Well, now that I am done distracting myself with mallets, saw benches and cleaning it is time to get back at this. I have set an arbitrary deadline of September(ish) for completion of this bench so it is time to ramp things up a bit. We left off with a partially fitted end cap in the last blog. A bit more progress has been made there. I have the Dovetails cut and “fitted (will require more plugs and shims.. perhaps by the 4th dovetail I will have this figured out?) As before I ...
Howdy, I finally found a bit of time to work on the table yesterday and Sunday. I built the underside of the top from larger pieces of cabinet grade plywood (That’s what I had). Then I added an extra layer to the bottom of that. I didn’t have any plywood that was large enough for the entire top so I overlapped the second layer. I made a style modification to the top to take care of the gigantic empty spots in the corners. Although you can’t see the final top design ...
I just finished cutting the second inside panel for this treasure box series #2. This is for the inside of the lid. Some of the pieces are a bit small, I have a tendency to go to far… It is cut on the marquetry chevalet. The piece by piece process require to be precise The pieces are laid out in éclaté according to their final position I really like those detail pictures The 2 panels are done cutting, ready for shading in hot sand ...
Recently I purchased a Steam Bending Kit from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware so I could try out some Steam Bending. Bending wood is something I have never tried before and is out of my comfort zone. I wanted to dive into this area of woodworking and challenge myself as well as learn something new. So of the various forms of wood bending (Laminated Bending, Milled Bending, Steam Bending) I chose steam bending to be my first attempt. The kit I purchased included the reservoir, hose, and so...
Now that the wagon vise is sorted out and functioning quite well I might add (am having too much fun with it right now tbh).. Last night after work (1am.. pretty sure my neighbors hate me right now) I decided to go ahead and make the 1” dog for the vise. Fairly straight forward. Sanded the 1” dowel slightly to give it a smooth fit (using the vise to do it no less :D ) Then cut to length, cut an angled notch at the top and then used my 1/4” chisel to cut a grove d...
The first panel is the inside of the box so Patrick can start building the box Warming up, I feel the age, I think I need glasses. First picture on the tray Next, the inside of the lid, as they are in the same style, then shading and put those to together.
Last night a fellow LJ asked a question that had me pondering all night at work. He asked why only one dog hole in such a big block. I really had not thought about that and it makes sense to have a shorter block with only one dog. You get a lot more travel and use out of the vise and what is the use of having a vise that is only partially mission capable? So this morning I sat down and stared at the wagon block for a bit trying to work out what I was to do and that is when I noticed a f...
Well, I didn’t get as far as I had hoped yesterday but progress was made… I finally got the shorter rivets and attached the runners to the base plate. If I had been able to find 3/16” thick plating large enough to make this all one piece that probably would have been better but this will work. Then I drilled the dog hole, which was an experience in and of it’s self. My drill press doesn’t do straight holes so I was free handing this. I discovered th...
So, we left off with this pile of steel waiting to be turned into a wagon vise… I started with one of the thin pieces. I measured and scored a line the full length to mark the depth of the channel for the 2 rails. Measured for the rail length.. Then with this piece on top I stacked all 3 pieces and clamped them together and cut the first rail to length with a cut off wheel in my angle grinder. Gotta love the smell of burnt metal in the morning :D Next w...
This has been a relatively slow week build wise. I had a series of 15 hour nights at work which kept me out of the shop for most of it. I did, however, find a few minutes here and there to get some work done on the wagon vise for the bench. I need to knock this out so I can finish up the endcaps and get started on the leg vise and stretchers then finally assemble the darn thing. I am fashioning this after the benchcrafted wagon vise which is a departure from my original plan of the Ma...
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