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Blog series by Eric updated 02-21-2009 07:10 PM 8 parts 23958 reads 49 comments total

Part 1: Sketchup Model

10-25-2008 06:22 PM by Eric | 4 comments »

I had been planning on entering the LumberJocks Halloween Challenge. Anytime the prizes are given away randomly, instead of based on skill and craftsmanship, I’m all over that! But my wife didn’t particularly want me spending a lot of time in the shop merely for the chance at a $50 gift certificate for tools (and DEFINITELY not for a plane holster or a cap, she would say). So she told me that she’d let me have $50 extra bucks for tools if, instead, I built a lego table fo...

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Part 2: A Tough Day in the Shop

11-02-2008 04:02 PM by Eric | 7 comments »

So yesterday I went to the lumber yard and bought all the wood I expected to need for the lego table. I was pleasantly surprised at the price. I bought 12.5 board feet of kapur (30’ of 1”x4” and 10’ of 1”x3”) for $18.25 and a 4’x8’ sheet of 1/2” plywood for $13.75. I tried to pick boards that were straight and not warped, and at least in that respect, I succeeded. Today I had some good dedicated shop time. My first task was to cut the b...

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Part 3: Hand Planing and Hand Sanding

11-17-2008 05:34 AM by Eric | 6 comments »

On Saturday (the day after our baby was due, and he’s still not here!), my wonderful wife said, “Why don’t you go do some woodworking?” Since I was actually in the mood to tackle the next task on my Lego Table, I went for it! So the task of the day was to prep the table pieces for assembly. That meant planing and (some) sanding. The boards are in decent shape, being pretty much flat and square, so I only had to smooth them a little and take off the top layer to remo...

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Part 4: Everything is a Workbench and the World is My Shop

12-08-2008 04:14 PM by Eric | 8 comments »

Today is a national holiday (it’s Eid ul-Adha, the big Muslim holiday celebrating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son) and I was able to get in a little shop time today! But first, define shop. I needed to work on my dovetails for the aprons on my Lego Table, but had no place to do any vertical clamping. So out to the balcony I went. And voila! I had to use one of the little metal vertical bars (you can see one on the far right of the above picture) to support the ba...

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Part 5: Taking Shape

12-31-2008 10:40 AM by Eric | 9 comments »

Today I had a decent amount of shop time for a guy with two kids and an infant – a whopping four hours! I was able to put it to good use, and I made some progress on the Lego Table. So here are a couple pics: First, here is the dovetailed frame with the center support piece. Those tenons will be double-wedged, and trimmed flush of course. And then, after cutting the 1/2” plywood to fit, here’s an idea of how it will look: It’s no chisel box, but I guess it’l...

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Part 6: Oh Yeah, I Was Building a Lego Table

01-27-2009 11:43 AM by Eric | 4 comments »

My wife sent me into the shop yesterday, saying, “It’s been forever since your last post, you need some shop time!” Yes, ma’am. My shop was still a mess, because the last time I had shop time I expected to get right back to it the next day…or the next week…and you know how it goes. So it took me a little bit to get my bearings and find the motivation to pick up the tools and pick up where I left off. The tricky thing with what I did yesterday was dril...

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Part 7: Making Our Mark(s)

02-02-2009 08:50 AM by Eric | 4 comments »

Yesterday I had just a little bit of shop time. Enough to make sure the tops of the legs are all level so that there is no wobble when the plywood top goes on. I had to glue on a few shims, but otherwise it’s all good to go. Before I glue the top on, I thought it would be a good idea to have the kids go to town on the underside. Here you can see them in action: our son (and my wife) had one half, and our daughter (and I) had the other. P.S. Notice the mess of legos at the top of the ...

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Part 8: Finished!

02-21-2009 07:10 PM by Eric | 7 comments »

I swear, my shop time is so infrequent it takes me forever to complete a project. But I had a decent block of time today and was able to do quite a bit! First was to smooth the whole thing down – planing and sanding. Then I had to create a little “slot” in the top of one of the short aprons. This will allow for easy cleanup of legos; you don’t have to worry about clearing the lip, you just sweep them off into the tub through this slot. The technique I used is almost...

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