Apartment Projects #6: Another Quick Hour's Work

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 01-16-2010 03:45 AM 1174 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I left off yesterday beginning to mark the rails for this contraption I’m making.Marking the Rails
I suppose I could measure them to length, cut them, and nail/screw/biscuit them in, but that would be too easy!! I’m going to use the old “tried and true” through tenons. There is going to be three rails but, for now, I’m only going to work on the outside ones. The middle one is going to have a somewhat different fate…
I marked the tenons using just the ruler itself being the guide for the width, 1 1/8”.A better way...
The step that I forgot to photograph yesterday reappears here today. I need to mark a gentle round in the bottom of these and I did it this way, with an old scrap, a ruler, a nail and a pencilA make-shift out-sized Compass
One of the two had a better, more accurate sweep, so after I cut it out I used it to transpose the curve on to the second oneUsing "Right" curve to mark the other
Even though I’ve tried to do these fairly accurately the same, I still use each individual pairing of joints to mark for the mortices, first for widthMarking Tenons
And then for thickness (using one of the cut-outs)Boxes large and small 005
And that’s it!!Boxes large and small 006 Painfully slow, huh? LOL
But I had to stop and try to fix a leaking clothes washer and clean up what had leaked at the same time, and I only had about an hour to spare to begin with… Man, it’s always something!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 05:30 AM

Yup, it is, always somethin’

-- 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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#2 posted 01-16-2010 05:47 AM

Great step by step, Mike!

Sorry about the washer.


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

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 06:59 AM

I am enjoying this project. Looking forward to the next posting

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 07:13 AM

My mentor in carpentry was once told “Ben, you’re like a Ford tractor Slow but steady, you get more done than these guys that rush & screw up a bunch of materials” I see a cool indoor arbor for climbing house plants with your parts here! I like the curves & the details at the ends. Keep plugging away Mike, Looks good!

-- $tudie

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 11:43 AM

Looking better all the time Mike. I think this is going to be real nice when you get it finished. If you are enjoying the work then I suggest you slow down a bit. Enjoyment can be hard to find!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 01:06 PM

And… moving right along there, Mike!
Following this project (and so many of your other projects) has been fun.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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