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Laundry hamper #5: Slats, part 2

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 08-31-2021 05:26 PM 389 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was another short day. I had to dig out a chamisa root before I got started in the shop so I got a late start and was already tired. But I cut a dozen more walnut slats (only 10 survived, due to an internal check in the wood) and a half dozen more oak slats. That should be enough for both doors, and maybe enough to put slats in the bottom of the cabinet, if I decide to do that. Prepping wood with mostly hand tools, I tend to make spares….

Anyway, after ripping them on the bandsaw, it was back to the jack plane. On the walnut it took about four-six passes on each edge with the plane to get them smooth and straight. Then about the same on each of the faces. So 40-some edges and faces, times an average of five passes… that’s a pretty good workout.

Then the oak. Six slats, edges, faces, about 8-10 passes on each, since I have to take thinner shavings in the oak…

Add it all up, and it’s about 500 passes with the 5.5 lb (2.5kg) jack plane. They’re short enough that I’d guess on half of them I was doing it with arms only, and about half I was using my legs a bit. In any case, that’s enough until after lunch and a nap.

I think next up is cutting all the slats to the proper lengths and then tapering the ends and edges of them so they’ll fit into the grooves in the frames.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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pottz

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#1 posted 08-31-2021 05:36 PM

table saw and a jointer dave and youd still be rarin to go !

-- 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 08-31-2021 05:49 PM

But my ears would be ringing and the shop would be full of dust and I’d be crabby. Or I wouldn’t have room to turn around. Besides, it’s not a race; it’s a way of spending my time.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 08-31-2021 05:53 PM

Love that Walnut be safe and have fun.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 08-31-2021 06:38 PM

You hit the nail right on the head: “it’s not a race; it’s a way of spending my time.” I just spent a couple hours in the shop using hand tools, listening to Bob Marley, creating a mud room style bench with shoe storage, rather than setting in front of the TV.
That’s what woodworking is for, along with the great exercise while getting buff.

-- "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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#5 posted 08-31-2021 07:26 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers!

Thanks, Tom! I suspect I won’t ever be buff, but if I keep losing a little weight now and again, rather than putting more on, I’ll consider that a win. Looking forward to seeing the bench!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 08-31-2021 09:58 PM

I want to see some pickies of the root removal please, as for being fit that’s a good gauge, as I found out replacing a fence post in Jul, and …I also enjoyed the afternoon nap!
To hell with the noise!

Don’t forget chamisa is good for dyeing textiles if the partner is into it

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 08-31-2021 11:50 PM

No pictures of the actual digging, but here’s the aftermath. The larger bucket is a 25l.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 09-02-2021 08:39 PM

May not be much but well spent time in the shop. I don’t know about you but part of that chamisa root would be on the lathe to see what becomes of it.

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

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#9 posted 09-02-2021 09:18 PM

Chamisa is NFG for anything, Dave. It’s stringy, and there’s almost no strength holding the strings together. Y’know how they talk about imagining a piece of wood is like a bunch of straws (for figuring how to work with the grain) ? Chamisa is like that, but with nothing holding the straws together but static cling.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 09-03-2021 12:14 AM

Since you put it that way, DUMP it and work on the hamper. LOL.

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

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#11 posted 09-03-2021 01:33 AM

Yeah. It’s at the bottom of the trash can this week, where it can push out all the other yard waste when they dump it I to the truck next Wednesday.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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