Well, got the top almost flat on the “face side” the other day Used a scrub jack plane to get things down to almost flat, other than all them scalloped areas. Got out a little bit bigger, and wider jack plane. This time, it is used like a try plane, going at the diagonals to the grain, until all them scallops are gone. Top still wanted to bow up a bit, so I clamped that end down flat, and left it sit a while…. Well this evening, flipped the top over to work on t...
With the bases and the drawers finished, I wanted to turn my attention to the roll top section itself. The cubby hole section will require the most time and effort, but this is going to be the most difficult part of the build. The desk top consists of the curved sides that the actual tambour will ride in, a back panel and a top. The tambour will be a project unto itself. I started with the back panel and top. The parts required lots of grooves to accept the thin panels. The top was stra...
I made about 10 half inch deep cuts to remove most of the waste wood for the groove. My white pine 1X2 saw guide and clamps. Here is the 1-1/2” wide by 1/2” deep groove the length of the top board. I can’t believe how good it looks! I made and used my “poor man’s router” that Paul Sellers talks about in one of his videos. It is a poor man’s router made poorly by me. But it worked well enough to get the bottom of the groove flat. I’ll ha...
Creating a pair of rocking chair arms Rocking Chair arms
I have 266 hours in the build so far, and the boat weighs 982 lbs. Since my last update. I have added a coat Epoxied to the inside of the boat and two coats of Rustoleum Marine paint. This wore me out. The epoxy can’t be sprayed so you have to use brushes and rollers. Working on the inside is much harder on the old body, I don’t work well on these old knee replacements. The next task is to get the foredeck and the gunwales installed. Here I have installed a support at fr...
After torching and wire brushing the wood slats that will make-up the dial I decided to paint them black. Yes, that’s on odd choice, but since the final effect is an aged patina I’m going to apply a crackled antique white as the final finish and I realized that there just wasn’t going to be enough contrast without adding black. Next I had the wrestle the 5’ X 5’ sheet of Baltic Birch ply up onto a Shopsmith Mark V that served as a make-shift assembly tabl...
The panels on this nightstand are only 1/4” thick, so I re-sawed them to save wood and bookmatch the grain. Edge gluing this thin is tricky, but doable with a few cauls. I don’t think I’ll do 1/4” panels in the future. It looks fine, but it’s light and has a tinny sound rather than a solid “thunk” when you tap it. I think on future projects, I’ll keep it at least 3/8” thick and backcut a rabbet to provide some needed heft. The thi...
I had a really busy and productive weekend. On Saturday, we got another couple of inches of SNOW, much to my dismay. Even though I love winter, I must admit that it is getting a bit tiresome and I am looking very much to the upcoming spring again. I miss being able to walk in the woods or go to the beach. I also am very anxious to have my car back. I won't do that until the roads are fully clear. I am not really one to complain though. Especially about things like the weather, which ...
So, I feel like my first blog attempt was a failure to anyone that read the first one and was interesting in seeing it progress. The first of this series was like show starting and then being cancelled after episode one ha. Enough of my rambling. After two years, a new job, two little additions to the family, and a few other projects crammed in front of this one I am almost done. Being 100% honest some of the delay was from intimidation and frustration as well. I took a REALLY big bite...
Whew, my workweek is finally over and now I can have some fun. I’ve been thinking all week about today, particularly what I still need to get to push this project along. I needed a jig to cut the mortises, and I was looking at pattern bits and I came away with an education. Top bearing straight cut pattern bits are expensive. I didn’t want to spend that much so I went to woodcraft last week when I bought my last pieces of wood for the leg and rail, and picked up a guide bushing fr...
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