Wedding Clock #4: Hired an Apprentice

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Blog entry by kenn posted 04-30-2011 04:58 PM 1386 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am still milling lumber, trying to get everything ready for some joinery. Once I get one side flat, I mark it “Flat”. Photobucket
That just helps me keep track of who’s where as I work the pieces and parts. Here is one of the birdseye maple shelves that I glued up then hand planed one side flat, mostly, and is now ready to be taken down to its final thickness. Sorry this picture is a little blurry but you can see how flat the wood is. Photobucket
Just so you can see the results of my sweat, here’s a 30 gallon trash can ready to go to the recycling center. Photobucket
Once I got these pieces flat on one side, I packed them up. Photobucket
I took them out to my Dad’s who has a thickness sander. My plan was to cheat a bit and run my glued up pieces through the sander. Here’s Dad helping to get things set up. Photobucket
We tried running the birdseye shelves through, but the sandpaper kept tearing. Photobucket
We did successfully run the birdsye that I am going to use to frame the copper dial. I hope you can see that figure. Thanks to Barlow for sending me the wood, it’s amazing. Photobucket
Well, I had to regroup and decide how I wanted to get may panels down to thickness. I don’t mind handplaning them but it is a lot of work and it will take some time. Although this clock isn’t ticking, my time to get it done is ticking away. I have a friend with a wide planer that I thought was 20”, turns out it is 15” and not much help since my planer is 13” and the widest panel is 20”. I finally decided to call a local cabinet shop and the shop manager, Jim, said I could come by Sat morning. Photobucket
Here we are getting started. I made the bride come along and take pictures, hey, she might as well see what all goes into making this clock, right? Here’s a back panel coming out of the sander. Photobucket
I spent most of the time “catching” as the wood came through. Jim was the brains. Photobucket
When we were running the last of the birdseye shelves through, Jim switched to 120 grit to help me out with the sanding. Then he let me on the smart side of the machine. Photobucket
I have got to get one of these! That is the easy way to prep stock, it comes out nice and smooth. Of course it is hooked up to a massive dust collector, needs a huge electical supply and takes up a bit of floor space. Father’s Day is coming so maybe I should pick one out for the kids to chip in on. Photobucket
I better just plan on being nice to Jim. One board looked like it was moving a bit, we saw a little cupping at the cabinet shop. When I got them home I clamped the stack to my workbench. Photobucket
That’s the story of my appentice, the sander. I guess I’ll call him “Sandy”. He did nice work and I’ll use him again when I need to. Next up is some actual joinery as I am going to make the back of the clock. Thanks for following along.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 04-30-2011 05:17 PM

Great photos Ken!

I think you are right about the photographer. Most folks don’t have a true idea of what it takes to create an project like this.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 04-30-2011 05:21 PM

Great having Dad on hand.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 03:47 AM

Great job. The Door and window lace that donates Sapele to our toy workshop has a 37” sander. I watched them use it a lot, It does a great job.

Our woodworking club is taking a tour of there Door and Window business this week. I’ve been in the shop a lot, but it will be great for the other members of the club.

I used their resaw and sander to do some Tiger/Ambrosia maple. I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with it.

That is some great looking Birds Eye Maple.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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