Well, did a bit of saw work today. Figured up I needed 3 boards @ 3/4” x 5-1/2” x 25” Circular saw did the work, after I had clamped the 8’ long plank in place. Had enough left over to form the back apron. Dry fit in the pipe clamps, looks good, spread some yellow glue around and clamp them up.
Later, after the glue had cured, started to surface the top.
A few handplanes to do the job. Had some “marks” on one board that needed to go…
This, and a big neon green crayon mark. Sand them off? Not when I have just the plane for the job..
A Stanley #70 Label scraper plane. Notice that the black marks are now gone?
Brought the other 8’ plank done, and cut some other parts out. Found a 1×2 for a breadboard edge. Cut it into two parts.
Kept the leftover section to use as a clamping jig, later. Ok, laid out some lines along each end of the top, about…1/2” or so in.
Using a brand new Harbor Freight square, It is even accurate! Set up a special plane, since I don’t have a tablesaw to do this next task. A Wards #78
You pull the plane back towards you about four times, so the spur can cut the line, and then let’er rip, as deep as you can push the plane along, until the depth stop says you are deep enough. Flip the board over, re-clamp it down, and do it all over again. Until both ends have a “tongue ” formed
And this is where I should have stopped for tonight, but….
The bread board ends need a groove cut. About a 1/4” by 1/2” deep. Thought the old plough plane was up to the task…..nope, got so frustrated with the sloppy thing, it flew against the nearest wall. And will stay there. Dug up the Craftsman router, and FINALLY found a 1/4” bit. Made a simple jig to hold each part STILL while I routed the groove….Edge guide was hitting the jig. Jig left the room, and two drywall screws and a bench dog took over. One screw to act as a stop, the dog took the one side away from the guide. A second screw was tightened against the side of the part. three passes to get the depth right. Test fit…
And THAT was that for today’s shop time. Needed a Mountain Dew, or three. I was just tuckered out.
Plenty of time to get the rest done, later. Stay tuned, I might try to chop some mortises for the apron’s tenons. Then, maybe, if things go right, a drawer just might get made….
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