So asking on UKworkshop about that clamping problem I was thinking about with the shelf/desk project led to the conclusion that housing joints won’t work and tapered sliding dovetail joints are the better choice. That will probably mean some router work because of the precision needed – I could probably make a tapered dovetail joint that wouldn’t pull out, but one that would be precise enough to maintain the shelves against racking would be beyond me.… Read the rest
Well, that empty In Progress… list lasted a while, didn’t it?
Though I actually went back through my notebook…
…and every project in there bar this one is marked as Done or (in one or two cases) marked as Won’t Do, What Was I Thinking. This one will be a small bookshelf for Calum. Well, small to you and me, but not to him. The idea is this will have his books and toys and assorted child-related detritus now (he’s six and between kindergarten and vorschule so just learning to read and write at the moment) and we figure he really won’t have “homework” in the traditional I-need-a-proper-desk-and-I-still-don’t-want-to-do-it sense until he’s nine or ten, so off to the internet I go and I grab the UK90 based growth rate charts for boys aged 2 to 18, and find Calum’s centrile, so now I have his current height and his predicted height until he’s nine (it’s not that accurate, they change centriles faster than they change their socks if you don’t tell them to, but it’s better than pulling a number completely out of thin air.… Read the rest
So no major new projects taken on yet, I’ve been tidying away some new toys and getting the shed back to a working state instead. For example…
I now have two pairs of hollows and rounds (4’s and 6’s) as well as a 7 hollow, the reeding plane and a spare 6 hollow. According to Mouldings in Practice that’s all I need to start off with for the scale of stuff I build.… Read the rest
Couple of days out of the shed, mostly spent lying down and paying attention to all the little muscle cells as they turned to me and said “what the feck was all that then?”. Today though was bin day so back out to the shed and spent a half-hour cleaning up all the shavings and using the shop vac to tackle the sawdust.
After:And then, having made a clean spot, went and tidied the small section behind the tumbledrier there where I usually wind up standing wishing I’d cleaned that part of the shed.… Read the rest
Next year, we’re rescheduling christmas. End of discussion.
This year, Christmas Eve started with a quick run to woodies for small brass hinges. Then to the shed and…
Awkward planing setup needed to plane the outside of the carcass (the inside was planed before glue-up). I know it doesn’t look too awkward, but that’s because we need to zoom out a little and let you see where you’re standing when working…
The spot is that one there behind that small green case on the floor, between the bench and the tumbledrier but not past the leg of the bench because there’s a lot of small boards there that didn’t go in the main wood store.… Read the rest
Seriously, who timed this christmas lark? It’s supposed to be January 6 for feck’s sakes…
Getting better at these. Only three of the four joints look like a blind boy scout attacked them with a dull beaver…
But they go together…
And the carcass is square. Grand. Only sixty more steps to go. Hide glue, btw. Set aside to cure for most of the day.… Read the rest
What idiot scheduled this christmas lark? Gah.
Started with some bandsaw time. Ripped the bottom part of the cupboard to width and set that to one side, then took all the bandsaw box blanks and cut those. By the time I was done, it was time to pick up junior from his last day of school for the year. Then it was time to sand…
Only 80 grit so the dust wasn’t so bad and that’s the bulk of both the bandsaw mark removal and the initial shaping done.… Read the rest
Shortest day of the year so least work done. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Started off with presents – some arrived yesterday but I couldn’t get to them and some arrived this morning, so yay!
Not Moore&Wright, but cheap and cheerful. I’m trying to cure myself of my combi-phobia. Is Moore&Wright. Offset calipers for scribing lines parallel to an edge.… Read the rest
So, I’ll start with the end of something. Made as a gift for a friend of Claire’s:
Walnut offcut from the cot, some brass and pewter hardware and felt and viola, a small necklace box. Or key box I suppose. Didn’t come out too badly.
Then it was time to start pushing.
The problem with making a lot of rough-cut component parts is that then you have to turn them into planed non-rough component parts.… Read the rest
I figure, with six projects sitting in component form in the staging area of the shed, best get to work making even more components for a seventh project. Because Reasons.
Anyway, the first video I ever saw by Richard Maguire was about building a small wall cupboard (in a sort-of, kind-of, if-you-squint shaker style probably best described as “`English colloquial” 😀 ):
I’ve wanted to build this for a while.… Read the rest