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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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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #5: Butterflies & Trim

09-03-2017 07:46 PM by Ron Aylor | 7 comments »

Butterflies & Trim –  Once the secret drawer was fitted and working properly, I glued up three walnut boards to form the top of the kneeling platform. Once the glue dried and the top was squared, I attached it to the frame with seven 3/4” x 3/4” glue blocks.  Once that  glue dried I decided to add butterflies to re-enforce the rub joint.  I used 3/16” thick cocobolo for the three 1” x 3” butterflies.                 Next up I planed and card scraped a walnut board for th...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #4: The Kneeling Platform

08-27-2017 09:18 PM by Ron Aylor | 4 comments »

The Kneeling Platform –  With the barley twist split spindle completed and resting quietly out of harms ways, I start work on the kneeling platform.  Now … what Elizabethan/Louis XIII style Prie Dieu would be complete without a secret compartment? Besides, where else would a Reformation Era priest have kept those controversial texts? After a great deal of thought and working out countless possibilities in my head; I decided on a secret draw patterned after that of Marc Spagnuolo&#...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #3: Barley Twist Split Spindle

08-20-2017 05:18 PM by Ron Aylor | 6 comments »

Barley Twist Split Spindle - With most woodworking projects, especially hand tool projects, consistency is a challenge in and of itself. The mirror image barley twist proved no exception. After several hours in the file box, back and forth with chisel, rasp, and file, I feel like perhaps I achieved the proverbial close enough!  Although slightly off in spots, I think the mirror image accent pieces will turn out just fine.  At least … I’m happy with the results! Also, I do believe ...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2: To the File Box!

08-13-2017 07:10 PM by Ron Aylor | 15 comments »

To the File Box! –  Having formed the beads and flats at both ends and roughed out the cylinder for the barley twist … it was time to disconnect from the lathe and split the spindle.  With just a few whacks of a chisel the spindle split nicely along the brown paper seam.               Voilà … time to get the file box!  My file box is nothing more than a hand powered lathe of sorts. Fixed head stock at one end … movable tail stock at the other.  The centers are actually...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #1: An Ambitious Endeavor

08-07-2017 11:02 AM by Ron Aylor | 10 comments »

An Ambitious Endeavor –  As you may recall I set out two years ago to build Prie Dieux for the four priests at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Tucker, Georgia. This fourth Prie Dieu in the series, being built for the Rector of St. Bede’s, may very well prove to be my most ambitious hand tool endeavor to date. I will be attempting a Louis XIII/Elizabethan-ish  style Prie Dieu in walnut and Ambrosia maple. There will be some firsts for me with this project, like the gadrooning,...

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• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #13: It Is Finished

05-11-2017 11:27 PM by Ron Aylor | 17 comments »

It Is Finished –  Over the last few weeks shop time has been a rare commodity, due to dark, gloomy weather; yet, after a most enjoyable outing with my bride in the rain … I managed to procure hinges and a lock. Eventually, the rain stopped and the clouds parted to let the sun shine through. So, it was back to the shop to wrap my brain around putting the desk together. After a cup of hot tea, and an hour or so of chopping …  ... and wedging …  ... then chopping and wed...

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• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #4: Mortise and Tenon Joints

03-04-2017 12:46 AM by Ron Aylor | 7 comments »

Mortise and Tenon Joints –  I’ve spent the last couple of days in the shop laying out mortises …  ... and cutting tenons.  The visible part of the frame is of 7/4 stock. That part of the frame under the kneeling platform will be constructed using 3/4 inch stock. I will work on those mortise and tenon joints later. So, with the visible members of the frame completed …   ... it is time to step into an area of woodworking that, to be honest, I have not had much practice. ...

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• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #3: Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members

02-26-2017 12:59 AM by Ron Aylor | 4 comments »

Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members –  I finished turning the legs a couple of days ago. I think they turned out quite nicely. If not viewed directly side by side they seem to match well enough. Not bad for a spring pole lathe!  Given the frame members are coming from the same 7/4 cherry board that I took the four turning blanks and the four legs of my Hepplewhite Stand ... I thought perhaps it was time to give my rip saw a little tune-up. I made a few passes with my shop made saw jointer...

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• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #2: Replication in a Cold Dark Shop

02-18-2017 10:14 PM by Ron Aylor | 10 comments »

Replication in a Cold Dark Shop –  Looks like it’s going to be another cold rainy day in Lilburn …  ... well, not too cold. It’s 50° in the shop and I thought, Replication in a Moderately Cool Dark Shop, was too wordy a title.  But at any rate, with one leg complete it was time to start making copies. I decided to spend a bit more time rounding out the next leg on the bench, which I hoped would make less work at the lathe.  But wait! Looks like I was a bit over zealous...

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