So the last try to make a straight line cutter for stringing didn’t work so well, the fence mortice was too sloppy. So today I cut a new one. Simple process; pick a scrap of wood from the bin (in this case a piece of walnut because I’m not averse to cheating when it comes to mortices 😀 ). I’ll reuse the beam so I mark off a line on the fence with a square, drop one edge of the beam into it and then mark the width off on the fence and carry the line around with a square; mark top and bottom of the beam with a wheel gauge using the same reference face you used for the square, and that gives you the outline of the beam on the front and back of the fence and aligned.… Read the rest
I only just finished digging that sodding thing out!
And I’ve not been getting much done in there thanks to subzero temperatures and public transport making the work commute into anything up to a six-hour-a-day nightmare (yes, a foot of snow won’t slow down Canada, but Canada spends more on their snow clearing hardware and people than we spend on Varadkar’s
Strategic Communications Spin Unit…).… Read the rest
Last stretch now. Start off by cleaning up from the glue-up last night. Trim the pegs with a flush-cut saw and run a chisel over the surface until it passes the fingerprint test. Use the plastic razor blades to get any glue squeeze-out I missed last night.
Those things are remarkably useful for this by the way, particularly in hard-to-get-at spots.
Gets right in there, doesn’t mar the surface at all.… Read the rest
So the last part of the build is the lid. Though if I had to do this over, I think I’d start with the lid, or at least with prepping its parts because that can set the dimensions of the rest of the parts (but in this case, I had a preset idea for what the contents of the chest would be so that dictated everything). I had a nice piece of oak for the lid but it wasn’t wide enough to act as a single-piece lid (since the lid’s not an inset door, you can do the one-piece bit if it’s not likely to warp – so quartersawn or riven stuff).… Read the rest
So I had a 2330h callout last night after finishing in the shed and got to bed around 0100h; and then had another callout at 0430h that wrapped at 0530h and then went into work about 40 minutes later than usual because the last remaining scrap of the morning routine was blown out of the water when junior came down with a temperature (he’s caught the cold Claire and I have had for the last week).… Read the rest
Getting close now. Started today by cleaning up the inlaid peg in the front rail.
I’ll just trim down the front side while I think about what to do with it, since it’s a central decorative feature.
And now on to the main job, the panels. The panels were mostly flat and close to size already so it was mostly detail work and fettling and finishing.
Doesn’t look terrible.… Read the rest
Started off the day with the noisier tasks to get them out of the way…
There’s not a lot of art here. Rive the stick to about the diameter you want, pound it through the hole with the big hammer several times, move on to smaller hole until desired size reached, sharpen slightly, continue on. And it’s noisy, so ear defenders. But, keep going and you finally have all you need minus one (because the universe hates you, there will always be a need for one more than you have).… Read the rest
Quite a bit of time in the shed today, so made some progress (there being a nearby deadline, this is a good thing). Started by cutting a side rail’s tenons, then marking off the other side rails from it (same as for the long rails).
I wanted to keep using the offset shoulder idea, but rather than gauging it by eye, which I can’t do yet, or sawing on one or the other side of the line, which I also have trouble doing, I decided to just mark out the shoulders and cut to the line.… Read the rest
Started off with a quick check of something for Ralph who’d had a minor mishap over on Accidental Woodworker with his #044.
Ouch. Cast part weakness strikes again 🙁
For Ralph, my #044’s rods are square to the fence to within 0.05mm (my thinnest feeler gauge):
And square to the skate to the same tolerance:
And there are gaps around the rod in the fence holes.… Read the rest
Nocturne because all day today I was Chopin’, see?
Yeah, well. It was funny in my head.
Anyway, today was mortice day.
That’s my normal way of cutting mortices. The piece is over (or close to) the vice leg (which is thicker than the other workbench legs for just this kind of reason), rather than held in the vice because that way you don’t have to crank on the vice until the steel creaks so your piece doesn’t slip while you’re wailing on it.… Read the rest