So the camera battery complained about being empty on Sunday and it got a few hours in the charger, but then come Monday, it said it was flat again. Hmmm. A replacement knockoff has been ebay’d. However, the fabrication of the handles and the glueup got missed. It wasn’t that hard, cut a piece of beech to width so it fits in the end of the box, then make a 1cm deep cross cut in the middle of the piece and chisel out a curve in it, then give up because the piece is too small to work on with the vices I have (I really need a sculptor’s vice sort of thing for a job like that) and cut the curve with the bandsaw and clean up by hand with chisels, small wooden spokeshave and sandpaper, then glue it in place.… Read the rest
So first things first, take the clamps off and see if the hide glue cured…
Not too bad, lots of squeezeout in places but I can deal with that.
Well, bugger. I thought I had that better aligned than that and there’s no real way to fix it now. Feck.
Clean up the squeezeout and smooth the surfaces. Mostly the #04 with a few pieces done by card scraper. Not too bad. Broke the sharp edges as well.
Couldn’t get all the edges with the #04 though, so various other tools made an appearance. And then leveled the legs so it didn’t rock. I don’t like MDF for, well, anything, but it is nice to have a flat surface for this sort of thing and I don’t have room for a granite slab so I do keep a piece or two of MDF handy for this task.… Read the rest
A few hours in the shed today that felt productive (it’s a false positive; it was just that a few end stages happened at the same time). Started off with the final fettling of the carcass for the locker and then smoothed all the interior surfaces and rounded the corners I won’t be able to readily reach after glueup.
20 minutes with #04 and card scraper and we’re ready to glue up.
Prepped an mdf surface to assemble on…
Final dry run…
Okay, looks good, knock it apart and start the glue-up.
Mise en place is as important in woodworking as it is in the kitchen…
And that’s the carcass glued up and left to cure (the back’s not glued on yet).
Then it was time to fix the bandsaw.… Read the rest