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Laundry hamper #4: Sunday morning slats

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 08-29-2021 04:46 PM 407 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was all about the slats to go in the two doors.

I started by slicing off eight boards from the oak. Turns out making 20” long cuts through 3 inch thick, well-seasoned oak, even with a bandsaw with a resaw blade on it, is a lot like real work. I had to take a break every three cuts and step outside to unmask and dry off.

With those done, I cut each of them into thirds, to give me three slats, all just about an inch wide.

Then I planed the edges and faces smooth with my jack plane set fine-ish, ending with just under an inch wide, but just about ⅜ inch thick. I could’ve used my smoother, but it’s set up for smoothing pine and needs a good sharpening before I’ll get a nice finish in oak with it. I’ve got a new, spare, factory-flat blade for the jack plane, so swapping that in got me ready to go quickest.

Lather, rinse, repeat until I have all six done.

As I guessed, there’s some nice rays showing in my now quarter-sawn oak.

Then do the same with the walnut, though I only get two slats from each board of that. I’m sure I’ll find a use for the scraps

And I suspect that’s going to do it for today. Planing the oak was hard work. If I do head back out to the shop, it’ll probably be to build a jig for cutting the half-laps in the slats. I’ve got an idea of how I’ll do that, so I might try to get that done yet today. We’ll see how things go after I get laundry folded, eat some lunch, and take a nap.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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#1 posted 08-29-2021 05:55 PM

nice progress dave.rockler makes a little jig for making perfect half laps,i bought one a few years ago,still havn’t used it so no review.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 08-29-2021 07:02 PM

That the one that needs a table saw to work, Pottz? I suspect that would make it a touch expensive.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 08-29-2021 09:15 PM

ive got the dado stop kit.both need a tablesaw.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 08-30-2021 01:09 AM

Yeah. Adding the cost of a table saw to the equation would make either of them pretty expensive.

I decided before I started woodworking that a table saw wasn’t in my future. I might buy an RAS at some point if I can’t crosscut things by hand any more, but for now, I can mill things on the bandsaw if I’m in a hurry and then make the shop quiet.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 08-30-2021 01:19 AM



Yeah. Adding the cost of a table saw to the equation would make either of them pretty expensive.

I decided before I started woodworking that a table saw wasn’t in my future. I might buy an RAS at some point if I can’t crosscut things by hand any more, but for now, I can mill things on the bandsaw if I’m in a hurry and then make the shop quiet.

- Dave Polaschek


NO TABLESAW!!!! are you a caveman dave ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 08-30-2021 02:09 AM

Yes. Won’t have one. My sweetie had a contractor table saw we gave away. Wouldn’t even turn the thing on.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 08-30-2021 02:36 AM



Yes. Won’t have one. My sweetie had a contractor table saw we gave away. Wouldn’t even turn the thing on.

- Dave Polaschek


hey i thought i knew you,i gotta take some time and reflect on this bud.this is a game changer!!!!wow,gotta catch my breath!!!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 08-30-2021 03:17 AM

Sounds like a lot of sweat cutting those slats Dave. Better get some cooler air and fans in there. Coming along fine.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 08-30-2021 10:40 AM

Progress look good, great work resawing the slats. As for the half lap joints, how about a router?

-- "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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#10 posted 08-30-2021 11:54 AM

I have a mini-split in the shop, Dave. And it was running. But wearing the respirator and earmuffs means I’m covered up so frequent breaks are a good thing.

Tom, I’m thinking saw and chisel. My router is a Stanley 71. ;-)

Probably I’ll build a little jig so I’ve got something like a depth-stop for the saw cuts and can hold the slat solidly while I chisel out the waste.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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