|Forum topic by AngieO||posted 98 days ago||1320 views||0 times favorited||25 replies|
98 days ago
Ok. So… I’ve been making this shoji frame (room divider) for my mom. (Thanks to JSB for the plans and video). I had it all ready to stain and finish. My mom and I had discussed what she wanted for the inside panels. BUT… I decided to bring her over and show it to her before I went any further… JUST TO BE SURE. LOL
Here is what I had.
But once she got there she decided she wanted to fill the open panels differently. She is a quilter and she wanted to put a quilt block in each one but wanted to put it in as if each opening was a frame. But… I already put it together. So I wasn’t sure what to do. So what I did… UGH… was the hard way. I got my plunge router that I use for free hand stuff out and a straight bit and a mortising bit out and I played around with making a rabbit. Well… All I can say is THAT SUCKED!
Yesterday I went to the local hardware store that is going out of business. They have entire store for 50% off. So I went and checked out their router bits. Yep… there it was… a 1/2” rabbiting bit with a bearing. I want to say the brand is Vermont something. But I work for a chimney service and I have lots of calls on Vermont Casting stoves today so that could be totally off.
But again.. already assembled. Pocket hole screws. But on the rails I went ahead and made my rabbit. Wow! Much better and cleaner look than what I was doing before with no bearing and free hand. And this was actually the right depth. Much quicker!!!
But I ended up with this.
So when it came time to make my corners square… that’s when my LACK of hand tool skills showed up.
This is the mess I created.
I know I know! But it was my first time. Any advice or tips would help. And of course I did get my file out and attempt to sharpen my file. Never did this before either.
I did however get better. LOL.
I know what I will do next time. But help a girl out and tell me some things that are obvious that I haven’t thought of. LOL
Oh… and I did practice on a scrap piece to mortise my hinges. FAIL Any suggestions on that would help too. I have a mortising bit. And I have a plunge router. But it was horrible.