Wedding Clock #5: Don't Get Mad at Me, The Back

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Blog entry by kenn posted 05-18-2011 03:35 AM 1590 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As a reminder, I am making an Art and Craft style clock based on one at The Grove Park Inn for my eldest daughter’s upcoming wedding. See post #2 for the goal. I’ve decided to make the back frame and panel assembly first. A little sharpening is order before I get started. Photobucket
Next I planed the stiles flat and square with my Lie-Nielsen #7. Photobucket
Then I just couldn’t handle the suspense anymore and had to lay out the panels and rails to see how it was going to look. This allowed me to select which panel was the upper and which was the lower. Photobucket
I set my mortise guage directly from the mortise chisel and then layed out the mortises. Photobucket
Since I am going to use a plow plane to make the grooves in the stiles, I need a mortise for the plane to start and stop. Here is one of those mortises. Photobucket
Now I can run those grooves. Look at those purty shavings. Photobucket
OK, that’s not fair. I know you want to see my plow plane in action, not just a picture of what it does. By popular demand … drum roll, please … Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
I ran the grooves in the rails while I was set up. The middle rail gets grooves in the top and bottom, the others only get one edge grooved. Photobucket
Now I am going to use those grooves to help line up my mortise chisels while I chop out the other two mortises in each stile. Oops, I pulled the chisel out but it was stuck and I sliced a bit of a cut on my figer. I “signed” the piece with a little DNA, see it there on the left. Photobucket
Here is pair of matching mortises. Photobucket
What do we do once we made mortises? That’s right, make the tenons. I’m going to use the table saw to define the shoulders. I could use the saw and do it by hand, but time is slipping away on me and I’ve got to get this done before the wedding actually occurs, right? Photobucket
Then I removed the waste with a dado blade set up, just to speed up production a bit. For those of you following along, I am down to 18 weeks until the wedding. Photobucket
They still need fitted with a plane and some hand work so don’t try to throw me out of the club just because I cheated a bit and used the table saw back there. Photobucket
Look, I can use a saw to trim the tenons to length. Photobucket
I want to make sure these stay square while I am working on them. Photobucket
Once again, my impatience is showing. I have enough of the joinery done that I can get a sneak peak at how this is going to look. Those are the front stiles sitting off to the side, their grain match is fabulous while the back is … well, it’s the back. Photobucket
Well, now those panels need a rabbet cut on one side so they will fit into those neato plow plane grooves. Back to the table saw for speed versus the rabbet plane, sorry … again. Photobucket
I did clean them up and do the final fitting with my skew plane, still ok? Not too mad about the table saw now, are you? Photobucket
This stile fits good, that’s progress. Photobucket
My plan was to hand plane all final surfaces so I took my #4 1/2 to the panels. Photobucket
Unfortunately, I feel the time pressure closing in on me. I switched to the air sander. Photobucket
I made the switch mostly because I had some tear out and knew there would be more. Plus, there is no way I am not using sandpaper on those birdseye shelves that are coming up. Here’s another look at where I am headed. Photobucket
I needed to put some finish on those panels. I am going to put a coat of BLO (Boiled Linseed Oil) followed by clear shellac. Now you can start with the “oooh, ahhh, that looks great!” Photobucket
Confession time, using the plow plane dinged up the end of the starting/stopping mortises. It seems the skate hit the stile where it would show. My solution, add a shoulder to the bottom edge of the tenon. Can you see the ding and the layout for the shoulder? Photobucket
Let’s clamp this together and sand it all flush and smooth. Photobucket
The bottom rail gets a radius profiled onto it. I am going to use a huge a@# forstner bit that I bought for just this job. It’s 3 3/8” and I ran the drill press at about 300 rpm to accomadate the bit size. Photobucket
That worked great, well worth the expense since I am going to put the same profile on the bottom of each side. Photobucket
A little trim, connect the holes at the bandsaw and … Photobucket
Here’s what we’ve got. Photobucket
Then I cleaned that up with a block plane and some rasps. You’ll have to trust me that on because those pics came out blurry. I put some BLO on the stiles and rails. I couldn’t take the suspense, here it is, no glue yet. Photobucket
That’s it for now. Next, I’ll be making the frame. It should go easier since there are no panels to make and fit. It’ll be hard enough when I have to fit doors to those frame opening. Thanks for following along with me, leave me a note of encouragement since I have 17 weeks and 3 days to get this done.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 04:32 AM

What a work out, Ken! I’ll bet a Yuengling (Pennsylvania’s best beer!) tasted pretty good ;^)

Nice set of photos!


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

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 04:40 AM

nice set of photos… i like the look of that plane your using to plow the grooves too.

I noticed you weren’t wearing any eye protection in any of the photos though. I wear glasses too, and know what a pain it is, but regular glasses won’t give the protection you need.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 05:09 AM

very cool looking, I’ve been getting into the hand tools and can appreciate the switching between power and hand.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 06:20 AM

Lew, yes I enjoy a Yuengling every now and then, prefer the Black & tan but you can’t beat a Lager … not in the shop, tho’.

Dahlgren, I’ve been close to buying a pair of prescription safety glasses for the shop, you just put me over the hump since I think it’s bad mojo to ignore that type of advice … that’s also why I switched out the washer hoses to stainless steel once my Mom said something, better to fix it when it’s easy than after the diasater occurs.

Derosa, got to work on being more efficient with the hand tools & power tools and not try to devolop hand skills since I really want to done by the big day. Usually I stay away from hard deadlines since they seem to cause me rush/safety issues, but this one is a set in stone date. The world won’t stop, the wedding will still happen, I’d just like to give it to the couple then.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 01:15 AM

I understand… I wear goggles over my glasses for cuts on the TS, router etc… but use a face shield when turning. Prescription safety glasses would be nice to have too… probably a lot easier to keep clean than goggles.

My nickname is Interpim, my real name is Robert, the city I live in is Dahlgren… at least until October and I get stationed in San Diego

-- San Diego, CA

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