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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #14: Click … Swoosh

12-11-2017 08:07 PM by Ron Aylor | 9 comments »

Click … Swoosh - Before tackling the eight panel door, I thought I would give my newly made lamb’s tongue template a work out.  After locating the stopped chamfers with chalk, laying out the lamb’s tongue(s) was a breeze.  … not too shabby … if I say so myself!                 Aside from the cocobolo butterflies, these stopped chamfers and lamb’s tongues will serve to reference the Trinity without altering the over-all style.                 As I was thinking about the drawe...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #13: Two Become One

12-06-2017 04:35 PM by Ron Aylor | 5 comments »

Two Become One –  I thought I would take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and glue up the upper case. First I attached the barley twist accent pieces to the front frame with wood screws …                  … these pieces are proud of the frame by 3/8” as they overlap the side pieces.                 I applied the General Finishes Medium Brown Dye/Stain concoction to all the upper case pieces and once dry … glued it up!  The false bottom I mentioned in an earlier post cons...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #12: Upper Case

12-01-2017 09:56 PM by Ron Aylor | 6 comments »

Upper Case - Before any assembly of the upper case could take place, I needed to cut a few dados for shelves. Once located, I struck knife lines for the thickness of the shelf stock. I then used a chisel to accentuate the knife lines … creating a nice little trough for …  … the gent saw to cut the shoulders of the dado(s) ...  … and a chisel to bust loose the waste.  I then went to town with my Old Woman’s Tooth … cleaning out the dado(s) to a 1/4” depth …  … all the while k...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #11: Panel Risen

11-18-2017 10:06 PM by Ron Aylor | 34 comments »

Panel Risen –  To check my math one more time  I did a quick dry fit … I think it’s starting to look like a Prie Dieu!                 Now … time to start raising this panel. First I cut saw kerfs for the various steps in the profile …                 … then using a 1/8” chisel I removed waste to create the first step-down.                                 Readjusting the kerfing plane and repeating the process, I created two  step-downs. I used a bench plane to hog out most ...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #10: Panels Rising

11-17-2017 12:16 AM by Ron Aylor | 8 comments »

Panels Rising -  With all of the mortises cut and a bit of tab A into slot B  …                 … the frame of the Prie Dieu back began to take shape.  Once fitted together I drilled holes for the draw-bore pins.  While the frame was clamped up, I determined the overall size of the panels to be 7-7/8” x 13-3/4” …  ... I decided on a profile akin to this.          I then cut two panels from 3/4” Ambrosia maple stock. With the walnut receiving the General Finishes Medium Brown Dye/S...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #9: On the Rail

11-12-2017 05:58 PM by Ron Aylor | 12 comments »

On the Rail –  Having calculated the width of the upper case, I ripped and cut to length the various rails. The front received a drawer rail and bottom rail, the back received a top, bottom, and middle rail. At this point I was still unsure of the design of the raised panels.  So, after squaring the rails …   … I cut a 1/4” x 1/4” groove along the edges of the back stiles and rails.   The groove plane from my tongue and groove set places the groove 3/16” from the face of the board.     ...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #8: Onward & Upward

10-26-2017 10:14 PM by Ron Aylor | 4 comments »

Onward & Upward –  As mentioned in the comments section of the previous blog post, the kneeling platform depleted my supply of walnut! After visiting Suwanee Lumber (the best little lumber yard in all of Georgia) I not only secured enough walnut to complete this project, but managed to bring home quite a bit of cherry and ash. Wanting to get this new lumber off the floor and out of the way, I took a few days to build some cantilevered shelving.   With the new lumber out of the way a...

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Tutorial: Installing Side Rail Hinges

10-06-2017 09:01 PM by Ron Stewart | 2 comments »

If, like me, you are new to box making, you may be apprehensive about installing hinges. The number of options is large and bewildering and, with hinge installation being one of the final steps in the construction process, fear of ruining a nearly completed box is a valid concern. I’m not experienced enough to help you wade through all of the hinge options (Roger Bean’s excellent blog post Some Thoughts on Box Hinges might help with that), but I can can tell you how to inst...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #7: The Right Color

09-24-2017 06:17 PM by Ron Aylor | 6 comments »

The Right Color –  Wanting to capture the color of the altar table in the Harvard Chapel of Southwark Cathedral, London, I decided (after a bit of trial and error)  on a concoction of 4 ounces of General Finishes Medium Brown Dye/Stain (straight out of the can)  diluted with 1-1/2 ounces of water.   I covered the cocobolo butterflies with tape and slathered on a quick coat, letting it sit for about ten minutes before soaking up the residue with a paper towel. I let this dry for about 30...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #6: Gadrooning

09-07-2017 11:15 PM by Ron Aylor | 8 comments »

Gadrooning –  For the gadrooning, I decided on a barley-ribbon twist  pattern. Given that the kneeling platform is just slightly wider than it is deep, mitering the gadrooned trim pieces proved difficult at best.   So, I decided to create corner blocks to match each corner of the platform … that way the trim pieces could simply butt up to the corners.  With the corner blocks fitted to their respective corners … I alleviated the need for perfect squareness. Is that cheating...

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