Vermont Lap desk, part three

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-17-2013 07:05 PM 1313 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok front dovetails are done, just need to be planed true. Next is the back corners. Don’t intend to waste a dovetail back there, so.

Laid out for a rabbet/dado joint on the back corner of the sides. Sawn to the lines

and then a chisel to remove the waste

By driving the chisel in the end grain. Pare smooth, and do the other end

Next, I use the actual rabbet to mark out a dado in each side. Try as i like, neither rabbet match exactly to the other, joy of hand work, I guess. Anyway, laid out the location of a dado

( the way I am around sharp objects lately, a pencil works here) Clamped the piece to the “bench” so it wouldn’t move during the next steps

Used that back saw to try and just split the pencil lines, i sawed down to the bottom of the dado. I start the saw at the back of the cut, and slowly lower it until it is level in the cut. Checking to make sure i am still in the lines. Next step:

A 1/4” chisel , and a mallet. Knock out the waste between the lines. Then pare to get a fit.

First one was a bit loose. Sharpened pencil, and did the second dado. Time for a test fit of the four sides?

Just a little more progress made? next up? Maybe a bottom? Attach the top pieces? Decide what looks good on Ash? Oh, almost forgot, need a pencil groove…

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

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 01:59 AM

The way the “plan” looks right now:

Glue the four sides up

Plane them all coplaner, and smooth the corners

Use a router to make a rabbet around the bottom edges, and square the corners

Add a piece of 1/4” Oak plywood in the rabbet, with brads and glue

Add the fixed part or the top, with screws, and plugs to cover them. This will be after a bevel is planed to match the lid’s angle. Mortise for two Brass hinges.

Use a hand plane to cut a pencil groove.

Round-over most of the edges.

BLO/Poly finish.

Sound like a plan???

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

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 02:15 AM

Sure sounds like one to me!
Time will tell if it is a good one!!!

I’ve no doubt that it is indeed a fine plan!!!

-- 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 04-19-2013 02:38 AM

Spent some actual money on this project tonight. Supplies cost almost $18 at Home Depot.

have all day tomorrow to work on it, IF I want to. have to wait around on a Gas Co. guy to restart the gas lines.

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

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