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Workbench build #1: Part 1: The need for a new, cheap bench

03-20-2017 10:10 PM by RobNPHX | 0 comments »

It’s been about 6 months since I purchased a bench from a discount tool store, and I am in desperate need of something else. The bench is cheaply made, and even for having glued the joints prior to assembly, there is too much sway and movement for hand tool work. The included wooden vise is falling apart, and the wood is cracking. Yesterday, I started to build out a new bench, constructed of Douglas Fir 2×4’s. At less than $3 a board, I couldn’t beat the price. I w...

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• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #5: Hollows and Rounds

03-19-2017 11:24 PM by Ron Aylor | 4 comments »

Hollows and Rounds I have not had much shop time over the last couple of weeks. Actually I have had no shop time … I’ve been down with the flu! I traveled to Maryland two weeks ago and must have pick up the bug at the airport. I’m thankful I got a flu shot at the end of last year … no telling where I’d be had I not. But at any rate … I’m now back amongst the living! As I mentioned earlier, the horizontal frame members of Lynnsay’s Prie Dieu will...

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• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #4: Mortise and Tenon Joints

03-04-2017 12:46 AM by Ron Aylor | 7 comments »

Mortise and Tenon Joints I’ve spent the last couple of days in the shop laying out mortises …  ... and cutting tenons.  The visible part of the frame is of 7/4 stock. That part of the frame under the kneeling platform will be constructed using 3/4 inch stock. I will work on those mortise and tenon joints later. So, with the visible members of the frame completed …   ... it is time to step into an area of woodworking that, to be honest, I have not had much practice.  Anticipa...

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• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #3: Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members

02-26-2017 12:59 AM by Ron Aylor | 4 comments »

Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members I finished turning the legs a couple of days ago. I think they turned out quite nicely. If not viewed directly side by side they seem to match well enough. Not bad for a spring pole lathe!  Given the frame members are coming from the same 7/4 cherry board that I took the four turning blanks and the four legs of my Hepplewhite Stand ... I thought perhaps it was time to give my rip saw a little tune-up. I made a few passes with my shop made saw jointer to level...

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First mortise and tenon construction #1: The coffee table

02-22-2017 02:48 PM by RobNPHX | 6 comments »

Traditional joinery inspired by the work of Roy Underhill and Paul Sellers. My first “real” project. Hand cut mortise and tenon. Narex motise chisels and Veritas carcass saws used.

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• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #2: Replication in a Cold Dark Shop

02-18-2017 10:14 PM by Ron Aylor | 8 comments »

Replication in a Cold Dark Shop Looks like it’s going to be another cold rainy day in Lilburn …  ... well, not too cold. It’s 50° in the shop and I thought, Replication in a Moderately Cool Dark Shop, was too wordy a title.  But at any rate, with one leg complete it was time to start making copies. I decided to spend a bit more time rounding out the next leg on the bench, which I hoped would make less work at the lathe.  But wait! Looks like I was a bit over zealous in cutti...

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• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #1: Getting the Jump on Lent

02-14-2017 11:36 AM by Ron Aylor | 11 comments »

Getting the Jump on Lent Lent, an Old English word meaning “spring,” the time of lengthening days, is that season of the Church between Ash Wednesday and Easter. During the season of Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penance. There is however another school of thought, one of taking on or adding a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar, to draw oneself nearer to ...

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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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