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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2: To the File Box!

08-13-2017 07:10 PM by Ron Aylor | 15 comments »

To the File Box! –  Having formed the beads and flats at both ends and roughed out the cylinder for the barley twist … it was time to disconnect from the lathe and split the spindle.  With just a few whacks of a chisel the spindle split nicely along the brown paper seam.               Voilà … time to get the file box!  My file box is nothing more than a hand powered lathe of sorts. Fixed head stock at one end … movable tail stock at the other.  The centers are actually...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #1: An Ambitious Endeavor

08-07-2017 11:02 AM by Ron Aylor | 10 comments »

An Ambitious Endeavor –  As you may recall I set out two years ago to build Prie Dieux for the four priests at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Tucker, Georgia. This fourth Prie Dieu in the series, being built for the Rector of St. Bede’s, may very well prove to be my most ambitious hand tool endeavor to date. I will be attempting a Elizabethan-ish  style Prie Dieu in walnut and Ambrosia maple. There will be some firsts for me with this project, like the gadrooning, the barley...

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• Hepplewhite Stand #10: Final Assembly ... Completed Stand

02-05-2017 11:06 PM by Ron Aylor | 4 comments »

 Now that the drawer is complete, things are progressing at breakneck speed. Having cut the top to size, I attached the cleats and bored pilot holes in the sides for attachment later.  I rubbed in the pre-assembled drawer guides and drawer runners …  ... level with the drawer rail. I used a depth gauge to maintain level from front …  ... to back.   Just as I had excepted the first fitting of the drawer was off … just a bit too high on the right!  I took the time to fashion ...

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• Hepplewhite Stand #9: The Drawer

02-04-2017 08:10 PM by Ron Aylor | 5 comments »

 The legs are tapered, the drawbore pins are all set … the frame is standing on its own!  With the drawer front fitted to the base …  ... nice and smooth, and perfectly square (well, as perfectly square as any rectangle can be), it was on to the sides, back, and bottom pieces. I decided to re-saw a 3/4 inch thick pine board to make two 1/8 inch thick slats for the drawer bottom. I kerfed the sides and ends …  ... to make easy work of the re-sawing.  After a bit of work with ...

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• Hepplewhite Stand #8: Completed Legs and Drawbore Pins

01-30-2017 03:23 PM by Ron Aylor | 6 comments »

 Although the drawknife quickly removed the waste along the tapers, the surface was left rough. Using a 1-1/2” chisel (honed to a 25° bevel) I pared the tapers to a flat surface, getting as close to the knife wall as I felt comfortable.  After paring with the chisel, I set a block plane for a thin shaving and planed along the tapers, getting closer and closer, until the knife wall disappeared.  Remember that nasty knot I discovered while ripping the leg pieces? Well … this was the best ...

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• Hepplewhite Stand #7: Tapering the Legs

01-21-2017 12:33 AM by Ron Aylor | 1 comment »

 With the tenons cut and fitted to their respective mortises, it’s time to taper the legs.  I want the legs to taper down from 1-1/2” to 1-1/8” starting about 5” from the top. I marked an 1-1/8” square at the bottom of each leg.   By the time I marked all the legs it started to turn dark … a storm was blowing in …  ... and the shop quickly became as black as the inside of a cat! ... better call it a night!  After a good night’s rain, I finished defining the 1-1/8” s...

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• Hepplewhite Stand #6: Frame Members Sized for Tenons

01-16-2017 05:26 PM by Ron Aylor | 1 comment »

What crazy weather we’ve been having in Atlanta. One week there’s ice all over everything with temperatures in the teens, and the next week we are all running around in shorts enjoying temperatures in the 70s. It’s a wonder we’re not all in the hospital! Taking advantage of the warm days, I decided to put in a few hours cutting the frame members to size and forming the tenons. First, I ripped the front, sides and back to the required 4-1/2” width.  After jointing th...

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Parsons Coffee Table #2: Joinery

01-01-2017 01:44 PM by paxorion | 0 comments »

Snuck in some time during working on the coffee table. Trimmed down the table top and cut the legs and apron rails to length. Since I was on a roll, I kept going and fitted out the mortise and tenon joinery. Not bad for my first time cutting mortise and tenons on a furniture project. Router with a double-edge guide setup (for stability) for the mortises Ironically I picked up this tip from Bosch Fitting the tenons into the mortises My new toy is peeking out from the corner

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Parsons Coffee Table #1: Milling and Laminations

12-30-2016 10:45 PM by paxorion | 1 comment »

My first woodworking project was a pine coffee table with lumber from Lowes. The entire project was screwed together long before I even knew what a pocket hole was. Thankfully, that coffee table end up being commandeered by my daughter to be her craft table, and is filling it’s role well as a beater table. The vacuum of space in front of my couch needed an appropriate successor piece of furniture. I decided that I decided the next coffee table would be a piece of furniture built with pr...

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• Hepplewhite Stand #5: Mortises ... Finally!

12-28-2016 09:31 PM by Ron Aylor | 4 comments »

 After but a few distractions, my head is now back in the game! I spent a couple of hours squaring up the cherry legs with my No. 4 bench plane and No. 3 coffin smoother …  ... turned out okay … nice and square … I never see light under the square when I point it to the rear of the shop (hmmm) ...  ... and no twist … that I can see anyway!  Once all squared-up, I mark off about an inch of waste at the top end of each leg and lay-out the various mortises for the drawer ...

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