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Walnut Night stand #1: Started up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-08-2016 04:55 AM 442 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the Cherry box is awaiting a delivery this coming Sunday. There is a little bit of leftover Cherry sitting around. Time to cut the other slab down to size?

This used to be 7’.....cut the top slab at about 38” long. The other two add up to about 4’...
Decided to cut the long slab down a bit..

Took a lOT of candle wax to cut through 2-1/4” thick slab. What I though was another slab of Cherry, turned out to be…

Walnut. This slab was 9/4 thick, by 5” wide, by 38” long. and wasn’t even half of the slab. For a $1? Ok.
The crosscut was to cut one blank @ 18” or so long. Table is based on one Norm Abram made, back in the early days of the New Yankee Workshop ( the Shopsmith era) A Shaker candle or Night stand. A round top, sitting on a three legged pedestal. I figured I could resaw this thick slab down a bit, to try to reach the 18” diameter for the top.

Needed to joint an edge, so the slab would slide along on the bandsaw’s table, without rocking. I don’t have a “corded” jointer…

I do have a Stanley No. 7c. Sometime in it’s past, it was drilled and tapped for a fence….fence was gone, so I made a new one. Made some nice ribbons about the time I had the edge jointed..

Ok, I put the jointed edge down and marked a line just under 3/4” in from the outside. Ran this through the bandsaw, trying to follow the line…meh. Reset and made a second cut, and wound up with these..

1/4” blade, and an operator not seeing so good,bad lighting. My story, right….

Laid these three down to get ready to joint the edges for a glue up….

To find out I’m a bit too narrow…..at 15” wide. Length was good….needed one more slab..

Sliced a slab from the other half of the 38” piece. I can use what is left of this for the curved legs….
Got the four blanks set out….

Only to find a big old knot in the fourth one….no biggie, #4 can go on the outside. When I cut the blank into a circle, knot will drop right off. The No.7 was a bit too big a plane…..got out a smaller one to plane some glue joints

Stanley No. 5-1/2 “Jumbo Jack” plane….15” long. A little easier to use. Soon had all four blanks jointed and in the clamps..

Clamped until a bead shows up..

Between the clamps and the panel, it was a bit too big to move around in the shop. Let it sit there for now..
Got the second piece of the old slab. Seemed to be about the right length…..cut away the bark, trying for a 3” width…..got that alright, but the board is only 2-1/4” thick, hmmmmm, need some add-ons to make a big enough blank..

Wonder IF anyone will notice that those two are Cherry? This is for the column, needs turned on my old lathe.

Have to let all that elmer’s cure for a day or so….maybe I can saw a few legs? Only need three. They get dovetailed into the column…..might handcut those joints….we’ll see.

Just starting up, stay tuned, the cussing hasn’t even begun…yet.

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



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#1 posted 09-08-2016 10:55 AM

It amazes me that you can resaw with a 1/4” blade on a craftsman band saw. But as I have learned anything is possible in the dungeon shop. Very inspirational you are. Makes me happy/

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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