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Blog series by Eric_S updated 06-11-2012 12:44 AM 7 parts 64726 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: Sketch and leg glue up

02-12-2012 03:14 AM by Eric_S | 5 comments »

My wife and I have noticed that our 6 year old black lab/chow mix, Ninja, lately has only been drinking water from the bowl in his crate(raised) and never from the water bowl on the kitchen floor. We keep his crate open at all times, he just likes to go in there at night when we’re watching TV since its covered and den like. Anyways, for a while we thought it was the bowl itself, but when we moved the one from the floor to the crate attached one that is attached half way up the ...

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Part 2: Legs, Aprons, Haunched Tenons, and Cloud Lifts

02-12-2012 10:08 PM by Eric_S | 11 comments »

Today was a productive day :)  The Legs—————————————————————I started by finishing up the legs. There wasn’t too much cleanup needed, just a few passes with my trusy #7…And then cut them to final length of 14” using a stop block on my crosscut sled.I also found this on one of the legs. Is this gumming that is common with Cherry or is this sp...

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Part 3: Updated sketch using SketchUp

02-14-2012 01:06 PM by Eric_S | 6 comments »

My initial crude drawings didn’t give me a sense of the proportions of the apron heights. I wanted to see how it would look with the 3.5” height against the 14” leg all assembled. So I made a real sketchup to size… I think it looks okay. This was done quickly this morning and without all the curves or exact spacing in the lengths of each cloud lifts, but gives me a good idea that it will look fine. The legs will each have a bit carved out of the outer corner edg...

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Part 4: Mortises and dry fit of base

02-19-2012 12:48 AM by Eric_S | 6 comments »

Today I was able to route and square all the mortises for the haunched tenons.To start, I laid out the legs with the best faces facing outward and numbered them so I know which way each leg should face and where the mortises would go.I then measured in so that the apron was 3/8” from each outside edge of the leg and scored them.I then lightly went over each scratch mark with a pencil to make the lines easier to see.The mortises are going to be 3/8” wide by 3 1/2” by 1”...

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Part 5: Top and breadboard ends

02-19-2012 11:05 PM by Eric_S | 3 comments »

I was hoping to finish everything today except the plugs. However, I only had enough time to do the top and initial breadboard ends. It took longer than expected being my first time doing it, the grooves on the top for the end caps and making the elongated holes on the sides of the BB ends will have to wait until next weekend. To start, I grabbed the widest board I had to avoid having to edge joint the top. Here it is at 11” wide and in dire need of flattening. The sapwood near ...

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Part 6: Pinned Tenons, Routing the holes for the bowls, and routing/gluing end caps for the tongues

03-04-2012 04:22 AM by Eric_S | 7 comments »

Today was a short but busy day. I glued the base together earlier this week and finally had time to finish that with the pinned tenons today.Pinned Tenons———————————————-I started by making a quick jig with some scrap for aligning the pins in all the glued tenons. Each tenon was going to have two pins in it at slightly different positions. To make the jig, I took a scrap piece of wood, and screwed a sc...

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Part 7: Attaching the breadboard ends and plugging all the pinned mortises/breadboard screws

06-11-2012 12:44 AM by Eric_S | 4 comments »

Took me a while to get back to this project. It’s been a hectic past few months. All that was remaining was plugging all the pinned mortises, attaching the breadboard ends, and plugging those screws as well. Plugging the legs—————————-Plugging the pinned mortises was a real pain in the ass. I wish I had a mortiser as they would have all been identical in size. Instead, I had to custom fit every single plug. I used a 1/2&#...

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