• Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #6: Slight Detour

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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 03-25-2017 11:52 PM 1058 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Slight Detour –
I decided to take a slight detour from sticking the frame members, as I’m still trying to work out the details of the kneeling platform. So, as the frame sits in the sun for a bit …

... I get started on the transition pieces between the frame and desk. I have decided not to put a full top on the frame, but instead to fashion a picture frame  of sorts to secure the desk … something kind of like this …
I start off by ripping some 2-1/2” x 3/4” cherry strips.

... and then making 5/16” deep kerfs, 3/4” in from the sides. One to establish a shoulder and the other to make easy work of removing waste.

After a great deal of chisel and plane work, and several strokes with the hollow moulding plane …

I ended up with this …

Whew … just three more to go!

Taking a slight break from all that chisel work, I decided to rough out the front, sides and back of the desk. I just love the natural “X” in the front piece. As the front will only be 4” tall, that sap wood at the top will be cut away, and obviously the sides will taper from 9” at the back to 4” at the front.

As I was cutting the kerfs in the last of the transition pieces, I decided to call it a day! Because it looks like I need to take some time and give the old saw bench a shave … LOL!

Up next … not sure … depends on my mood! Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed … more to come!
Follow my progress with the links below:
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #1: Getting the Jump on Lent
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #2: Replication in a Cold Dark Shop
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #3: Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #4: Mortise and Tenon Joints
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #5: Hollows and Rounds
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #6: Slight Detour
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #7: All the Single Pieces
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #8: The Kneeling Platform
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #9: Mitred Breadboards
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #10: Dovetails
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #11: Edge Moulding
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #12: Three in One
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #13: It Is Finish

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#1 posted 03-26-2017 04:17 AM

It’s coming along nicely. The saw bench has the same peach fuzz of my 13yr olds chin. Perhaps they’re the same age.

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 03-26-2017 10:38 AM

It s coming along nicely. The saw bench has the same peach fuzz of my 13yr olds chin. Perhaps they re the same age.

- Blackberry

Thanks … you just might have something there … LOL!

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 03-26-2017 05:26 PM

I mentioned above having to take a “break from all that chisel work” ... well, in keeping with the adage, with no photos, it didn’t really happen ... I thought I’d better post one more photo …

... and you know what? Even after tapering the legs on my Hepplewhite Stand and making octagons on the turning blanks for this prie dieu, not to mention all of the mortise and tenon joints on both projects; this Windsor Design chisel from Harbor Freight STILL  has a sharp edge. Amazing!

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Dan Wolfgang

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 01:49 AM

Nice progress, Ron. Is there a reason for setting the frame in the sun for a bit? Just to get a photo, or helping to dry something to fit better, or…?

Also, as a photographer, I really enjoy the composition of that last photo of your saw bench! Dovetails, workpiece, clamp, color—a great combination.

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 10:21 AM

Thanks, Dan!

Yes, I’ve been letting the frame sunbathe a little each day to darken the cherry. The desk has a few pieces of gummy cherry which are a bit darker by nature. Once the prie dieu is completed, I’ll give it a heavy coat of boiled linseed oil and let it sit in the sun for a least three more days … should have a nice patina by then! Thanks for asking.

I’m glad you like the photo of the saw bench. Close up like that one can see that the bench has seen better days. LOL!

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