Hello again folks. Here is the update on my project. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.
I experiment with new circ saw method. I just scored the first line and then eyeballed the second utility knife cut to the thickness of the blade. Then followed the line free hand.
Works Great! Very little tear out.
Those of you who follow the Workbench thread already know that I cut into my bench doing this. :-( So, I won’t rehash that here. Fixing that will have to be a separate blog.
After some trimming with a block plane the panels fit great.
Next cleaned up and prepared the long stretchers.
Then I cut the stretchers to final length by hand. No pictures of this process, basically the same way I cut the other parts with a square, knife, and crosscut saw.
Next to prepare the stretchers for the metal mounting brackets I will be using. They will be screwed in so I drilled and inserted some cross grain oak dowels to give the screws some long grain to bite into. You’ll see what I mean in a minute.
First I had to make some dowels. Started off with a square piece of red oak.
Then I made a jig for planning it round.
Further refinement with the spoke shave.
Then cut to length
Then I drilled some holes on the underside of the stretcher ends. I clamped a piece of scrap on to help me eyeball plumb.
Please note, the crocs are in the pic because I’m NOT wearing them. lol.
Then I just glued in the dowels. Some fit a little lose so I sprinkled in some saw dust.
Next I routed out the space for the brackets. I tried using the #71 but that didnt work out so well on end grain. So I used the power router and cleaned up the rest with a chisel.
So that’s where I’m at so far. Next to rout out the mortise for the receiving end of the bracket.
Thanks for watching!
-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch