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Blog series by HappyHowie updated 11-10-2017 03:35 AM 4 parts 6156 reads 2 comments total

Part 1: Cell Phone Stand Prototype

11-06-2017 05:06 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

After performing an inventory of my hardwood storage and surveying different gift ideas on the Internet, I decided to make cell phone stands for Christmas gifts for many family members and a good friend. I started this project by making a prototype. I asked my Annie what she thought about it. She liked it! So the project is go… For the two pieces that makes this stand I was going to use 1/4 inch thick pieces of hardwood and their width will be 2 7/8 inches. This thickness ...

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Part 2: Cell Phone Stand Assembly Line Started

11-06-2017 05:33 AM by HappyHowie | 2 comments »

After making the first prototype, I began the process to make many more of these cell phone stands for Christmas gifts. I need to make thirty-two gifts this year. I gathered all of my 1/4 thick pieces of resawn lumber plus planed a few more boards to 1/4 inch thickness on my Grizzly planer. With a rip blade in my Saw Stop I ripped all of my 1/4 inch thick lumber to 2 7/8 inches width. I then place a crosscut blade in my table saw. Then with my crosscut sled I set a stop block so I coul...

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Part 3: Ten More Sapele Phone Stands Prepared for Finish

11-08-2017 11:02 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

With these additional ten sapele cell phone stands I worked on today, I now have 32 stands prepared for its finish coat of Danish Oil. I know, some of you will count the stands in the photo. My first prototype is not in this photograph. To get to this stage this afternoon, I used the following hand tools: my low angle block plane, four bench chisels: 2”, 1”, 1/4” and 1/8”, my #4 smoothing bench plane, and my thin part bench hook for hand planing flat surfaces. ...

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Part 4: Completed 42 Cell Phone Stands

11-10-2017 03:35 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I had ten stands to fit parts together today. I have 42 stands now ready for finish. I need to remember to burn letter initials or first names to these stands before applying any dye or finish. The poplar hardwood will get a walnut dye coat. I will test some of the pine with this dye. The rest will get Danish Oil coats.

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