serpentine bow front desk #2: lots of progress

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 07-19-2009 06:40 PM 1441 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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alright i was away for the weekend and unable to post on my progress but i have to get everyone all caught up now. A lot of progress has happened.

Alright so first i milled up my legs. The legs are 1 3/4” square with a 1” taper and 4” mortises in each of them. i made the mortises with my router and they came out very nice.

then i started to work on the aprons. the small aprons are simple and i have them all done. nto glued yet but all fit

now the front apron is where the hard part lies. it is bowed and it is a very wierd but cool curve so i had to take a lot of precaution with it. first i milled up all of my little veneer pieces to a little under 1/8” do i had 9 of them and bent laminated them to the curve. this was a difficult glue up but im really happy with how it came out.

then once it was out i smoothed it all with a scraper and proceeded to cut the drawer fronts out of it. i used my bandsaw along with the caul that i used to glue it up. then i glued all of the pieces together to get my front apron. this was a difficult glue up also because everything need to be perfectly in line. but im satisfied with it.

i dont have any new pictures but right now it is out of the clamps and it looks great. today i am hoping to finish assembling the desk and get ready to install the drawer frames as well as dovetail the drawers. i also got my shipment from and now my chisels are razor sharp

im gonna need them this way to hand cut the dovetails in the drawers. really excited about those

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#1 posted 07-19-2009 06:42 PM

looking good teenage.

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#2 posted 07-19-2009 06:57 PM

Yes looking great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 07-19-2009 07:26 PM

Denis, this is looking pretty good and this is certainly going to be an interesting project to follow.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 07-19-2009 10:01 PM

Great Work, Denis!!

Looks like quite a nice sharpening setup.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 07-19-2009 10:22 PM

yep lew. i got the wet grinder and stones up to 12000… very sharp stuff

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#6 posted 07-19-2009 11:44 PM

nice progress Denis!

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#7 posted 07-19-2009 11:48 PM

Hi Denis;

Great progress! And your all set to keep everything very sharp.

Looking good.


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#8 posted 07-20-2009 02:46 AM

Great progress, Denis.

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#9 posted 07-20-2009 04:46 AM

Wise beyond your years…

Keep up the great work!

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#10 posted 07-20-2009 06:45 PM

great write-up…looks like you are enjoying the process…

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#11 posted 07-22-2009 02:11 AM

yep Brian the challenges are what keep me honest. personally i like to be doing different things because its fun. the curved front especially like this is a bear. i need to cut crazy dovetails, the drawer frames need to follow the curve like you said the side lengths are different. and also cutting the tenons on this thing was a bear!!!!

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 06:53 AM


Why get the stones and grinder if you have the Worksharp? I have the 3000 and seems to get my chisels plenty sharp – polished cut on soft pine end grain, but I’ve also wondered about the benefit of the stones over the Worksharp system. Nice work on the bow front desk!

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 03:05 PM

NoChatter i got the stones and grinder for a few reasons. the first is that its more economical. The stones and grinder will last me for years before i have to replace anything but water while the worksharp needs new paper pretty often especially if you have lots of tools to sharpen. Also for bevel up tools it only reaches the 35 degree angle and i can’ reach the 50 i would like to. and on my larger blades i can’t sharpen them without an attachment and i figured it just wasnt worth it and got the stones. dont get my wrong The worksharp is a great system and i still use it often for odd blades and the like but for my i don’t think its the right system.

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