Well, after taking all my rough cut boards and ripping them to final width and crosscutting them to final length on the tablesaw, and spending what seemed like hours (because it probably was) laying out all the cuts on all the pieces … I fired up my new mortising router jig … And cut my first mortises in all the stiles of the chest! I then went over to the tablesaw with a Dado head and started to mill my 1st tenons and all the grooves for the solid panels: Things went ...
Well fellow Jocks and Jockettes, I am slowly approaching the completion of my Granddaughter’s blanket chest. This weekend I managed to cut the lid to size, put a 3/4” round over on the top edges, apply two coats of shellac and numerous coats of General Finishes “Java” and “Georgian Cheery” Gel Coat. I still need to do some touch up work, rub it out and apply 2 or 3 coats of GF poly seal coat. However, before that happens I have to install the hardware...
It was a chilly 45 degrees here this morning, but I braved the chill, cleaned up the rabbets with my old #78 and dry fit the chest. Here is a look at the front Viewed from the front left Viewed from the back right Still need to trim a couple of rail tenons, but after that, its off to building the lid. Have a great day and thanks for visiting. Bruce (AKA FLWoodRAT)
While waiting for the glue to dry on my panel stock, I made a ‘panel raising’ jig for my table saw. Then after trimming the panel stock to width and height, I ran them through my TS. Eight panels raised and 10 fingers remain. The jig worked well. WOOHOO. Set-Up and Test Flight of my Jig. Here are one end panel and one front/back panel And here is the edge detail._ Weather permitting I will dry fit the panels in the frame today. Have a safe day in your shop.
Last weekend I had one of my leg posts crack so I had to make a new one. Fortunately, LJ Chisseler had a piece of pine for me. So today I milled it, did the dados and mortises, then did a trim up on the mortises and a dry fit. I still have to do the final fit up on the tenons, but this is how the frame looks without panels, a lid or a bottom. Bones Baby Bones. Front View of the loose assembly: End View of the loose assembly: Tomorrow I will trim up the tenons to tighten the joints...
Well, it’s Christmas Eve and Mother Nature provided us with some good weather. As such, that meant a day in the FlwoodRats Al Fresco Work Shop (AKA Driveway) working on some more stock for my rendition of T-Chisels Blanket Chest. This one will be a toybox/blanket chest for my Grand Daughter Yvette. Having my table saw on a mobile base really helps. Here are my Jointer and Planer Here is my stock for the raised panels. Today was spent rough milling them to 1-3/8” ...
Hey fellow LJ’s. You all need to check out T-Chisel’s site. It’s full of ideas, techniques and videos. One of the “Projects” T-chisel posted was of an 17th Century blanket chest. It inspired me to knock some rust off the shop, sort through a pile of old pine and start thinking about how I could use his idea to build a toy box/blanket chest for my grand daughter. So the saga began. Sure enough I had plenty of wood to choose from. After a few hours of sorting, clea...
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