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Blog series by derosa updated 02-26-2013 04:33 AM 14 parts 34230 reads 31 comments total

Part 1: An introduction to the whole thing.

04-20-2012 04:35 AM by derosa | 2 comments »

I’ve been wanting to keep a blog going and found a couple issues with the whole concept. First big issue is the lack of consistency in what I am working on on any given day. I bounce so much that that even I can’t keep track of what I’m working on at any given moment. So this blog is meant to be semi-daily and mostly for me to keep track of what I am doing and where I need to go next. In reality I have far more then five on my plate at any given moment and sometimes I even d...

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Part 2: Countertop legs are progressing

04-29-2012 05:32 AM by derosa | 1 comment »

I glued up the mobile counter top legs from a single piece of 5/4 red oak. The board looked fairly uniform in color throughout and looked incredibly straight, turns out it was close enough not to matter. I’ve got no photos of the glue up. For the next step I took a few of the pieces of fiberboard that I get at the local pallet drop off and cut the profile of the legs into them. I then glued these up into a box shape that could be bolted onto the lathe and give me a profile to follow. Th...

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Part 3: Lots of legs, work on the workbench, and where did this come from?

05-02-2012 06:15 AM by derosa | 1 comment »

I’ve actually managed to be busy lately despite wrapping up some plans from an archaeological site for a friend. First things first, I’ve managed to wrap up the creation of the legs for the portable countertop. I’d like to get some brass gas fittings to turn on the ends but so far no luck finding ones that fit around here. The lets are about 1.25” diameter and nothing seems to quite be that size. The fourth leg was turned, all four were then put back on the lathe fo...

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Part 4: A slight segue to a plane cleaning; my new Keen Kutter KK6c.

05-08-2012 11:28 PM by derosa | 7 comments »

Found this driving home at a roadside garage sale yesterday for the small fortune of 7.00. I went over the thing in general and cleaned it up. I’d like to give the blade more of a polishing at a later date but for now focused on making it workable and clean. The blade is an actual Keen Kutter and does seem to be thicker then the hock blade I bought for my No5. Right off it works far better then my Stanley 6. A close examination of the mouth on this does show a beveling of the ed...

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Part 5: Trying to find the time and keep it together.

08-26-2012 03:47 AM by derosa | 2 comments »

Nothing like juggling to try and keep things going. Needless to say my five projects have fallen by the wayside and there’s just no keeping up. The wife came to me a couple of weeks ago and demanded 2 new items only to demand a third not 5 days later and she wants them bumped ahead of everything else and done as soon as possible. Yet time is seemingly never available when it is needed. My own personal plate is full trying to make sure there will be Christmas gifts to give away this year...

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Part 6: The upside to an overheated woodshop, fast drying times.

09-01-2012 02:23 AM by derosa | 2 comments »

Only 5 months ago I had 4 applewood trunks sliced into 1.25” boards which I stacked in my woodshop. Being that my shop is in the attic space above the add-on kitchen it has no insulation between it and the all day sun exposure black roof meaning that for most of this summer the shop has been too hot to work in most of the time. Tonight being one example, it is currently 98 in there from a 92 day. The result is that a test of the applewood produced a moisture content of 9-11% with most i...

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Part 7: A planer sled to make boards with and I broke my "workbench"

09-05-2012 04:05 AM by derosa | 3 comments »

Now that my applewood is dry and ready to be milled I find that I need some way of making flat square boards out of it, not to mention the stack of cherry I’ve been slowly moving through that also needs to be jointed and planed. I need to pretty much make sure all the lumber I have is fully surfaced and jointed for 2 main reasons. First is that I have a little one on the way in 7 weeks and while I can get through sawing, hand jointing, sanding, gluing and clamping with no problems while...

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Part 8: New Project: a high chair, and one down; sort of.

10-09-2012 03:44 AM by derosa | 1 comment »

One down, sort of. The mobile butcher block has been put on hold for a while. The wife saw the cover of the Feb woodcraft and decided that she liked the mobile block they had rather then my design. This leaves me with 4 red oak table legs that may someday get used. The cutting board that was to be a part of it was finished and made a project here With that out of the way she immediately requested a new chair for our daughter which I am now well into. T...

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Part 9: Progress on the clamp cart, dinosaurs, and some cleaning.

10-12-2012 05:07 AM by derosa | 1 comment »

Managed to make it into the shop for two short periods today with some satisfactory results. The sides of my clamp cart are now glued to the base, some front and back supports at the bottom will still have to be added and a top was glued on as well. After thinking on it tonight I’m feeling like dowels may be the best way to go for the cross pieces that the clamps will actually sit on. But, for now, the results. The dinos I’ve previously mentioned though not one of the fi...

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Part 10: Progress on the knock down bench, pallet crafting the whole thing. Some nice legs.

01-13-2013 05:21 AM by derosa | 1 comment »

I’ve been wanting to get going on this project for quite a while and have finally made a little more progress. I now have most of the design in my head and have managed to collect a good portion of the wood.Last three days have been spent milling down some of the stock for the legs and making the cross members. Each leg is 3”x2 7/16x whatever the height is, didn’t actually measure that so I don’t know. Height is based off my current table which is between 3-4 inches lo...

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Part 11: pallet crafted feet and cross supports for the workbench.

01-15-2013 05:34 AM by derosa | 2 comments »

Managed to spend a little time in the shop this evening. First lesson of the day, if the dust collector is running then the tablesaw will trip the breaker if you try to saw red oak over 3” thick. But, wearing a mask and still breathing in too much dust I managed to get 2 feet and 2 long cross supports milled up square. The feet are 2.25”x3” and 28” long. Feet will be added to the bottoms of these and the ends rounded over a little, not too extreme as I don’...

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Part 12: Pallet crafting a bench, lots of tenons. A couple of contest rings.

01-16-2013 05:50 AM by derosa | 0 comments »

Just trying to squeeze in an hour a night has been making a difference, tonight I managed to make 8 tenons on the 4 legs. Each tenon is 2.5” long, 1.5” wide and .75” thick. At first these sounded like some solid numbers but one actually milled out they seem kind of small. Too late now to change it so I hope they’ll be strong enough. Tomorrow I’ll lay out and cut out the mortises for the long cross supports and try to mortise the feet. If I can get the feet do...

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Part 13: Joining the legs and how I'm doing it.

01-18-2013 06:40 AM by derosa | 0 comments »

I’ve reached the point of some actual assembly. Basically the tenons are cut out of both ends of all legs, hopefully I can mortise the feet tomorrow, and the mortises have been cut for the short braces and the long supports that will hold the bottom shelf and prevent racking. That allowed me to cut some 5 degree wedges out of walnut and drive them in using my sturdy new mallet. With titebond III on the cheeks of the tenons and drizzled down into the opening for the wedges the legs are p...

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Part 14: The vagarities of life; all projects are on hold as life reorganizes.

02-26-2013 04:33 AM by derosa | 8 comments »

My wife and I have been sharing a pastor’s position for the last 2+ years for a pair of churches, about a year ago things started going south with one of them, honestly I expected to be let go sooner and the process is still in the works. When we took the job initially it was with the understanding that we had to live in the church provided house, which almost prevented us from taking the position after seeing its condition, but ignoring our instincts we forged ahead. In the just ove...

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