This time I mark the layout for how the butterfly hinge is going to be installed. Then I use a steel rod and bushings to create the hinge mechanism. This all gets installed into the support system of the table so the leaf will store under the table when it is not in use. I also show how I add the splines to the edges, and a cool way to hide the end grain of the splines. Then I level the table halves, then the leaf to the rest of the top. Almost complete! As always, I welcome your questio...
Ok, finally after about 8 months of work (in my spare time between full time job and full time school), all of the pieces are done. It was time to assemble and glue up the chair! I started by gluing on the back legs. I used clamping blocks cut at 6 degrees so that the clamps would be square with the faces of the legs which cant out at 6 degrees. Once the front legs were shaped (see Part 5), I attached the adder blocks for the arm transitions. These blocks were cut from the same s...
At this point, all of the pieces for the chair have been milled and roughly shaped—except the rockers. The rockers are made using the same basic process as the back braces. I cut nine 1/8” thick “lams” for each rocker. Additionally, I needed 18 shorter lams per rocker for the stacks that rise up to meet the legs at the joint. In addition, I made one lam on each leg out of maple as an accent. The maple nicely ties in with the sapwood that I used elsewhere in the ch...
The plan for the headrest calls for a 29.5” radius. Hal likes to orient the grain vertically so as to flow with the rest of the chair – which I agree adds to the elegance of his design. To do this, I coopered the headrest using six billets, each 4” wide. The billets were cut from the same slab as the seat (see Part 1 and Part 2). I continued the use of the sapwood used in the seat into the headrest. Once the billets were laid out, I cut each edge at 4 degrees. ...
Finished with several coats of Amber shellac followed by 5 coats of minwax paste wax. Lid open fully. Up against stop Close up of lid opened against stop. Other pics…. Overall happy with the end product. The wooden hinge with integral stop worked out very well and allowed me to complete the build without the use of metals. Thanks for looking.
Realized I needed to do something to limit the travel of the lid. After perusing the aisles of the big box stores I decided to stay with my initial intent to avoid using anything but joinery and glue. After some thought I opted for a stop integrated in the hinge. Started chiseling I didn’t have a narrow enough chisel but I did have a piece of tool steel that I formed an edge on so I could scrape out the waste in the slot to fit the walnut stop. After gluing the stop in the lower h...
Finally got the plans for the Toys & Joys Excavator.I had the plans for the Wood Stores Excavator but just wanted to try my hand at building some tracks.Before I started this project I’ve checked out a bunch of other builds on this site and man there’s some OUT STANDING work going on around here!!! I’m going to be using walnut and sassafras.I wanted the sassafras for the root beer smell but it just stinks! LOLSassafras looks a lot like oak but with more figure. T...
since my last entry I’ve spent several short sessions in the shop. I cut the mortise for the hinge into the back panel The top was built next. Cut the rails from one piece of lumber so that the grain at the 45s matched as close a possible. Next came the assembly of the of box. The previous owner of our house left quite a bit of hardwood scraps in the shop. I made the bottom from a piece of what might be maple (?) cut dados in the sides, front and back of the box and glued it ...
Witch’s Brew. Got the top on last night, and brought the table upstairs to show off a bit.. Note to self: Next table, make the splay at 5 degrees, NOT 12. Also, use a thicker, wider top with these kind of fat legs The Boss has decreed this to be a Night stand/bedside table. She could also put one of her LARGE potted plants on it. Table didn’t need much sanding. Took it back down to the shop tonight. Thought about just a clear coat of varnish…but with them w...
Well, when last seen, I had one more mortise to chop. Have since got that done…..no more chisel work! Good thing, as I need the space on my bench’s top. Tried a few ways to clamp things up. Left the long apron un-glued, for awhile. Glued the short aprons in place. Had a lot of trouble ( and cussing) trying to get the clamps to stay put. Got out a few wedges…...they slid around…..put a nail through the wedge….clamp wanted to slide off the wedge&...
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