Ok, here are a couple of more evenings of progress behind me. I need to cut 16 tenons total to fit the head board and foot boards on the two beds. This part of the project is going a little slower than the earlier parts. But I’m having fun on this part so its all good. I first scribed a line all the way around the shoulder with a knife, then cut the v groove to guide my saw. Sawed the shoulder, with my dovetail saw. I tried Paul Sellers advise here and used this saw even though it is a...
Sueezed in some shop time today! Yay me! Here are a few shots of the dry fit and glue up on the case. Even had time to mount the face to a backer board so I had to take a peak.
I am helping a neighbor build a milling table from 8/4 hickory. This table is for milling grain to brew beer. I will keep posting images as we progress.
Started this in January as a gift to my wife for Christmas. This was “given” to her this pas Christmas as a picture and a note telling her I was making it as she said she wanted one. I could not find any worth a crap so I am making.
Well, I started working on my 2×4 project today. Last weekend I picked up a bunch of 2×4’s at Lowes to construct a new lumber rack, with 1 to spare for the contest. I was a little afraid that one 2×4 wouldn’t be enough to complete the project, but it looks like I will have a few scraps left. I cut some of the pieces today, 4 – 18” long pieces have been jointed and edge-glued together to form one plank (needed it to be a little longer than what is r...
When things become confusing, and I’m talking about the design aspect now as I have yet to begin this project, the shop gets quiet. My mind scopes the shop in search of something. A piece of material? A jig? Anything that can “push” me in the direction I need to go. Does my piece require the use of my leigh jig? Maybe I should start with the material instead of thinking about the process first. I search through the pile of wood looking for figure, something that stands out...
PART II I suggest that you read first the first part of the series for a better understanding… The drawer In making the drawer, all the difficulties were turned to an easy task because of proactiveness. We cannot avoid changes of idea, plans, joints, size, cuts and other problems while doing the job. I don’t have blue pirnts neither actual plans in doing this project specially when you deal with recycled or scraps materials. Here you can find: undersize, grooves, dents...
Well, I’ve started my project. Got some poplar boards cut up today and after some final words of wisdom from my assistant in the shop (see photos) I assembled the base for the bed. Now I have to wait for the plywood to arrive from my lumber store. My assistant will be back tomorrow to check out my work. http://picasaweb.google.com/sicordg/MurpheyBed?authkey=BbTHjroAieQ&feat=directlink Stay tuned…. I think this is going to be fun…
The dimensions for the hope chest were a bit trickier to figure out. I spent several hours on and off thinking about this and trying different things. The sides had to be a bit smaller because of way I’m going to attach the sides to the front and back. I also wanted to keep the chest at a finished size of 24” x 48” x 24” (24 tall, 48 long, 24 deep). The front and back sides will be glued with biscuits using a simple butt joint. The finished dimensions of the si...
RecapMy niece will graduate as a nurse in the near future. She has moved into a new house and asked me for a small desk for her new flat panel iMac. I decided to make an oak desk that would be loosely based on the mission style but with side panels that would reflect her future as an RN. My goal is a small desk 48” x 29” with keyboard drawer and a small drawer. I’ll be trying my first hand made dovetails on scrap and then on to my first dovetailed drawer I put this out here, baring all for...
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