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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 02-21-2013 07:13 PM 1336 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent part of today, getting a few 1×4s ready to become aprons on the table. They had been sitting out in the van for over a month, freezing their knots off. Brought them in to the Dungeon shop to warm up awhile. laid them out on the clothes dryer, in fact

One of the four short pieces is elsewhere. Actually, it was in a vise, getting a little trim work

Oh boy, a board with…..Charactor! Those are cracks, not pencil marks. Took a hand plane for a spin on the fancy board

In fact, I wound up doing all the face grain on all six boards. Then it was time to plane to width

Set a pair in the vise, edges close to the same level, and a few passes to make sure they are. Flip the stack over, and plane the other edge. While working on the two longer boards, I took a handsaw and trimmed the length down to around 20” or so. Short ones were already at 12” or so. As I got through with each “matched pair” I laid them out on the table’s top

That thing in the middle is one of the legs. Seems to have a bit of figure to it. Paired up the legs, trying to find what went with what.

Legs are around 19” long. Trying to show off their best sides. Subject to change, of course. May leave these aprons plain, and let all the figure do the talking. Stay tuned for the next episode…

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



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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 08:04 PM

She is coming along nicely.

I wish that I could work as fast as you & others on this site.
I only seem to have two speeds:
1) stopped
2) Half-fast!!!

My with nice legs, a wonerful figure and an apron….
It sounds like you are talking about a ‘50’s wife!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 08:45 PM

Nice. How do you like that Millers Falls smoother? I have a couple MF planes and I like them a lot.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 08:59 PM

I seem to reach for both the M-f #8, and the Hibbards #3. Both seem to do a decent job. This old hard wood came from an old garage/carriage house that fell down. i resawed some of the rafters to get a few 1xs. This is about all that is left of the stash. Man, that stuff is hard, and grainy. You know exactly where the knots are, as the #3 sized planes will stop right over them.

I am able to get a very thin shaving with the #8, but those old knots will chew up an iron, too. may have to drag out the old Union #3, as well..

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

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 02:32 AM

Ok, went down to the Dungeon Shop today, more as a way to stay on my feet as Therapy. Laid out a few tenons

Now, when one doesn’t have a tablesaw, or a router table, one has to saw these things by hand. I use a sharp coping saw, sawing on those lines until the top of the blade is flush with the wood’s surface. Then comes a little chisel work

Rather than saw everything, I find I can just pop the waste off with a few chisel strikes. On this wood, it took quite a bit of paring to get it flat. Takes about 15 minutes per tenon, thanks mainly to all that paring work. After awhile I had all but one tenon done.

Once that was done, i started on mortises. I fit each to the tenon that goes in them. Working my way around the table’s base. A lot of fit, and pare work

But I soon had things ready for a couple glue-ups

I get these two out, and cleaned up, and the next stage clamped up, I might just about have it licked. Still haven’t used any sandpaper, yet.

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

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 03:13 AM

Nice progress there, Bandit!
I installed an apron on my counter/bench today & prepped the leg assembly.
Seems we are working in unison, although I work at a muuuuch sloooower pace!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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