Vermont Lap Desk: Starting up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-13-2013 08:02 PM 1169 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let’s see, already had a plank that could be a lid for the desk project.

And I still had some lumber left over. Not the prettiest stuff, though

The smaller plank looked about the same. Smaller one was just enough to make one side piece

with a sloped edge, and a flat area on one end. Used this as a pattern for the other side piece

There was a few items there that i had to work around. There was a crack running the length of the board, and a bid, old knot

Hand saw took care of that knot area, then a re-posisition in the vise for the other “problem area”

Note the lay out line? A couple whacks with a mallet ( couldn’t find a big hammer) and

“Waste” is gone. Trimmed the rest with a saw and other tools

Until the blank looked like this. Then a mallet & chisel to rough it down

Planes? Yep, used a couple, mainly a Cambered Jack plane

That could take down the roughest of the rough sawn areas. Once it was done, then a smooth plane finish things up

I also used that miter box to trim the parts down a bit. As for the “waste” that was broken off?

Laid out a straight line, in oder to make the “front” piece of the desk.

Chisel & mallet to knock off the worst of the edge, then the plane smoothed it down to the line

As for the face of the board

It had a bit of dry rot showing, until the Jack plane arrived on the scene.

Ok, now there are three more pieces to the desk’s puzzle

Still have a few more to make. Then maybe think about joining all these into one item? Might have the spend a little change on a few hinges. Until next time….

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

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#1 posted 04-13-2013 09:54 PM

Well that is starting from scatch,

Keep us posted

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 04-13-2013 11:25 PM

Why buy hinges…..
A galoot like you should be able to make a wooden hinge!!!
Besides, a “Vermont Desk” should use some “good ole Yankee Ingenuity”!!!
Yeah, I said it….
I challenge you!!! ;^)

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

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#3 posted 04-14-2013 12:24 AM

You want wooden hinges, eh? Then YOU make them. As for me, brass ones work just fine.

Worked on some old, stubborn Hickory tonight. Thinned one plank from 1-1/8” down to 3/4” thick. All four surfaces are smooth, straight and square, the old S4S routine. Went to work on a second board, mainly for the top flat area. after a few holes in my fingers from the corners of the boards (4 of them, fingers with holes, that is) and a blood blister, gave in and stopped for the night.

I now have a front piece, two sides, and a back piece. The top flat is getting there. Have a piece of plywood for the “floor” of the desk. Some progess is being made. Now, where is that box of bandaids???

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

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 03:09 AM

The two boards i worked on ( and worked on me)

The back piece, used to be 1-1/8” thick. Planed down to 3/4” thick, plus two holes in the fingers.

This little board was a bear to process. First it needed to be split from a larger board ( Blood blister) then the split area plane smooth ( another hole in a finger) and the the face needed to be plane down level. There were two old dados that needed to go. Planed down to when things were all nice and level,

And another “hop, skip, OW!” it got me again. This plane was good, IF you took your time. Go too fast, and it would skip up and back down at the start of a pass. Sooner or later, it was going to get a finger. Finally, called it a night (and a medic) and put the toys away

As for them fingers?

Somehow, i think there might have been a “blue Streak” coming from the Dungeon Shop….

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

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