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Blog series by Steve Erwin updated 09-14-2013 06:15 PM 6 parts 18775 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Assigning Parts to Boards

11-12-2012 04:31 AM by Steve Erwin | 2 comments »

This is my first real attempt at considering wood grain for every element of a project. Everything I’ve read about “designing with the grain” suggests that putting this effort in before you begin the project will really help bring the end result to that “fine furniture level.” Enough with the quotes. This was a royal pain in the @ss. I thought I ordered 50% extra wood because I’m new at this sorta thing and I wanted to leave plenty of room for flaws, ...

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Part 2: Starting with the Mirror

11-12-2012 04:44 AM by Steve Erwin | 3 comments »

I decided it was too confusing trying to build the bench and the mirror at the same time, so I’m making the mirror first, because it’s simpler. I’ll have less to think about if I get it out of the way. So Step 0: Stop. Go re-sharpen all your tools. This took about a day or so. Longer than normal because I was trying to grind a camber on most of the irons and I’m not very swift at it yet. Step 1: Cut all parts to rough width and rough length. Step 2: Cut al...

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Part 3: Tenons

11-19-2012 03:07 AM by Steve Erwin | 0 comments »

Marking the TenonsI chose to start with the top rail. I used my precision double square to set my marking gauge to the correct distance, and scored the shoulders of the tenons, then the cheek cuts. This particular part is going to have an arc cut into the rabbet in which the mirror and backer board will live, so there’s a little extra meat below the tenon. Ordinarily a tenon wouldn’t be cut this small. I’m not sure if it’ll end up being a problem or not, but this i...

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Part 4: Rabbets, Grooves & Tongues

11-19-2012 03:18 AM by Steve Erwin | 0 comments »

The top and bottom rail both get rabbets for the mirror and backer board to fit into. The top rail has an extra wide rabbet because most of it is going to be cut away to form the top arc. Rather than pay extra for a curved top edge on the mirror, I’ll just curve the wood instead and the effect will be the same. The bottom rail gets a groove in its face to receive the tongue of the shelf. The left and right stiles get a stopped groove to receive the tongued cor...

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Part 5: Corbels, Arc, Mortises & First Dry Fit

11-27-2012 02:37 AM by Steve Erwin | 3 comments »

Using my Sketchup model as a reference I drew the shape of the corbels onto the prepared stock, and cut it out roughly on the bandsaw. Then with sandpaper and a card scraper I smoothed them out to their final shape. I forgot to take a photo of the setup for drawing the arc, but basically I bowed a piece of plywood to the correct vertical distance at the center point of the arc and traced the curve with a pencil. Cut it out roughly on the bandsaw, and smoothed it out with sandpaper. Th...

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Part 6: Progress Notes & Grand Finale

09-14-2013 06:15 PM by Steve Erwin | 1 comment »

Sorry for dropping this project blog. Life got busy and I wasn’t able to keep posting blog entries here on LumberJocks, but here are the highlights from the posts on my personal site. It’s done! :D I had a few delays I paused the project to figure out a finishing formula Quadrilinear Legs, Bookmatched Panels, Arcs, Frame & Panel Progress Made my own scratch stock Ran into trouble resawing for a bookmatched bench lid Another delay Scratch beading, floor ...

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