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Blog series by bandit571 updated 09-23-2018 05:12 PM 18 parts 6501 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: What the boss wanted...

09-07-2018 11:19 PM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Ok…We have a local store..sells close-outs and other items…and some furniture stuff. Boss saw a cabinet she liked..and brought home an ad for it… Hmmm…ok, and she wants me to build a version? Because it isn’t the right size….went to the store, with camera and a tape measure in hand..had to go back across the freshly sealed parking lot, to get a pen and paper…this is what I found… Hmmm..it only stands 36” tall? length is what she w...

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Part 2: Starting up

09-07-2018 11:47 PM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Ok, these were hauled to the shop…took a couple trips.. All five needed to be cut down to around 41” long..leaves a bit to trim on the ends when done.. Marked out a cut line, trying to get the “best” of the board IN the 41”...the rest will be on stand-by for smaller parts Worked my way down the stack…each board was set up on a pair of scrap pine boards, and the a clamp to hold them all still, while I cut the excess wood off…. As much ...

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Part 3: 1st panel glued up

09-08-2018 12:05 AM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Just couldn’t stay out of the shop, that day ( paid for it the next..OW!) so after supper, I went back to the shop.. Instead of that huge #8…went with the lighter #7c….got an edge on one 1×6 jointed, test with the filler strip for gaps. Mark both as to where they will meet…worked the second 1×6 straight…only worked on one edge, for now. Got to where all three would sit still, without clamps or glue…more markings. One 1×6 stayed put...

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Part 4: Panel #2 is in the clamps....

09-08-2018 12:31 AM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Ok, this morning, the computer was having “issues”....tried a few restarts…then a few scans….decided to head for the shop, until the dang thing is ready for work…..the computer, that is…. Ok, in order to work on #2 panel..#1 had to get out of the way. Clamps came off…nothing creaked, nor cracked…good sign? Lowere the panel a bit and clamped it to the side of the bench. Jack and jointer went to work..goal was to joint the outside edges...

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Part 5: Side panels are done

09-09-2018 12:07 AM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Panel #2 came out of the clamps today. Jointed one edge straight…then got the idea to clamp panel #1 to Panel #2 And joint the edges til they matched…that was the plan….however.. With the other sides even..had this much to remove…more than “Just a little off the top”...wasn’t ready to push the No.7c THAT much…..got out an older jack plane, and roughed things down a bit.. Just to get things close.. For the other two planes to finish ...

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Part 6: We have Plan, and one frame done

09-10-2018 04:07 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

paper was used today….started in last night, needed measurements to start the frame building… Made a front view, to show where the parts were going to be…then, this morning the rest of the plan was drawn up This is the top frame, the bottom frame will get one more rail, for the center foot to attach to. Hauled the Pine 1×2s to the shop…and set up the smaller mitresaw.. To cut four long stiles, and 9 rails.. Then cut tenons on the rails.. Had some s...

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Part 7: Bottom frame and the dividers

09-11-2018 03:15 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Monday..normally the shop is closed. However, sitting around the house doing nothing gets BORING…makes a great motivator to get something done. Too wet for yard work….might as well head to the shop..Bottom frame needed built. I have a way of cutting mortises on the ends of a board..I use the tenon to lay out for the mortise Then I use a backsaw at an angle, to saw as much as I can….even dragging the toe back out of the cut a few times Then a mortise chisel tha...

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Part 8: Dividers are done, and installed

09-12-2018 03:50 AM by bandit571 | 4 comments »

Had a morning road trip, and Lunch…did a bit of shopping for the shop.. Hand broom and dust pan set, since the last set got broken…gets rough in the shop, somedays. hauled two boxes to the shop, along with the clean up tools, and the camera…took two trips.. One box has the Stanley #45. That mallet? It is the red handled rawhide one I had been using lately. Taped up to keeps things clean. Handle for a better grip, head so it doesn’t “peel” anym...

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Part 9: Face frames, a start is made

09-13-2018 12:34 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

While waiting on this computer to wake up, and repair itself (never did….) decided to haul the rest of the Ash 1×6s on hand to the shop…. Would have been nice to just glue these three up into the top of the case….like everything else this morning, there were “issues” going on. Issue #1 Issue #2.. Kind of hard to glue up a panel with these involved. Third plank had a couple knots along one edge…Well, I could cut these down into parts fo...

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Part 10: A tale of three tasks to do

09-14-2018 02:35 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

I set myself three jobs to do today…the second end panel needed a rebate made, to house the plywood back. Once that was done ( task #1) I could install both end panels onto the “mainframes”, and get rid of the clamps holding things together. (Task #2) and finally, needed to build a pair of frames to use with a drawer, and install those (task#3)........Got the rebate milled.. Unclamped the panel, set it in the leg vise, use the Wards (Stanley)#78 to plane the rebate&...

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Part 11: Short day IN the shop

09-15-2018 11:27 PM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Had trouble getting any sleep the night before. Mostly in this computer chair…. Remember back in High School Industrial Arts Class, where you had to build certain wood joints to pass a test?Half Lap…was suppose to be an easy one….lay things out, back saw to cut the waste away….easy as 1,2,3…right? Hmmmm..One ( after the layouts) Need to remember to cut on the waste side of the lines..Two.. Same saw, just a rip cut, this time…and, IF things we...

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Part 12: Up date to the Project..

09-18-2018 01:08 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Couple hours here, a couple there….Left side of the frame needed tuned up…to match the right side.. Got these joints fitting a little better….. Takes most of these tools, to fit the joints up….lot of flattening to do… The next trip to the shop..left side was tuned up. Both of the middle rails/stiles were also done…which left the curved center piece to do. Three nails, and a thin piece of plywood, mark out a fair curve…then cut that on the...

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Part 13: Late start, frame glue up

09-19-2018 12:10 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Waited until after lunch to start in on this…mess. Searched all through the house, and the shop…looking for c clamps of any sort….I think they may be related to pencils…both seem to ran away and hide. Managed to track down a pile of the critters.. Even cut a few cauls….might need a couple? And made sure there was enough glue…hate to run out in the middle of things ( brand new bottle sitting off to the side, just in case…Ok..first item..the bo...

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Part 14: Making the top, part 1

09-19-2018 12:31 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Can’t work at the bench, right now..so…I can cleaned of the top of the case, haul three planks to the shop… First two, I could carry in one trip…they are also the shortest of the three…60-61” Plank #3 was a bit longer.. Needed to rip one of the planks of about 1-1/2” wide strip…. There were two like this one. Could not reach my go-to saw… SKIL 6” saw….however, I do have another such Vintage saw.. Craftsman 7-1...

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Part 15: Door parts

09-20-2018 01:08 AM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Had two work sessions in the shop, today….along with running errands for the Boss…..First up….all those clamps had to be removed..slowly. last thing i wanted to hear was a “CRACK”...last clamp finally came off…Found out just how heavy this frame is! Managed to get it over to the case…and clamped it to one end…case is a hair out of square…. Plan now is to screw one end into place where it is supposed to go….and work towards t...

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Part 16: a top gets glued up

09-21-2018 10:34 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Going to be a big one, tooHad the three blanks about the right size..edges needed some work, though.. Plane is a Stanley No. 8….10 pounds..24” long…planks are 57-3/4” long. Far end is jammed into the bench’s Crochet..there is barely enough room between the near end, and the washer behind me. One edge jointed, then another, check for gaps.. Wider of these two will be the “front” edge of the top…had both edges to joint…made a lot o...

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Part 17: A bit of assembly, and other weird stuff

09-22-2018 02:20 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

A “Smart Phone” goes stupid…Computer goes on a brain fart trip ( computer LSD??) Order and PAY for a single heater insert, and two show up at the house? Doctor’s office visit….once one of THOSE days….. There was a bit of woodworking done as well, though. Took a couple trips to the shop, to get set up, and do a bit of assembly…..Couple drills needed to go downstairs, a E-Cord reel needed to go along with them. And the Camera.. Cord reel, b...

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Part 18: A "normal" Saturday in the shop?

09-23-2018 05:12 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Twas a time, long ago..when I could put in 8-12 hour days in the shop on a Saturday. methinks those days are behind me…..now it seems 4 hours at a stretch is pushing it…6 hours and I have to rest a day. Oh well, here we go Flattened the top a bit. Worked my way “down”..from a No. 8 jointer plane….through the No. 7c…to.. This little guy. A No. 3c…to clean up places the other big guys missed….or tore out. Once that was done… ...

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