Lag time… Lagging and joining with dowels.
not as easy as it looks…
So finally time for that lag knife!.
First mark the thickness of the bottom on the stafs.
When you have a marking knife like me, send by a fellow LJ, then it’s impossible not to smile while doing this.
Then mark the stafs.
And now the other side.
And time to lag!
It’s not easy to avoid tear out… So if I should make a new knife, it would have a flat side.
And clean out with a chisel.
Don’t know how to control how deep to go…
So I go half, and trust my instincts.
Try a new approach. (I’m naughty).
Sawing halfway through.
Clean out are really easy like this.
Now I’m really fast.
What is this a mistake?
No! I made them a little too small on purpose.
So now I mark the bottom with this size.
And now a little planning to make the bottom fit the groove.
Why this approach?
Because I believe it will be more tight with this wedge effect (might be a mistake).
So off we go.
Up we go.
To the end.
More marking gauges.
First I mark the thickness, from inside out always, so the thickness variation will appear on the outside.
Now marking the placements for the dowels.
I set up two gauges to the lengths, and mark from the bottom up.
And then marking with an owl to make sure the drill will not slip.
This sounds so simple, but it is really hard to hit dead center in so many holes, and yes I did make mistakes…
But manage with some adjusting of the dowel sizes.
Ok with power tools, my arms can’t handle so many holes with hand tools.
Time to make some dowels.
Drill a hole in a scrap piece wood.
Make a cut at the depth of the dowels wanted.
Cut of a piece of the wood, and now stick the dowel into the jig.
And dowel express are running, easy and alike.
So dowels ready to be used.
And now it’s like Lego.
The bucket comes fast together now.
So time for a pipe of nice tobacco.
Once again I have to test the limits, now to lift the bucket like this.
And it works! Jubiii.
That’s it for now!
Hope it could bring some inspiration, or guidance!
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.