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Project by Mosquito posted 02-07-2013 04:26 AM 1021 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend decided “we” needed to make a chalk board. I had the idea to do a cork board on the bottom half. So we did.

The frame is made out of 3/4” x 1 1/2” Poplar. I used a #46 to cut the grooves in the frame.

The chalk shelf is Mahogany. I used a #77 mortising gauge, a marking knife, chisel, and router plane to cut the recess in it.

The panel is birch plywood with half painted with chalkboard paint, and cork that was stained with Varathane Cabernet stain.

Finished with De-waxed shellac sanding sealer, and 2 coats of clear shellac. Buffed with paste wax applied with #0000 steel wool, and polished off with cotton rag.

Not too many progress pictures because I decided to try a video of it.

Here’s a link to the video with out music, if it doesn’t fit your fancy:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW24az7daxQ

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 12:04 PM

Need wax on that #45!

Music put me in an “Incredibles” frame of mind. :-)

Very nice build, and I appreciate the effort it took to do the video! Well Done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 12:59 PM

Very nice, like the colors.

-- Chris K

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Mosquito

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 01:54 PM

Thanks Smitty. It was actually a #46, and it was waxed lol I was having issues with the workmate moving too much on me in the first video. Then the plane would get out of square (vertically) with the groove, and it’d catch. Second one went much better than the first.
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Thanks Chris. I’m happy with the contrast that came from staining the cork, and glad that I picked something other than poplar for the shelf.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 02:25 PM

Nice job, Mos, finally got the video to play on my iPad…still lauging at those tenons being cut at high speed…love it!

I didn’t even know cork could be stained…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 02:43 PM

Old school I like it…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 03:06 PM

Outstanding Chris! I particularly like the chalk shelf. It all came out great.

The video showing your process is enlightening and super entertaining. Really wonderful posts. Thank you for all your efforts i am learning a lot.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 03:17 PM

Thanks Terry, I didn’t either, but I got curious, so we looked it up. I figured, if a whine cork gets stained from the color of the wine, I should be able to stain it, right? It’s not easy, mind you. It required a lot of stain to get in between the pieces to get all of it stained. Then it took probably 3-4 days to dry (It was stained Sunday afternoon, and even when I was gluing it in place last night it was still bleeding color a little bit).
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Thanks Ken. Everything was hand tools, including using the egg beater drill to use the pegs for the shelf.
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Thanks Tony. I’ve probably watched the video 8-9 times already myself lol.
For the shelf I (foolishly) cut the notch and angles on the corners before doing the recessed part. That wasn’t the best forethought. Made it a lot more difficult to hold between dogs in the workmate. Made it work, though.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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AnthonyReed

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 05:23 PM

You know, the quality you are able turn out on that rickety workmate makes me curious as to what we will see once your bench is complete. That workmate looks so frustrating.

-- ~Tony

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Mosquito

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#9 posted 02-07-2013 05:27 PM

It can be quite frustrating. There’s been times where I’ve gotten pretty fed up with it and just walked away from what I was doing so nothing got… broken lol The one time I used the workbench in progress to cut a groove with the #45, it was amazing. I’ve got some things on the way pertaining to the workbench, so I will hopefully start making good progress on it again soon.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#10 posted 02-07-2013 07:40 PM

Great video man. That’s was fun to watch. Great display of some skills there Mos. How did you make the hollow for the little chalk tray?

When you get the real bench done woodworking on it is going to feel like such a breeze! Way to overcome the challenges though. How maybe people would have said “I cant because I live in an apartment”! Not you!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 07:45 PM

Nice project Mos, your galootness is through the roof brother. Whatcha gonna do with the workmate once the bench is done? Maybe you and Andy can have a multi-continental simultanious workmate bonfire. Wow, thats a mouthful.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Mosquito

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#12 posted 02-07-2013 07:46 PM

I did say that, for a while, then you lot got me into handplanes and hand tools… And for that, I’m grateful :-)

I really like watching the first part (up until the doing the round overs). I don’t know why, but even though I know what happens, and what it looks like, it’s still fun to watch the saw cuts, and #46 in action lol

For the hollow on the shelf, I used the mortising gauge (Stanley #77, it has pins, not wheels) and used it to deeply mark the width (front to back) of the shelf.. Then I used a marking knife and straight edge to score between those two lines to mark the ends. I used a chisel to start cleaning out one end of it, then got the rest down to depth with the #71.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#13 posted 02-07-2013 07:48 PM

lol ‘Stef, that would be fun :-P I figure I’ll keep it for a while at least. It makes a good “I don’t care” work surface. If you noticed, I have no hesitations when it comes to clamping boards in it to be cut….

That and my current saw vise was built to fit the workmate, not sure if a twin screw would be low enough, but we’ll see when we get there.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#14 posted 02-07-2013 07:54 PM

Yeah, i noticed. Twice i thought “oh crap you’re gonna hit…. oh. Never mind”

-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 02-07-2013 07:57 PM

going to have to make a few bench hooks, I’m sure lol

One bonus doing it that way, is I’ve always got at least part of a backer board behind it, helps a little with tearing the bottom edge

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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