What to do with a Walnut slab.. #2: Trying to catch up, after other issues

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-26-2015 04:07 AM 756 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Project was put on hold for almost two days….van needed work, had three planes needing rehab…..finally got some time in the Dungeon shop this evening…

The bottom shelf is out of the clamps, and cleaned up. Will cut to final size WHEN I find out what it will be..

laid out for the long aprons/stretchers. Hmmmm, foot of the legs is a bit too small. Had to cut a larger “flat” where the stretchers will go….and still keep them off the floor, too. trimmed almost half an inch to get the right amout of flat area for the stretchers….

Which meant a change in the length of the stretchers..Reminds me. I did rip three more pieces to make the strechers and the second long apron. But, how to measure for the right length down on the bottom?

I put one of the legs in the end vise, added an apron, and the other leg. These two were already mortised to fit the apron. pipe clamp to hold everything ing place..

Then use a c clamp to hold a stretcher in place long enough to mark tenon length..

Pencil mark for now. Will use a square to carry the lines around. Got things ready, tools sitting out…

Chisel, mallet, square, pencil, and a backsaw. One side done

Rotate, do the next. Strictly by eyeball, sawing down 1/3 of the way each time. Rotate again

saw down maybe a 1/4 of an inch. chisel to pop the waste off each time. Rotate one more time..

And a tenon is done. flip the stretcher end for end, and do the other tenon. Then do the second stretcher the same way. Then, I had the second long apron to do…..ran into a slight….problem.

For some unknown reason, knots seem to get in the way. made the usual cut. Stopped at the 1/3 of the way down point. Chisel won’t pop the waste off…..old school solution…I stood the piece on it’s end, and used the saw instead of the chisel to remove the waste. It is the way I was taught back in high school. Then, laid the board back down and finished it up..

It was while I was doing the last tenon for the night….tried a plane one more time to see IF I could get it to work as a shoulder plane…

Well, well, what do you know…it can actually do the job! More of a trimming operation. getting things flattened.
Stacked all the parts back onto the benchtop, as it will be a few days before I can work on it..again.

Short aprons and stetcher need tenons cut. And a LOT of mortises chopped. maybe by the weekend I can get the glue bottle out? Stay tuned. hey, there wasn’t any cussing going on this time…what happened?

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

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#1 posted 11-26-2015 01:45 PM

Looking good, bandit! Nice pics, good story, fine progress.

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#2 posted 11-26-2015 02:05 PM

Don’t you just hate it when the knot is right on the cut line. Nice work Bandit. I’m still cussing at my bench!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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