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Blog series by BlueRidgeDog updated 06-01-2020 01:15 AM 8 parts 5273 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Just about done with chips.

04-06-2020 12:15 AM by BlueRidgeDog | 1 comment »

The first part of this blog was not attached to the subject…don’t know why…it is here: I got all the parts to final dimension with a few exceptions. All tenons were cut and the small mortises in the rails. With the lattice tenons cut and the rail mortises, I could mock up what a side will look like: Very much liking the look. Next is mortises in the legs, dado for lower and middle shelf, glue up, to...

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Part 2: Approaching glue

04-07-2020 02:13 AM by BlueRidgeDog | 0 comments »

So here are the steps taken to get to the glue up portion for the rails and lattices. This video includes 50% less viewer pain the first! Thanks for all the suggestions, though some of this was filmed prior to those helpful folks giving me good ideas and insight. There comes a point in each project when bulk wood starts to take shape. I love that moment when you do you first dry fit or rough assembly. Lots of work ahead, but it give you energy and motivation to press on. Just to r...

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Part 3: Sides Dry Fit

04-19-2020 06:23 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 0 comments »

So after 88 mortise and tenon joints, the sides are dry fit. The lattice/rail combos are finish sanded and glued, so I will finish sand/scrape the legs then glue them up. Next are the mortises for the arches and a stop dado in the bottom and center for the fixed shelves. Other home chores cost me some time, but they wait patiently. Left stack are the best grained sections, right are the ones with blemishes. At this point the hardest part is done!

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Part 4: First Dry Fit of Case

04-27-2020 12:12 AM by BlueRidgeDog | 1 comment »

I cut the mortises for arches and the dados for the shelves. Sides were scraped, finish sanded and drilled for shelf pins. Fixed shelves were cut to finished length and I had a chance to do the first dry fit. Arch tenons need some tweaking (1/32 gap between them and the shelf). Shelf dados need to be about 1/32 wider as they are tight! Need to scrap and sand the shelves, then I can clue up the carcass and move on to the top, movable shelves and the corbels.

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Part 5: Glue Up Done

05-04-2020 11:45 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 1 comment »

After scrapping what seemed line 100 yards of wood, the glue up was uneventful. So far I am liking the design. Strong, rigid and full of light. The steps to get this far are in the video (part 3). Lots of detail, so be prepared for boredom…but viewer pain is reduced an additional 30% with this release!

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Part 6: Done cutting wood, time for finish

05-10-2020 11:20 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

Well, dispite the cold I spent some time getting these ready for finish. Tops are on (one still needs the dowels cut), shelves are cut and fitted and have relife notches under them so the pins sit in a cutout. Time to finish scrape and sand the shelves, double check for any glue I missed and put the finish on. Django says hello and he likes being in the shop.

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Part 7: First Stained

05-17-2020 01:54 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 2 comments »

So, one is being finished to match several existing pieces and that is the one with the blemishes or as my furniture guy calls “character”. One coat of minwax pecan. Most folks think it is crazy, but stain is just color so don’t let the word pecan spook you. It is a simple way to get a very traditional look on white oak. I will follow this up with three or four coats of Osmo. The second one will get a alcohol based trans tint stain, then a sealer and a gel ove...

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Part 8: Done

06-01-2020 01:15 AM by BlueRidgeDog | 1 comment »

With some setback due to the flooding here in Virginia, I was finally able to finish. It is really impossible to photograph furniture in the shop, but some closeups will give the finish away. I love the four step stain/glaze process. Though the one I am keeping matches the pieces it will be placed with: The final video in the series is done, the finishing steps are covered in detail: Flooding, pushing it to the pump:

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