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Laundry hamper #12: Second door finished, more stock prep

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 05-22-2022 06:35 PM 973 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Second door and stock prep for the carcasse Part 12 of Laundry hamper series Part 13: Top prep and more legs »

I sanded off the glue squeeze-out from my inserts and got a coat of BLO on the second door this morning. Found a handy hook to hang it on while it dries.

The it was time to work more on the frame pieces for the carcasse.

I’m really liking the transitional I got in the HPOYD Secret Santa. It’s a lot lighter than my LN #5, which means I don’t mind taking a lighter cut and having to make a few extra passes. But after just a short time working, it started catching shavings between the blade and the chip-breaker, so it was time for a sharpening.

First I tuned up the leading edge of the chip-breaker. It wasn’t as smooth as it could be on the back, so I smoothed that with a slip. Then I straightened the front edge that rests against the blade. It’s better, but not yet perfect.

Then it was time to sharpen the blade. After a few passes on my stone, I noticed this pattern on the blade.

It’s sharpening the edges, but not the middle. Bother. My stone is dished.

Well, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, so I turned the blade 90 degrees and ran it back and forth along the high sides of the stone. Didn’t get it flattened, but it’s less dished than it was, and I quickly got the double-bevel on the blade turned into a single bevel. Then onto the finer stone. It’s a little dished too, so I kept sharpening the blade cross-wise, so I didn’t make a (more) cambered blade.

Popped that back in the plane, spent a little while fiddling with it (first try I had the chip-breaker set too close to the edge), and then started getting nice shavings either direction on the ash, which is good enough to work with.

But rather than getting a bunch of stock prepped, I only got three of the four uprights done this morning. Oh well. Guess I’ll have to head back to the shop later.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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Eric

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#1 posted 05-22-2022 08:11 PM

That door panel looks good Dave. I might have missed it, but did you install the woven slats within a grove? Just thinking for strength, then a pin nail to keep them from shifting.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 05-22-2022 09:35 PM

Door 1 had the slats installed in a groove. Door 2 had the oak slats installed in a groove, but the walnut slats were about 1/8” too short, so I applied the maple inserts to hold everything in place. The door slats shouldn’t ever have much weight on them (though a laundry basket will likely be supported by the door going in or out, it will mostly be supported by the door frame), so I think it’ll be strong enough. If not, I can always rebuild.

As for shifting, because the slats have dados in them where they’re woven, they shouldn’t move around much. No nails in the project at all.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 05-22-2022 09:52 PM

looks great 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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#4 posted 05-22-2022 10:32 PM

I sympathize regarding the dished sharpening stone, which requires you flatten the sharpening stone before you can sharpen a tool & get back to work.
To avoid this, I’ve mostly used sandpaper for sharpening, on a ceramic tile from the big box store. This has worked pretty good for me, but recently I viewed Stumpy Nubs when he recommended a set of inexpensive diamond plates. They are thin, so they need to be on a flat surface, like my ceramic tile, but they’re also good for hand held situations when sharpening something like an axe, or any edge you hold still and run the plate across it.
If interested, I got mine at: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=diamond%20sharpening%20plate&i=aps&ref=nb_sb_ss_mission-aware-v1_4_19&crid=1L8U5YD7QBQZ2&sprefix=Diamond%20sharpening%20%2Caps%2C124

Most under $20, they seem to be doing pretty good for my use, maybe give them a shot.

Happy woodworking.

-- "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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#5 posted 05-23-2022 01:51 AM

Thanks, Pottz.

Yeah, Tom. I like stones, though. I have an old school hard Arkansas stone that’s pretty curvy, a set of japanese water stones (which aren’t dished) and some friable hones from Razor Edge Systems that I really like because they can be used dry, but are dished, so I guess it’s time to get a diamond plate I can use to flatten stones. But I also sharpen plane blades with a NanoHone Sharp Skate which I used to slide the plane blade down the long edge of a dished stone and still get decent results today, so I can put off flattening for another day.

But I’m told a cheap diamond plate is just the thing for flattening stones, so I’ll check out the ones you recommended. They’re a fair whack cheaper than the NanoHone lapping plate I’ve been eyeing.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 05-23-2022 01:06 PM

I have a project like this that I keep picking at every once in awhile since I’m experimenting with it. Plus they make a good fill in and give me time to make changes as I go along. This seems so familiar. Keep at it Dave.

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

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#7 posted 05-23-2022 02:39 PM

Well, I think this one will be front and center for a while, Dave. I’ve had parts for it cluttering up my bench for too long, and my dirty clothes just sitting in plain view in a laundry basket, which bugs my sweetie every time we have company.

Plus I think I’ve figured out the top, and I have an idea for the sides I want to think about a little more before I start cutting, but describing it last night got me a design approval.

But I’ve also taken to building little boxes in prep for the 70-some drawers I’m going to need to make for the hardware cabinet I want to build for the shop, so drawers will probably be my “fill in project” for a while. Some as small as a 1” square front by 3” deep.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Eric

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#8 posted 05-23-2022 02:44 PM

That’s going to be a lot of drawers. Be interesting to follow along.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 05-23-2022 05:37 PM

Yeah, I’ll blog that at some point, but probably not every day. Going to be a lot of drawers, but I’m getting pretty good at boxes.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 05-23-2022 07:18 PM

I got some of those cheap diamond stones last year, originally to flatten an oilstone that had dished.

Decided to try using them for sharpening and haven’t used any other stones since for plane irons – just the plates and a strop. Quick and easy to freehand on, and cheap enough to get on a whim and have a play with.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 05-23-2022 07:27 PM

Well, I ordered one of them to flatten my stones and/or use for sharpening. We’ll see how it goes.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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