Laundry hamper #11: Second door and stock prep for the carcasse

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 05-19-2022 04:45 PM 973 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: First door: Gluing it up Part 11 of Laundry hamper series Part 12: Second door finished, more stock prep »

Been a while since I worked on this, and the pile of slats I had set aside for the second door took a beating while they were laying on the corner of the bench. I ended up needing to recut all of the oak slats in order to be able to assemble the second door, but that went more smoothly as I have better tools for the job.

The dados in the slats got cut on a table saw this time around. And the mitered half-laps on the door frame pieces got cut at the miter box. Much easier to get everything square that way.

But because the slats had been cut months ago, the walnut ones were all a hair short (maybe an eighth) which meant they didn’t sit nicely in the groove in the frame. So I cut some rock-maple scraps I had into 1/8×3/8 strips using my bandsaw, and glued them to the inside of the frame. That will give the slats some extra support. And that glue-up is the most clamps I’ve ever used on a single piece to date.

With that done, it was time to start prepping the stock for the carcasse. I had two 4/4 ash boards, one 6¼” wide and one 7⅜” wide, both 6 feet long. My cut list tells me I need 4 48” long 1×5/4 legs, 6 22½” 1×1 pieces, and 6 30” 1×1 pieces. First I cut the board with the straighter grain into a 4 foot length and a 2 foot length, using my miter box. I was glad I had made it so it was the same height as my bench, and a couple sawhorses and some pine scraps made a table for the other side of the saw.

Then I cut the 2 foot length down to 22½ inches, and set up my bandsaw to rip 5/4 pieces off the boards. As both boards were nearly flat-sawn, this gives me quarter-sawn pieces if I orient them correctly.

Then I cut a 30 inch length from the wider board, and ripped it into 6 1⅛”x1” pieces. I’ll aim to keep them as close to 1” square after planing them smooth.

That was enough for this morning. Next session I’ll get busy with a hand-plane and make some nice stock to work with.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-19-2022 07:03 PM

Nice work Dave, and yet once again someone has proven the old adage to be true: You can NEVER have enough clamps!

-- "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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#2 posted 05-19-2022 07:17 PM

Nothing like sharing your dirty laundry with us Dave but it’s enjoyable. Better get it done soon or you will have a room filled with dirty clothes. LOL. Shame those slats shrunk but that’s for another project.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 05-19-2022 07:42 PM

Yeah, Tom. I ordered another 8 clamps (the 4¾” QuickLocks) today, so maybe I’ll at least have enough!

Thanks, Dave! Some seem to have shrunk, others got snapped, and there were two that I just plain cut wrong because I didn’t remember how to use the jig I build almost a year ago. Oh well. Since I’m cutting them from a 12/4×8+” board, and I only need them to be 1/4 thick, I can cut a 1/4” slice off the edge of the board and get three slats from it.

As for getting it done, I got a couple pointed questions about that and the fireplace screen I was supposed to have done last winter, so I figure I oughta get at it one of these days.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 05-20-2022 12:45 AM

Looking good Dave, that a lot of clamps to get in place. I like the weave on those panels.

Sounds like you are being bad there, putting off the sweeties request. You may have to make it up to her. Lol.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 05-20-2022 01:54 AM

Well, the cholla / epoxy bowls take a lot of time, so things have gotten stacked up, Eric. She understands that, but now that I’ve decided to drop out of the studio tour this fall, we decided I’m going to try and alternate “arty” projects with things for around the house. Which means that finishing this one has to happen before I get to start playing with the Ringmaster I ordered back in March.

The weave on the panels definitely looks neat, but it’s enough of a pain that I probably won’t do it again. Though there is a 60° angled pattern I’d like to try at some point…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 05-20-2022 11:23 AM

So, you’ve been collared and put back to work.

Fancy little brass bar clamps there :)

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#7 posted 05-20-2022 12:00 PM

Yeah, Mike. Mind, the house projects are things I want to do, too. I’ve made all the lists of projects, it’s just that I’ve gotten a little help focusing, perhaps?

The little brass clamps are ones that MaFe showed off in a project he did, and I figured they’d come in handy for some small project one of these days. I’ve used them on a bunch of little boxes.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 05-20-2022 02:15 PM

Like the weave Dave, also looking forward to see where you go with your RingMaster…...

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#9 posted 05-20-2022 07:08 PM

Thanks, Dave! Haven’t even unboxed it yet, so it’ll be a while, if I know what’s good for me. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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