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Vermont Lap Desk, almost done:

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 466 days ago 672 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the sides all nice and coplanar, time to mill a rabbet for a bottom. Set up a router with a 3/8” rabbetting bit, and ran it around the edges. Squared the corners with a chisel. Now, I get told there is to be a divider in this desk. Hunt around for a piece of scrap wood to make the divider. I also needed a dado for it to be installed.

So, I laid one out, about three inches from the front. handsawn, and then chiseled to remove the waste

And repeat for the other side. Decided to cut a rabbet on each end of the divider.

Just saw a line, and chisel to get things cleaned up. Test fit

to mark out how much wood to remove, and the angle it needed to be, to match the sides. I had to keep the divider up so I could install the plywood bottom. After a bit of plane work, divider now is glued in place. Cut the bottom to size. Apply some glue and brads to install the 1/4” thick bottom.

Installed the back part of the lid, using screws, a bit of glue along the back edge only, and then plug all the screw holes. Next up, I had a couple hinges to install. mark their locations, use a chisel to cut the mortises for the hinges. Used a drywall screw as a pilot hole maker. Couldn’t find my Vix Bit. Installed the two hinges, and set things up for the next item on the list

Laid out for a pencil groove. I used a 3/8’ drill bit to start the groove. The plane i used is a 3/8” cove cutter. I needed a fence for it to guide on. The only thing now around the shop was a chunk of walnut.

Once the plane had “bottomed out” i used a rolled up piece of an old sanding belt, to smooth out the plane marks.

So, with everything installed, almost ready for the BLO/Poly finish?

The outside of the desk, and

the inside. Making a little progress???

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



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Handtooler

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#1 posted 466 days ago

Extra fine craftsmanship. Wish I had the tooling and ability to acomplish such nice hand tool work.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#2 posted 466 days ago

Looks like you are about ready to “finish” this project.

Ya know what they say….
It ain’t finished till the paperwork is done!
Oh, wait….
Sorry for the bathroom humor….
That’s for something else!!!

-- 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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