Hall Mirror #2: Did I say Walnut? Apparently not...

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Blog entry by Greg Wurst posted 07-24-2008 03:33 AM 1287 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, here’s that piece of “walnut” my wife bought at a woodcarvers show years ago. I get it out into the light and it is clearly just red oak. Melissa swears she was told it was walnut, so who knows what happened. I think she only paid $20 for it, so no big deal I guess. I was looking forward to working with walnut for the first time, though.

Here’s what happens when you don’t buy that tenoning jig you were going to buy. Clamp the test piece to a couple 2×4’s straddling the fence and run the ends through. It worked well enough, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

So, I get all the pieces cut and move them to the basement for routing and assembly.

Using stop blocks and an edge guide on the router to rout the decorative slots.

Move the stop blocks back 1” and rout the middle slot.

Here’s what happens when you lift the router when cutting a slot and decide you can just back-up and cut the slot to the correct depth. Fortunately I can flip that side over and nobody will ever see it on the back.

To add insult to injury, I cut the 20 degree bevels on my rails instead of the top and bottom. I had to make a trip to Lowe’s to get another piece of oak and recut the rails. Now I get to move onto assembly and finishing.

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 04:07 AM

NEVER send your wife out to buy anything that resembles lumber, hardware, auto parts, or lawn equipment. Unless you know the salesman where she’s going, call ahead to verify what she’s been sent to pick up, and to let them know she better not come home with something you didn’t order.
While your at it, I’m sure she was in the shop, distracting you when all these modifications to the original plan were happening.

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 04:27 AM

If she says its walnut…its walnut. I’m not going to argue with here.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 07-26-2008 05:58 PM

so true tenontim! i never trust my mom buying things related to woodworking. i buy all my own wood and make sure that i am there when it is anything related to woodworking :) lol

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#4 posted 07-28-2008 03:42 PM

ah.. hum….

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