Hand tool project in progress

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Blog entry by Oldtool posted 01-09-2021 11:45 PM 789 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started a new project directly after the holidays, a dining room buffet for my daughter, to be made in the same design as my previous project – her dining room table, a weathered country look.

Same wood, silver maple, and this time I wanted to do as much hand tool work as possible. I started with the top, 60” X 17”, with breadboard ends. First, after milling the two boards, I jointed by hand, using a fence on my No. 7 Stanley which provides a pretty square edge. However, I joint two adjacent edges from opposite sides of the board to ensure complementary angles should they exist:

Next up after glue up, creating the tenon shoulders on the top using my home made kerfing plane, a project I posted earlier in 2016. This worked very well, making a nice crisp straight edge, to the depth I set the blade for – 1/4”.

To remove most of the waste, I chiseled from the ends, as much as the grain direction would allow without reducing the tenon thickness beyond desired 1/4”.

Following the chisel I used one of my wide skewed rabbet planes to get close to the limit.

The next & final step is using a Stanley No. 71 router plane to fine tune during trial fits.

As a note to any other No. 71 users, if you have trouble obtaining Stanley irons – as I do, you can use the Veritas irons, but due to these being longer than the Stanleys, you can add a wood sole to the plane to allow the iron to be fully retracted, and the polished wood slides nicely when using.

Last, cut the tenons with three 1 3/4” sections & 3/4” in between, fit the breadboard and take the rest of the evening off.

Lastly, the thickness of the breadboard is greater than the top, for the same reason as the length being longer than the top’s width, to allow hand planning thickness & cutting the ends, after glue up and pegging. I prefer to finalize these dimensions last, in the event I mortise the breadboard slightly off center.

Thanks for viewing.

-- "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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#1 posted 01-10-2021 12:25 PM

you know, The woodwright Shop would be proud !
What little I learned in wood shop in high school is long gone but the desire to make saw dust remains. I do applaud all the craftsman that have the talent and knowledge to use tools that are mostly gone from our everyday wood shop.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 01-10-2021 12:38 PM

Thanks Dick, the Woodwrights Shop is where my interest in older methods of work started.
I’ve been to Colonial Williamsburg on multiple occasions, and the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop is fascinating, as well as the Wheelwright’s shop and the Gunsmith.
If I could, I’d volunteer to work there just for the experience of it all.

-- "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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