Ronin Woodworking #2: Start cutting wood

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Blog entry by spaids posted 05-29-2009 03:54 PM 1101 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: TSDC The Sawdust Chronicles Desktop Organizer Part 2 of Ronin Woodworking series Part 3: Weekend four.... its lives. »

Weekend three: (pause for dramatic effect….) Wood gets cut!

There up on the top shelf is an old walnut board a friend gave me. Its just been waiting around to be useful someday.

There is also some oak on there that had a project assigned to it when I bought it. I might use some of it for this. The drawer sides and back are going to be oak. You can see some hardwood floor scraps on the bottom right shelf. I might just make the drawer parts from that. Its a very shallow drawer (shallow in dimension that is, as far as its character I can’t say as I haven’t got to know it very well yet) so those scraps would work well. The only reason for not using them is that I really like how easy the hard wood floor scraps attach to my miter gauge as a sacrificial fence.

Here I am with my desktop organizer/ walnut board.

You’re thinking, gees Waid thats a huge board. You can easily make your small project outta that. Well its only about 3/4” and not at all straight. Its cupped bowed twisted checked and has knots. But it looks awesome in this picture doesn’t it.

Now I’m off to the table saw. I put this on my cross cut sled to get some more manageable pieces. Then I rip it down to get rid of a pretty rough edge. Like I said there are checks throughout and I am just pulling out the usable pieces. After ripping a piece about 5 inches wide I have something that fits on my jointer no problem. After jointing and planing (power tools) I put three biscuits in a couple pieces for the first of three “panels”.

While that sets up I get to work on the four corners of the project.

Thats it for weekend three. I think I’m about 6 hours into this now not including any design time. Doesn’t seem like much for 6 hours.

I didn’t get any shots of the panel after glue up. D’oh It did have a glue line that needed a little smoothing. I went at that with a card scraper that made QUICK work of it. I used this opportunity to try Todd A. Clippinger's card sharpening method. It was fast and easy although the finish was not nearly as fine as when I use stones and roll an edge. BUT if you are a guy who is gonna finish up with 220 on an ROS anyway then Todd’s method is THE way to go.

Weekend four: it will start to look like something.


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#1 posted 05-29-2009 04:57 PM

Great work Waid!
Can’t wait to see the final pics. Good luck this weekend!

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#2 posted 05-29-2009 05:34 PM

More at eleven? good start

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#3 posted 05-29-2009 06:40 PM

Yup i agree good start

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#4 posted 05-29-2009 07:11 PM

I’m enjoying this. Seeing someone who knows what they are doing, is fun, prticularly with walnut, which I brutalize often. Also, you are right. If that isn’t top quality lumber in the photo, you had me fooled, but at the same time I think walnut is notorious for knots and warp until it reaches euilibrium. Either that or I bought low grade lumber. Maybe both.

Off topic, but how well has the lumber rack worked? It looks good but I’m curious about the weight it can hold. I’m thinking I might have wasted $ on my triton rack.

I’m looking forward to more in the future!

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#5 posted 05-29-2009 08:40 PM

Hey guys thanks for the kind words. Hockie being referred to as “Seeing someone who knows what they are doing” is a terrific honor for me. I have NO idea what I’m doing and having you indicate that I seemed to have been able to trick you into thinking that I’m not Forest Gumping my way though this makes me feel pretty good.

Now as far as the lumber rack goes I really don’t know its limit. SCARY but it feels so solid that I haven’t worried about it. It made from a single sheet of 3/4 ply. I posted it in my project page and there is a link to the plans there and now here. Its actually 10 plans of some pretty cool projects for your shop. All made from ply. I couldn’t find any kind of weight limit indications in the plans. I’m betting it would run out of room before it ran out of holding power. Actually since my wife’s care is parked under it, I’m betting life that this rack will hold.

A quick note. The plans call for 15 dowels. That is an error. You only need 6.

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