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Stand Up Jewelry Box #6: Ring Tray and Smaller boxes

01-20-2018 02:26 AM by cowboyup3371 | 2 comments »

I have repeatedly said one of the best things of this project is that my eldest daughter and I are spending time together working on it. Unfortunately the extreme cold weather we are having has done a number on her health causing pain in her chest and overall discomfort. As such, she is unable to work in our shop for very long which has created a major damper on that time. So today, I took her out to Wright Patterson Air Force Base’s wood shop so we could build her portion of the pro...

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African Mahogany & Curly Maple Coffee Table #7: Assembling base

01-14-2018 04:32 PM by Reinan | 0 comments »

Due to the 8/4 material I used for the legs, the 4/4 aprons needed to be rebated to maintain their proportion to the legs and the integrity of the leg mortises. Machining the rebates in the long aprons was part of the reason I built the miter gauge extension, the other being the notches for the cross lap between the aprons. I completed the machining after work yesterday and fit the parts together; the fitting was minor a few swipes of a chisel and light sanding and I had a good tight fit. ...

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Stand Up Jewelry Box #4: Ring Box Base

01-14-2018 02:57 AM by cowboyup3371 | 1 comment »

After last night’s heavy snow storm where I spent about an hour at the shop, my eldest and I went back over this afternoon to finally spend several hours. I finished the basic build of the base to include drilling the holes I’ll need for the music box that is a part of this. Fortunately that included a longer section of brass rod my buddy had to extend the music stopper. This piece will be placed into the main carcass using a stopped mortise and tenon joint once I build it out....

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African Mahogany & Curly Maple Coffee Table #6: Top edge profiling, sanding, and oil

01-10-2018 05:36 AM by Reinan | 1 comment »

Sanded the breadboards in tonight, and used a 1/8 roundover bit to break the top and bottom edges of the top panel. Then added some BLO mixed 50/50 with MS to brighten it up and show it off a little. I like the way the mahogany grain aligns with the curl in the maple and I really love the quarter-sawn curly maple on the edges.

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African Mahogany & Curly Maple Coffee Table #5: Fitting and installing breadboard end

01-07-2018 01:44 PM by Reinan | 1 comment »

Made some progress last night on the top, I got one of the breadboard ends installed. Having done this once before, things seemed better and went more smoothly than the previous time. This end took me about 2 hours to fit and install. After cleaning up the tongue and drilling the holes: I used a small fine cut square file to remove the nubs left over after drilling the 2 holes for each elongated slot. Turns out I didn’t offset one hole as much as I should have and it didn’t suck the ...

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African Mahogany & Curly Maple Coffee Table #4: Main panel sanding and and machining tongues

01-04-2018 02:20 PM by Reinan | 1 comment »

Tight week for time, but managed to get some work shop time yesterday. Level sanded the maple main panel using a 4 1/2×26 belt sander for the heavy removal then finished up with a ROS to clean up and smooth things. I also machined the tongues for the breadboard ends using a pattern following bit and the corresponding mahogany blank as the pattern. I get some depth variations across the tongue, from either my ability to hold the router With the same pressure, or the pattern piece flexi...

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Stand Up Jewelry Box #1: Project Planning

01-01-2018 03:09 AM by cowboyup3371 | 3 comments »

I have never written a blog before so if this is incorrect please tell me what I should do instead; however, my intent is to document the build of my most ambitious project ever. After building the two music boxes for my daughters, I asked the wife about making one for her sister, my sister-in-law. She replied it would be a good idea but that the sister-in-law really wants a jewelry box and that it might be nicer to incorporate the two. That conversation than began an effort by the wif...

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Hand tool workbench build #2: Wood selection -- and the verdict is:

12-30-2017 08:23 AM by SauceMan | 0 comments »

Hard maple. The above image pretty much sums up the reason for me. If you look at a shaving of each, you’ll see that the hard maple is much more homogeneous whereas the ash splits into strips. I’m concerned that those strips will end up translating to chunks popping off (or tearing up) from the surface of my workbench as I accidentally dig chisels or other sharp objects into it. Here’s an image of the two “candidate” pieces of wood that I cut, smo...

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African Mahogany & Curly Maple Coffee Table #3: Leg machining

12-30-2017 02:29 AM by Reinan | 0 comments »

Got a couple more hours in the shop this afternoon, so I started working on the legs. I machined out the intersecting mortises in the leg tops and cut the two sided taper. Then I rebated the short aprons using the same jig I made for the legs. After a short set back of cutting too deeply and having to blank a new short apron, I got the rebates cut to fit snug in the leg mortises. Some final sanding and cutting the cross lap in the aprons and it’s onto the long aprons. I will transition...

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African Mahogany & Curly Maple Coffee Table #2: Panel Glue-up

12-29-2017 06:53 PM by Reinan | 0 comments »

Got the main panel glued and in clamps this morning. I learned from some issues I dealt with on the last panel: this time I cut the matching joints with one board face up and the other face down, hopefully that will remove any saw inaccuracies and create corresponding angles in the joint. I also used the new Porter-Cable plate joiner my pop gave me for Christmas (Thanks Pop!) to better align the boards and deal with the slight bow in one of them. Seemed to help align the panels while glui...

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