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Maple Chest of Drawers #13: More drawer, and other follies...

08-21-2017 01:19 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Again, more of a catching up…. Decided to try to add the plywood back to the case…..on a Monday? Usual stuff went on… I was just going to get a measurement on what size of a panel I needed to cut out of the 4’ x 4’ panel….was.. One thing led to another,,,,,had to lay the panel ON the dinning room table to mark out two lines needing cut….wound up outside on the patio, using a roll-around cooler as a bench, to saw the panel out….grrrrr ...

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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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Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk #2: Getting started takes longer than you think

08-13-2017 01:31 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

Armed with prints from the SketchUp model I headed out to the shop shortly after posting the first blog in this series on the Mackintosh desk for my daughter. I was a bit optimistic. After pulling several walnut boards out of the stack I quickly realized I needed to finish plane them to the appropriate thickness and run them across the jointer to get a straight edge. That took a couple of weekends to plane the ~200 BF between all of the other endless day-to-day projects around the ho...

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The Overhang Chair in Walnut

08-09-2017 11:37 PM by LeOmkr | 3 comments »

The basic structure of this chair draws Inspiration from the design of the iconic ‘Conoid Chair’ by the great japanese-american woodworker George Nakashima. Through progressive scaled models, design critique and study of human ergonomics the design of this chair is evolved from the basic concept of the nakashima chair. Made entirely in one slab of 4” thick walnut (type of a hardwood), I have also tried to stay true to nakashima’s philosophy of creating mini...

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Maple Chest of Drawers #10: Face frame follies

08-08-2017 06:12 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Sunday was a Road Trip….thought I would try Monday to do a little work in the shop.. Got three parts for face frame rails dovetailed. Needed to run the jointer over them to get them all to match each other…Fighting clamps while doing this, is not fun… Thought I’d get a bit fancy with the wider top rail…. But, when I went the chop out the matching pins….they merely broke off….Grrrr Tried the sockets for the main rails.. Which meant lif...

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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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Maple Chest of Drawers #9: Case work, finally

08-06-2017 02:54 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Right after Lunch, today..snuck down to the shop…intending to at least get the last two web-frames done… First one had a problem… Should hold it flat, until the glue dries. As for the LAST frame.. Finally done with building frames. This one will be the bottom frame. The two kickers are not to keep drawers from tipping, these two back up the bottom face frame piece. keeps toes from kicking things out of place… Got the two side panels gathered up̷...

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Maple Chest of Drawers #2: Rails and things

07-27-2017 11:33 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Still playing catch-up…...rails.. First, needed to plane away the saw marks, and get them all about the same size.. As it turned out, the plank the main rails came from, was almost a 1/16” thicker than the stiles. Back into the vise they went. The Stanley No.4c was able to remove the unwanted stuff, fairly easily. And no tear out, even across a knot.. The top rail will wait for a bit. The bottom rail will need a single groove milled, the other three main rails ge...

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Maple Chest of Drawers #1: Starting up

07-27-2017 10:17 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Let’s see….been awhile. Have a nice stash left over from the last two projects. There is a slab.. 4/4×13” x 49” long. Someone was testing out a stain when he found a crack….no biggie, we have ways.. Mostly Maple, and some Poplar planks….had a couple 4/4 planks in the stack.. There is some Black Walnut….1×4 x 7’s…..and a few 3/8” Poplar planks…. Maybe build a chest of drawers? Frame & Panel side...

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