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Blog series by newTim updated 09-14-2012 10:01 PM 3 parts 3377 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Bad Dogs!

09-13-2012 05:10 PM by newTim | 4 comments »

It is a walk down memory lane I just as soon not take, but it is nice to know you can go back if you have to. Last Fall after taking delivery of our new little cute vicious puppies, I made the mistake of leaving my bench in their puppy pen. I made it out of redwood in 2009 and it proved to be a tasty treat for sharp teeth. Yum! Aaaaaaaargh! The main damage was to the end of the armrests and there was some damage to the ends of the backrest. I figured I could sand out the backrest,...

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Part 2: The mortisian

09-14-2012 05:02 PM by newTim | 1 comment »

Now that the dissection is complete it is time to cut the mortises, or is it morti? I’ve been a big fan of the Mortise Pal jig and continue to be. The more I use it the faster I can set it up and adapt it to various situations. Let’s review a couple of notes. Be sure to use the guide bushing that comes with the jig. You may want to use a 5/8”, but the jig’s bushing is slightly larger. It will slide easily in the guide, but unlike the 5/8”, it will produce a...

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Part 3: Rotextual

09-14-2012 10:01 PM by newTim | 3 comments »

When last we left off the bad dogs had eaten my bench and I had just replaced the arms. Assembly was pretty simple. Just slop some glue in the holes and on the tennons and clamp it up. I cut a bow in the top of the arm rests on the bandsaw and a rough curve on the fronts. Then I got to try out my new Rotex to see if they are as good as they claim to be. They are, it is, but I digress. In full disclosure, however, I did use my mini PC belt sander to due some of the heavy work. Still the...

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