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Lee A. Jesberger
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#1 posted 03-29-2011 03:51 AM
William, this is really looking beautiful!
You sure do make good time!
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#2 posted 03-29-2011 04:01 AM
Yeah, I don’t know how you can cut all those details so quickly! Really lookin’ good ;-)
-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
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#3 posted 03-29-2011 04:08 AM
Hey Chips now we got a drawbridge over the moat. ha ;). William I’m jealous I had to go ride around all day in a truck and you got to build castles. Will you continue to construct it from the floor up? Or start another section so it will be a bit more manageable? Lets see – first post 4 days ago hmmmm. Buy your wife and my guess we still got 2 weeks and 3 days.Looking very nice. Have you choose the type of shellac you are going to use? I use a blond to start with then shift to an amber. The worst thing I hate is the wax content. They still cant get it all out. I use to eat up some sandpaper till I started using 0000 steel wool. Faster and cheaper.I like the first picture the best. And the scroll work is superb as usual.
-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com
#4 posted 03-29-2011 04:13 AM
Easy really. Take for example the little mahogany gussets. On this level that I finished today, there are over seventy of them. That seems like a lot. It is if you were to cut out seventy something gussets. The trick though is to only cut twenty gussets though to get that same seventy something, with a few left over. Just stack four pieces of quarter inch material up and nail them together. Draw out twenty little gussets. Cut those four stacks at once. You just cut your saw time by four times.Drawer overlay? All four were cut at one time. Side door overlay? All eight pieces, four for the doors and four for the false doors, were all cut at one time.Six gable pieces that adorn each side of the second level? Two stacks of three.I also have other tricks up my sleeve. The greatest asset I can think of in projects such as this one? The ability to think three and four steps ahead of yourself. I get wrapped up in these projects. I can’t sleep at night. By the time I get to the shop, I’ve already thought about the next two days worth of work to be done on it. Ok, maybe that isn’t so great. Man I need some sleep.
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