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Blog series by JeremyPringle updated 04-27-2015 10:29 PM 7 parts 33433 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Getting started...

01-18-2015 02:48 AM by JeremyPringle | 5 comments »

The time has finally come. I have been waiting almost 2 years for this. I have finally gotten everything off my plate and can now start my Chippendale Lowboy! I have been saving magazines and books that have related builds in them. The problem I have with them all is they are for Queen Anne lowboys. I want a Chippendale lowboy. Even though they are similar, I have found a few differences in them.. First and most obvious is the legs and feet. Cabriole vs. ball + claw. I have...

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Part 2: board selection and layout

01-19-2015 01:13 AM by JeremyPringle | 2 comments »

I was fortunate enough today to have a few uninterrupted hours in the shop. I laid out all my boards and meticulously picked which ones I wanted. I had a few that were still really rough, so I (to my eternal shame) pulled out my thickness planer and cleaned off just enough to see what they would look like. I was able to make some decisions from there.. I do not have any boards wide enough to have a 2 board top, so 3 it will have to be. I used one of the boards I got for Christmas f...

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Part 3: The things that must get done

02-01-2015 02:06 AM by JeremyPringle | 2 comments »

As the title of this entry states ’The things that must get done’. This is in reference to all the things that I knew I would need to do in order to complete certain tasks in the build. For example.. in the past I have always been able to get by using my LA jack as a jointer plane, or if need be I would borrow one from a friend saving me the money of having to buy a plane for one small operation. This build of course is a different story. There is going to be lots of jointing....

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Part 4: planing the legs to size.

02-08-2015 02:27 AM by JeremyPringle | 0 comments »

Since getting the #7 tuned up and finally sharpening the blade for my jack plane I have spent quite a bit of time planning the legs. My max size is 2 15/16. I have to flatten one side, then square up an edge; then square up and dimension the other edge. From there I scribed the final thickness and started planning. The #7 is pretty heavy, so I have been using the jack for most of the grunt work. I know this is a pretty boring operation and generally not one worth having an entry. But&...

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Part 5: gluing up the side panels

02-16-2015 01:52 AM by JeremyPringle | 1 comment »

Since getting the planes tuned up and working properly, I have been alternating between flattening the side panels and dimensioning the legs. Today I finally glued up the side panels. I used winding sticks and a straight edge to flatten the backside of the boards (inside surface) and then squared the matting edges.. With the one board sitting on top of the other, I checked to make sure the seams looked perfect.. Yup… Next step.. Um.. Yeah… If you could just heat up...

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Part 6: Leg work..

04-05-2015 08:03 PM by JeremyPringle | 3 comments »

Letting off from last entry, I had just finished gluing up the side panels. Now it was time to finally get the legs dimensioned. I planed all 4 sides of one of the legs, but decided it was way too much work to do it again 3 more times. So, I figured that there was enough stock left that I could use my rip saw to remove most of the material saving myself tons of time and energy. Then I used the planes to get them to final dimension, and then decided which leg goes where and marked th...

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Part 7: Bowsaw done!

04-27-2015 10:29 PM by JeremyPringle | 6 comments »

With time being a commodity in low supply, it has taken me much longer to finish making my bowsaw than I had wanted. None the less, it is finally done. I started with the kit. I bought the Gramercy bowsaw kit and printed off the plans in 1:1 scale. Admittedly, I bought the kit quite a while ago and have never gotten around to making it. But I did mill the stock for it right after buying the kit, then I just let it sit there… After marking everything out I cut the mortises...

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