Just for Fun... #30: The fun continues...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 09-01-2010 01:29 PM 1339 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To begin with, I wanted to Thank Everyone for their kind and warm words, welcoming Debbie to the “Family” here!! Her and I go way back…
We first met in 1977 and saw each other for about a year. We “Re-met” in December 2001 and have been steady ever since… It’s only natural for us to live together… Neither of us are half as happy or complete apart, as we are when we are together… :)
I would love to post some “then and now” pix, but we haven’t taken any “now” pictures lately… I’m working on that…
Anyway, Thank You!!
And now, back to the “Fun”!!
The latest project is a small table, like a breakfast in bed type of thing, and I had begun by making the top for it…All framed for ????
I wanted to strengthen the top by adding a couple of “stringers”. The method for joining was to be through-finger joints… To that end, I began by laying-out the locations…Marking Stretchers
Then, I drilled holes for the Scroll Saw work…Drilling holes for Scroll Saw work
And then it was some Scroll Saw action…Cutting through-mortises for finger joints
As usual, my wood selection provided me with some of the hardest and most difficult cutting!! The Wood is Rock Maple and I went through a half dozen blades cutting these out. They didn’t snap or anything, I just plum wore them out!!
But the desired effect was ultimately achieved…Finger Joints all cut...
There was one more step to do before dry-fitting all the parts together… When I milled them, I plowed out the dado on all of the pieces, and now that “Extra” has to be removed off of these stringers. It’s a pretty simple matter using the Scroll Saw…Trimming Stringers to width
There is still work to be done on this top. I’m going to use the jointer to clean these up and chamfer all the corners… There’s also a decision to be made about which way the panel is to be placed. One side is the finish side, and is about as interesting as last year’s bird’s nest. The other is, of course, the unfinished… and has knots, and swirling grain, and more… I guess you can see which way I’m leaning towards…
Today, I’m going to start work on the legs… but that will be a story for another day… :)Assembled

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

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View Dennisgrosen's profile


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#1 posted 09-01-2010 02:13 PM

Looking good so fare trom here Mike :-)
but a shame there is no picture of the moving
they are always fun to wastch , speciel if its on narrow stairs ….lol

take care

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 02:15 PM

Mike, Very good job on the joints. I can see you put some thought into them. It seems to have turned out nice. What type of finish will you use?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

View littlecope's profile


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#3 posted 09-01-2010 02:39 PM

Dennis: The move wasn’t that bad, but I was a little too busy to snap pictures… :)
Cozmo: As far as finish, I’ve had pretty good luck with plain old Spar Urethane, of the brush-on variety, for small furniture projects… I’ll cross that bridge when I reach it though… Maybe I’ll try some clear varnish or shellac this time…?
Thanks, my Friends!!

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

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 04:03 PM

Looking good,
Inspirational to see you use the scroll saw for tennons, perhaps this can bring mine to some more use.
Happy to hear that you are growing together like two beautiful old trees.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 09-01-2010 04:35 PM


Great project! I always marvel at how versatile you are with your scroll saw.

Looks like Debbie will be enjoying Saturday morning breakfasts in bed, very soon!


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

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 04:55 PM

Wow! Great one Mike! Looks real nice.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

View patron's profile


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#7 posted 09-01-2010 05:09 PM

some day ,
some lucky person will find this table ,
and say ,

“they sure don’t make things like they used too” !

or better yet ,

“my grandfather built this ” .

debbie is one blessed woman ,
a caring man ,

and a cook !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 09-01-2010 07:59 PM

Nice work, Mike. Like the joints done scroll-saw fashion.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

View ellen35's profile


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#9 posted 09-01-2010 10:38 PM

You are the master of the scroll saw!! Those are incredible joints!
I’d love to see a “scroll-off” between you and Scrollgirl Sheila – the projects would be legendary!

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

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#10 posted 09-01-2010 11:26 PM

Very nice Mike. Love those joints

-- Back home. Fernando

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