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Blog series by Dave Polaschek updated 09-08-2021 04:27 PM 10 parts 5650 reads 139 comments total

Part 1: Introduction and doors

08-26-2021 08:51 PM by Dave Polaschek | 38 comments »

I want to build a laundry hamper for the bedroom. I figure it’ll be frame and panel construction, with doors with a lattice in them so the stinky clothes can breathe a little. And I want to build it around my existing plastic laundry baskets, which are just the right size for our washer and dryer. So I made a sketch (four squares to a foot for the bigger drawings, so each square is three inches, four squares to an inch for the profile of the sticks). The lower left shows the side view, the...

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Part 2: Beads

08-27-2021 04:56 PM by Dave Polaschek | 14 comments »

Not a lot of progress today. I cut beads on the frame pieces for the door using the combination plane. Spent most of the morning fixing my sticking board so it could handle me beading ash. But I got the first stick done and am happy with it. The next three went pretty quickly after that. With those four done, I think I’ll smooth and cut the pieces for the second door next, while I still have the same beading setup in my combination plane. Guess I may need to get a second one if ...

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Part 3: Slats and frame pieces for another door

08-28-2021 07:28 PM by Dave Polaschek | 3 comments »

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...

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Part 4: Sunday morning slats

08-29-2021 04:46 PM by Dave Polaschek | 10 comments »

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 ...

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Part 5: Slats, part 2

08-31-2021 05:26 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

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...

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Part 6: Second monday

09-01-2021 04:25 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

Was going to cut the mitered half-laps for the frames this morning, but I’m having the second Monday in this week, so decided to knock off early before I made things worse. You can see the pencil line for how the miter is supposed to go, but I started sawing and… Then after gluing that back together so I can take a second try at it, I cut the matching miter (which should have the longer bit of the half-lap joint) but cut it all the way across. Guess I’ll have joints that are mitered...

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Part 7: Slats, length and thickness

09-02-2021 06:02 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

After yesterday’s fiasco with the frames for the doors I decided to go back to working on the slats today. First, I marked them all for length and cut them appropriately. 12⅛ inches for the short walnut slats, and 18⅛ inches for the longer oak slats. Then after inspecting see which side would be the show side, I marked a line across the end 1/4” from the non-show side, then pared off the corner with a knife. Then I set the slat down and planed the corner off. And c...

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Part 8: Door frame mitered half-lap joints

09-04-2021 04:15 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

Many errands yesterday. We had eight stops on our trip to town, so shop time was… sparse. But I picked up cutting the half-lap joints for the frame and then finished them up this morning. The joints required a bit of fine tuning, both in the miter angles, as well as in the thickness of the half-lap. I got two of them good last night and two this morning. Now I need to figure and mark the half-laps for the slats, and then grow about a dozen extra hands in order hold it togeth...

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Part 9: Half-laps in the slats

09-05-2021 03:56 PM by Dave Polaschek | 22 comments »

Built a jig last night to help me cut the half-laps in the slats. If you divide the slat into 3” chunks, each crossing slat will be in the center of that chunk. So I glued down two rails to hold the slat while I cross-cut it, with a pencil mark for the end of the slat, and a piece of wood to sit in the gap to align where I should cut the next joint. I also cut a notch so I can use this same guide to hold the slat while I chisel out the waste. After cutting the first notch… I ...

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Part 10: First door: Gluing it up

09-08-2021 04:27 PM by Dave Polaschek | 9 comments »

Between the Monday holiday and my sweetie having some friends of hers over yesterday, I haven’t had a lot of shop time the past few days. But I’ve sorta completed the first door. I started by gluing together opposite corners of the frame, making sure they were square and level. The wasn’t too bad, but that was all I got done on Sunday evening. Monday, I did the big glue-up of the door. The lattice is “loose” in the frame (not glued in, anyhow), but that still left a lot of parts to get ...

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