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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 11-14-2014 08:33 PM 3741 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Mkay. So I suited up to spend some time in my shop – trying to get the workbench pieces finished so I can carry inside for downstairs assembly – or even better – get it all assembled and move it inside :D So I completed the dog hole routing the other day, and moved onto cutting the notches. I was able to get the notches cut in J,K.L,M,N the first round -

Apparently the tape measure 1 1/4 is different from the combination square’s 1 1/4

I adjusted the blade height for the rest of the cuts to make sure it was more towards the 1 1/4 mark and continued on. I cleaned them out with a chisel as best as I could see, but I wish they would’ve come out a bit cleaner – That probably should’ve been my first sign something wasn’t going quite to plan – buuut it didn’t .

So I finished those up and set them aside. I grabbed pieces O,Q,R, and both S’s to put the end notches in at least the longer pieces. I was getting a bit frustrated with the Irwin blade I have on the circular saw (kinda funny since I just bought it and might have 20 cuts in with it, but it was burning and just being ornery) so I switched it back out for the dewalt blade I had in.

notched the ends, and took them apart to start laying out the separate notches and noticed this from the previous blade:

debating on how to fix since I’m betting they may all be like this. Don’t exactly want to make them any deeper either since they’re already a tad deep. thoughts/ideas?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.



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CFrye

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#1 posted 11-14-2014 09:25 PM

I’ll be watching for answers as I got nuthin’ on a fix for you. I will say pick one measuring device and use it ONLY for the entire project! A tidbit I picked up on the site. (Did you have the new blade in correctly?) Keep on pluggin’ away!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 11-14-2014 09:33 PM

Yeah – I’ve been mainly using the tape measure but for some reason I picked up the combination square that time. As far as I know I did – It was funny since it was a plywood blade but it really was resisting on some of those through cuts – maybe it was just dull? I wouldn’tve thought so for such a new blade but shrug I was thinking about taking it to the table saw and shaving it there – I could keep at it with the chisel and get it decently smooth – they all fit width wise – but with the notches I have left to cut – I’d be at it with a chisel forever. Would I be ok as long as they are all the same depth? So instead of being at 1 1/4 they’re all at 1 1/8 Mr. P? Hmmmmm…. I may just have to go try that on some scraps!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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rhybeka

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#3 posted 11-15-2014 01:24 AM

no dice – and time consuming! I left it alone for now – took some pics of the J/K/L/M/N pieces – and I don’t think they were as bad as the second set for some reason – that or I just didn’t look close enough. I’m thinking I could probably try taking a jigsaw blade to smooth them out possibly.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 11-15-2014 04:57 AM

The bottoms of these notches aren’t very important as long as the go at least half way through the piece. Their purpose is alignment and the more important fit is that they are a snug fit on the interlocking piece (ie: the crossing plywood isn’t too sloppy. if they are sloppy, still no problem because you can slip a little shim in. As long as the crossing pieces don’t bottom out before the edges that the top and bottom fit on come flush (does that make sense?) you are fine. This is a forgiving build. You will have to try a lot harder than this to screw it up. ...... :-)

Have fun

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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rhybeka

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#5 posted 11-15-2014 02:14 PM

LOL don’t give me incentive to try, Mr. P :P I’m already working on trying to not be a perfectionist :D In that case, my notches are good – they are a tight fit on the sides – so I can continue forward with the Q,R,S, and O pieces. hopefully with the blade change they will work out better!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#6 posted 11-15-2014 02:23 PM

Great – as long as they are deep enough. Too deep is OK but they have to be deep enough.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#7 posted 11-15-2014 03:12 PM

I’d rather have to cut them deeper than have them too deep :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#8 posted 11-15-2014 11:23 PM

Quality wood filler, let fry, use backer and recut

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 11-16-2014 11:38 AM

thanks Norm!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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