for the French cleat
Ok; some of you were after me, this for letting my first project in the new shop be a stick…
The truth actually is that I was working on this also, but the stick was done first.
This is so much more! This is 12 sticks!!!
Dam you, I’m a bad ass, 12 sticks, glue and bamboo pins.
So as many times before we start with a sketch.
Btw, this blog is a mess… So if you want to make one, start guessing, you will need it.
No measures, I just did as I went.
(Ohh yes and pls. do not turn the French cleat as the first sketch)...
Started by cutting up some wood.
Not just some wood, but the leftovers from the floor guy.
Thought it was a fine way to recycle and put some of the new shop soul into the shop wall.
Making a bunch of sticks.
That’s really all there is to it. ;-)
And we got a stick with cuts.
I made a French cleat in ash also for this, thought it would be wrong to mix wood…
Again some laps.
Tenons are cut on the table saw.
Mortises by hand.
Lovely to do timber framing in scale here. Smiles.
Looks as if we have a pair.
And a fit!
The show must go on.
Hot red wine, spiced and with a touch of rome, that’s good on a cold day, where the wind brings the could to the bones.
So I think all the parts are there now.
Time to drill for the pins.
Like this I can pin it with bamboo pins, just using the BBQ sticks.
The rest is just glue and pinning.
The holdfast is there to secure a flat fit to the wall after.
If you look just behind the holdfast on the workbench, you can see my hammer mess, they have been living there in a tray up until now.
Left to dry overnight, then a little shavings and scraping for finish.
And it’s up!
Now the hammers are easy to get.
Free of the workbench, so I have more work space.
The favorites are on the sides, so they fast and easy get to use.
Look how easy now to get the right one for the job.
Hope this little blog can inspire others; to keep their tools in order and right at hand.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.