Well, other than a Boss ordered shopping trip, spent a bit of time in the Dungeon Shop today..getting the rest of the base assembled. Diagonal clamp to pull this thing close to square. Had to make the corner blocks as well. Was just going to add a corner block to help glue up one short apron…..and kept going. Actually, I got to this point, and had to take the Boss shopping, then come back and fix supper….Finally got to work a bit more A smooth plane? Ah, not exact...
Some say Pine is easy to work with a chisel…some say something else….Anyway, laid out the first of 8 mortises And chopped for a bit. needed a few tools for the job. Since none of the tenons are the same thickness….different width chisels. Needed a way to keep track of which part when where…..went upstairs, and grabbed a black sharpie. Since this was the first mortise, a single spot on each part. Then, all I have to do is set a 1 spot tenon in a 1 spot...
And that is about it. wasted half a day with a Migraine…..kind of hard to work with half the body going numb. About evening or so….dug out some toys…saws? Front one is a rip, back one is crosscut. I even put a NEW blade in the old Atkins No. 50 coping saw! other tools? Well there is a Ohio Tool Co. hand plane there, a chisel or two, a mallet. Somewhere back there is a square or two, and a Stanley No.90 shoulder plane. Still trying to get that one tuned up just...
Already had some stock for the aprons. Cleared the panel of all the junk…well, most of it. Laid two legs onto the panel. I moved them in about 2” from the ends, and measured the space inbetween them. Added 1” for the 1/2” tenons…. Checked the stash, to see which two boards were at least that long. About…21-1/2” or so. Two were a tad short. Save those two for the ends. Set up the mitrebox to read 85 degrees. Set the bevel square to t...
If you’ve been following along on Youtube, you know I’m in the middle of a HUGE shop reorganization. Every square foot of my shop, all 1100 of them, is being impacted in some way or another. The front half of the shop is now done. Some shelves have been removed, or just plain moved, and some new ones have been built. We had a break from freezing precipitation of one sort or another today, so I decided to get rid of some cut off’s in the fire pit. Once that was roaring goo...
Ok, this project is to see just what I can build with just those four leftover 4×4s. So far, there is a “top” awaiting so more plane work. Letting it season a bit, first. I also have a few blanks to make aprons out of….a full 4/4” thick ones, too. Which leaves the stuff from the fourth 4×4… Had a few leg blanks sawn The four were ganged up, with one end flush. Measured out 24” and mark a line across with a square. This way, all fou...
After a loft bed build, I had four 4×4s left over. Boss finally told me to get them out of the Dinning Room! OK, Laid some lines out, and tried the bandsaw Cuts seemed to go which everyway they wanted. Tried to get them close to the lines….Figured I could at least plane them close to flat.. A Corsair #5 Scrub Jack got things almost flat, then a longer plane tried it’s luck… Stanley No. 7c…...Got three boards planed close to flat, and had a few mor...
Earlier this week, I decided to try cutting a dovetail joint for the first time. I had bought a Veritas dovetail saw earlier in the year and I had never taken it out of the box. As you can see from the pictures, it was certainly not a success as far as the joint is concerned. I pretty much just started cutting. I had watched a few videos and even seen Frank Klausz cut them up close when he visited Highland Hardware. The good thing is that I now have one under my belt and the next one will...
Having previously varnished the units to match the bed, I started early today, the first job was preparing the drawer fronts, I decided that because they are recessed it would not have looked right, to route the edges, I sanded them up to 320 grit, then drilled and fitted the handle screws in place. They then had a coat of varnish, and were left to dry. I made some stops, out of scrap mahogany to stop the drawers coming all the way out, they are just held to the back of each drawer by a si...
Having cut all the timber it was time to do something with it! I assembled the tops, and sides, minus the trim, using pocket hole screws and glue, sanded them with 80 grit, until they are all level, next I attached the trim, before continuing the sanding. I also sanded the side trim and the legs. Then it was time to start the build, things went together, but not as smoothly as I would have liked. There were a lot of pocket holes to be drilled, all on the inside, so none of th...
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