Wedding Clock #7: Three "F's" or Disaster Recovery

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Blog entry by kenn posted 05-27-2011 01:24 AM 2954 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The Front Frame is Finished (ala 3 “F’s). Here’s how I made the front frame and recovered from my disaster. I started by jointing the inside edges of the stiles flat and square with my #7 plane. Photobucket
The a little layout and I was off and running …no, I meant mortising. Photobucket
Chopping down and levering up the waste, I made a mortise. Photobucket
Checking to make sure I made a square mortise as I went along. Photobucket
As you know, the ends of the mortise are saved for last. Once the center is excavated, place the chisel in the scribe line and chop, like this—- Photobucket
I did need to clean up the sides on some (ok, truth be told , it was on all ) of the mortises. It is best to use a wide chisel for this job. Photobucket
All I needed to do was to make six of these babies. Here’s the hard one since it was 1” deep and only about a inch wide. Photobucket
Here’s proof that I did all six of them, since the semi-official Lumberjock slogan is “If there are no pictures, it didn’t happen!” Photobucket
Then I went to the table saw and ripped both stiles to the same width. I want to able to use the flat sides to put my clamps on during glue up. Photobucket
Now I have made the 2 stiles (vertical pieces). What’s next? That’s right, make the rails (horizontal pieces). Same process, just shorter. First up is plane them flat and square. Photobucket
Then I carefully cut them to length, adding the tenon length to the distance between the stiles. Then I layed out the tenons. Here they are all lined up and layed out, notice how I just marked all of my tenon details right on the rail to help keep things straight. Photobucket
I made a test piece from part of a rail that I saved from when I cut the rails to width. This allowed me to check the table saw setup. I wanted to be close to my tenon width but also wanted to leave a bit to trim with my skew block plane. This way I could be sure of getting a tight fit. Photobucket
I know alot of people use a tenoning jig and the table saw to cut tenons, and I have used that technique in the past. This is what I like doing now and it seems to give me the results I am looking for. I leave a little waste from the shoulder. Then I use a chisel to rest in the scribe line and chop the tenon shoulder, undercutting it a little. Photobucket
Most of them fit perfectly straight off the bench. Photobucket
I did have one that needed a trim on one side to get the great fit I was wanting. Photobucket
I made sure that I was square, especially since I was going to be fitting doors into these openings later. Photobucket
Here’s a look at the bottom rail before I screwed it up (see previous blog “Disaster Strikes”). Photobucket
Once I recovered from my disaster, I was ready to glue up the front frame. Photobucket
Some clamps and a little time, I’ve made a face frame. Photobucket
I sanded everything flush then put a coat of BLO on and let it dry. Photobucket

That’s where I am now. As a reminder, this is my goal – except in cherry. Photobucket

Let’s keep going, the wedding is 16 weeks and 2 days.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 02:44 PM

You can always buy another week or 2 while they are on their honeymoon lol. Thats one heck of a project you are embarking on there, and from the looks of it you are well on your way. Things look nice and tight, youve all ready got your first disaster recovery out of the way, onward i say! The lucky couple will be super happy with this masterpiece in sure.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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