Laundry hamper #3: Slats and frame pieces for another door

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 08-28-2021 07:28 PM 516 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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No pictures today, but I made pretty good progress.

First up, I used the bandsaw to cut the ash pieces for the frame of the second door. My chunk of 4/4 ash board had a knot in it, which I craftily placed near the 15” mark on the shorter (side) pieces, and if I cut the miter the right direction (or rather, if I put the grooves in the stick the right way), the knot will be in the waste. With those cut, I put in the bead first, then beveled the inner edge, since I had those planes set up and ready to go. The planing cuts for those are opposite directions, so one of the two will get some tear out, but it’s easier to deal with tear out on the bevel, so I oriented the grain that way. I’ll cut the groove for the slats tomorrow.

Next I fired up the bandsaw and used my resaw fence to cut a dozen 3/8” thick slices off the edge of a chunk of 11/4 walnut (pretty sure I paid for 12/4, but it isn’t that thick – then again, I’m pretty sure I only paid for 8 feet of the 10 foot board because of a knot I just avoided with only a couple inches wasted by making the slats 12” long). With the kerf, that used up almost 6” of the 9” wide board, so I’ve got a slightly under 3” square by 12” long turning blank, maybe. Or maybe four 12” long 1½” diameter legs or something.

I also broke the bandsaw blade after the third slice, so I stopped to change the blade and clean out the bandsaw. Unwrapping the blade was only a three-bandaid job this time, so maybe I’m getting better?

Anyway, cutting the walnut this way meant my flat-sawn board got turned into smaller quartersawn boards. Not a huge deal with the walnut, but when I cut the oak tomorrow, I should see some good ray flecks.

I guess there is one picture. That’s my resaw fence for the bandsaw. If everything is aligned perfectly, it’ll give me a ⅜” thick slice. As life is seldom perfect, my slices vary down to 11/32, with one that’s 5/16 on its thinner edge. I’ll aim to get two 5/16×1x12½ slats from each slice after I plane them flat, so they’ll need a tiny bit of taper on the ends to fit into the ¼ grooves in the frame. But they’ll have enough thickness that where I overlap them with half-laps, I won’t be cutting through too much of the slat.

This evening I set up the combination plane for a ¼” groove for the inside edges of today’s sticks.

Tomorrow I can hopefully saw the oak slats out of my 10/4×10 piece of flat-sawn oak (there’s a knot about 20” from one end, and I need 18½ long slats, so I should be in the clear), and start flattening and squaring them up.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 08-29-2021 05:47 AM

Garden gloves or M/C gloves Dave plus helmet too (sometimes)

Plus have you mastered the process to fold them back up again?

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 08-29-2021 10:41 AM

“Unwrapping the blade was only a three-bandaid job this time, ” – It wouldn’t be a day in the shop for me if I didn’t need to apply a bandaid, the last three projects I worked on each have my DNA embedded in them somewhere.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 08-29-2021 11:28 AM

Rob, I have gloves, but I was in a hurry, so didn’t put them on. What’s the worst that could happen? The only time a bandsaw blade has come off is broken, so I’ve never needed to fold one back up.

Tom, I’ve been getting better with all the hand tools. Keeping them sharper means fewer cuts for me. I think I’ve had more cuts from sharp arrises on ash lately than from the tools. At least until yesterday’s blade change.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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