Just a desk project, part II

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-15-2012 11:46 PM 1491 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Managed to get out to the barn today. Needed to work on a desk’s top. Started out with a scrub plane to level the glue joints. Then it was the Jack plane’s turn. After that, a smooth plane went to work.

Stanley handyman #4, with a shaving. Why all the handplane work? Sandpaper costs money. Anyway, i worked the top down to as smooth and flat as i could

next it was time to set-up for a breadboard edge. Done with the Tablesaw, This was after i handsawed the ends square, had to test out the newly sharpened saws, afterall. Anyway, needed to set up a dado cut

Roughly 5/8” wide. The height of the blade is 1/8”. THIS is how I set-up the saw. Strip of wood hides about half of a cutter. C-clamps also help hold the piece down. Seems to work ok..

I then cut the matching grooves for the edges. A test fit:

Also done out there today, both lower drawers got their dovetails routed in, a groove for the bottoms done, dado for the back of each drawer. Oh yeah, since I did remember to bring a box of screws along, center divider is now screwed, and glued in place.

Also done out there today. One saw handle run through the round-over station on my router table. Sanded smooth, and ready for hardware. A second saw needed some “bolts’ to start life as a “Toolbox’ saw. Rethreaded some 1/4” x 20×2” long hex head bolts. Installed the bolts and ground the excess off. Sanded the handle down

all it needs is some sort of finish. Blade was an Irwin ( I think)not a newer “Hard Tooth one either. Handle is by Disston.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 01:22 AM

nice breadboard ends. sp is overrated. if you soak those saw burns with mineral spirits a few minutes, they will soften right up and much easier to remove. That is a dry fit, right?

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 01:42 AM

Very dry fit. just some screws from underneath, in slotted holes. I’ll spokeshave the burn marks next time out there. Trying to find out WHERE I left a pair of wooden knobs at…...

Not all them black marks are burns, some are nails, and some still have a nail in them. Added ballast so it won’t tip over.

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 11:19 PM

Desk is now in the house, and getting use to being there instead of a pole.

I couldn’t find those “store bought” knobs, so I wound up making a couple from some walnut scraps…

as for them ugly legs, the BOSS seems to like them…

well, still need a finish to match the hutch, that will be later…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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