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Blog entry by AKSteve posted 06-04-2012 06:15 AM 1829 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I cut the mortises today, I used a Drill and a coping saw to cut the mortises out, I like to the work by hand, it doesn’t come out perfect but the imperfections are hardley noticiable to others although I can spot the glaringly obvious tool marks or rough cuts, and to some they feel it adds character to the piece, I can liive with that but I know I will always have a need to improve. Any who, over the next few days I will be finishing this up. I had to go buy Brass Screws to put in the braces, 12 in all and at 98 cents a screw, and a counter sink, (Sometimes I just dont understand why some of there products are so much more expensive a sears vs Lowes vs homedepot but I digress)

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 06:58 AM

that’s one nice looking table steve
and you should be proud its done by hand

seems that since you can see russia from there
china would be allot closer
and things would be cheaper
but for the price of a loaf of bread there
i guess a dollar a screw is relative

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 11:06 AM

Very nice!

I’ll bet your sawing is better than mine!


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#3 posted 06-04-2012 01:02 PM

Great looking table and so is the craftsmanship.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 01:16 PM

looks great. really like those floating tables.

I think most people prefer power tools over hand tools just because they’ve never tried it before – I’m like you, if I can do something with handtools, that’s the method I’d go for – so much more pleasing to work that way.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 06-04-2012 03:22 PM

Yeah Patron you would think it would be, but everything has to come from the lower 48. tonight I am going to keep on with the sanding and cut the keys and start assembly. that photo above is just a dry fit. funny when I do it by hand (the Mortise and Tenon joints) they always seem so much tighter that a Machined one.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#6 posted 06-09-2012 01:20 AM

Update today, Not very good at all, I have been sick all week and still tried to work on the bench and I really messed it. All of my braces kept cracking My Mortises are way too tight I really don’t want to file them out more because I don’t want it to be too loose which would totally suck! I had to buy an additional 13 feet of Maple today, I am such an idiot some times, I just don’t want to give up, I have to make it look right or not at all. this is such a hard challange for me, but I am not going to let it kick me in the Ass. I can do anthing with my Hands I have made 747-400s for crying out loud. I have built Jet engines in the Navy, not only that I am very artistic. I do really well in pen and ink and water colors, I need to beat this Challenge. Sorry if anybody reads this I just need to rant. :( now I am just going to rest because I going to be the Day I win. and if not there is always sunday.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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