie life and it looks way more interesting than the one in the hall way.

Send my love to all and give Mefutah a biscuit from me.

Best thoughts brother,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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