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Blog series by Mainiac Matt updated 02-11-2019 12:48 AM 4 parts 2542 reads 36 comments total

Part 1: And so it begins

01-28-2019 09:08 PM by Mainiac Matt | 23 comments »

One of my main goals in setting up a home woodshop has been to make heirloom quality furniture in the Mission and Arts & Crafts motifs. And after two hope chests, three sets of speakers and a platform bed, I’m finally ready to dive into my first real furniture piece, a Morris chair. After reviewing most of the plans out there, I decided that I liked the Wood Magazine plan best. After much clean up and organization to reclaim the horizontal surfaces of the shop from junk col...

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Part 2: bending jig my way

02-08-2019 09:20 PM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

The Wood Mag. plan makes the bent arms by laminating thin strips together while bending them over a form. If you buy the paper copy of the plans, you get a full size template, but if you download them, you get a sheet that details the geometry. The dimensioining is pretty good, but this type of faired curve is very difficult to layout and match exactly. (O.K., if your not anal retentive like me, you can just swag a curve, cut it on the band saw and call it good enough). For o...

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Part 3: Mortises cut in legs

02-09-2019 09:19 PM by Mainiac Matt | 2 comments »

This will only be the second time that I’ve used the old Delta chisel morticer I bought 2nd hand long ago. The last time I was cutting Mahogony and it cut like butter. It’s been well over a year since then and this time I’m cutting White Oak so I didn’t know what to expect. I had bought the cone shaped diamond hones to sharpen the chisels and they are still really sharp, but I did touch up the boring bit tips with an India slip stone. I have the machine set up with an X-Y vise and moun...

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Part 4: Cleaned up mortices and chamfered feet

02-11-2019 12:48 AM by Mainiac Matt | 8 comments »

Made a sanding block by attaching 80 grit sand paper to a 3/8” thick Aluminum block and used it to smooth up the side walls of the through mortises. Before After Set up for chamfers And with that the legs are done Now to prep stock for the side frame rails. I’m trying out a new blade for the first time. No burns and a smooth clean cut. I think it’s a keeper. You know the drill… jointer, jointer, TS, planer, TS Ready to cut some...

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