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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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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Before jumping into the mortise and tenon joints I thought it a good idea to make sure my chisels have a proper edge. For this project I need a 3/8 mortise chisel, a 1/2” firmer chisel for the half blind dovetails, and a 1-1/2” bevel edge chisel for the tapered legs. A proper edge is actually quite simple. You need but two intersecting planes. Generally, the smaller the angle between the two planes, the sharper the edge and easier the cut. The smaller the angle, though, the less force it ...
It finally stopped raining! I shouldn’t complain because we actually needed the rain, everything had become so dry. But, at any rate, the sun is out and I can see all the way to the back of the shop. So it is time to get this little stand laid-out and rough cut. I glued-up the top a few weeks ago. I think the Ambrosia maple looks awesome … you? It is currently over-sized by a few inches, I’ll cut it to fit once the base is completed. The lumber I get from Suwanee Lumber ...
It’s been raining for a day or so here in Lilburn, and as a result I haven’t had much shop time. Too dark. But, I’m still moving forward with my little Hepplewhite stand. Given that the original stand was built 19 years ago, I thought it prudent to measure all the parts, as I did not measure anything back then. I simply established a comfortable height and filled the space where she was going to rest. Unfortunately, I kept no notes; at least I cannot find any, other than...
So, my bride comes to me this morning asking, “what’s wrong with this picture?” Realizing that it had been quite a few years since my first Hepplewhite stand, I committed to build another to even out the look of our bedroom. The first stand, built in 1997, has red oak legs, hackberry sides and drawer font, and a sassafras top. It was finished with shellac and beeswax. The top has been re-waxed several times over the years and is in need of a touch up. As to the new stand,...
Ok, we had a some severe rain here (Henrico county) outside Richmind, Virginia, this past day or so. Power went out this morning. A friend had plans to do some work with several friends for assistance. Well someone said we could nor proceed due to no power. Well his father in law asked why that should stop it. We have hand tools and pencils. Needless to say, hand tools it was, the wives cooked on 3 grills, and the work was completed before nightfall. It was fun. Some learned some ...
Maybe I am a bit of a pessimist, but I find some of the “tool awards” presented by some blogs to be questionable mashups of both parties gaining from awards being handed out. The blog/magazine gets free tools and gets to highlight major names who then buy ads, and then in turn the tool companies promote their tools as award winning which then to some extent benefits the tool company and gives credit back to the publication. Hence its hard for me to not think of them as possibly bi...
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