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Blog series by Ron Aylor updated 05-14-2018 11:38 PM 8 parts 14139 reads 93 comments total

Part 1: Realization

04-04-2018 12:25 PM by Ron Aylor | 9 comments »

Realization -  It was brought to my attention this morning that we need a side table.  A few months ago I picked up some really nice cherry and ash from Suwanee Lumber. I’m sure the stock has had enough time to get used to my shop. So, perhaps it’s time to start working on a two-tier side table. It might take me a few days to determine what this table should look like … so, stay tuned to see what I come up with. Thanks for looking, more to come! Follow my progress with the l...

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Part 2: Playing Around in Paint

04-05-2018 02:37 PM by Ron Aylor | 21 comments »

Playing Around in Paint –  After a few hours playing around in Paint, This is what I have so far.           Nothing too fancy. I’m thinking maybe 20” W x 20” D x 22” H (or a bit higher) , with a 6” high drawer. I’ll use cherry and ash as shown. I’m torn between cherry bread boards on the lower tier or an ash border akin to the top … will just have to wait and see. I may also taper the legs a bit to the inside. Well … time to start roughing out some lumber.  Thank...

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Part 3: Selecting Stock

04-11-2018 01:31 AM by Ron Aylor | 6 comments »

Selecting Stock –  With a bright sunny day, I dug through my lumber stores …   … and after bit of … yes, no, maybe  … was able select a nice piece of cherry and ash.                 Combined with a piece of 8/4 ash for legs …                 … I think I’ve got more than enough stock to start roughing out parts for my side table. Thanks for looking, more to come. As always, all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below.Two-Tier Side Table #1 – Rea...

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Part 4: Hepplewhite Visits Plymouth

05-01-2018 10:46 PM by Ron Aylor | 8 comments »

Hepplewhite Visits Plymouth –  I have all the ash for the frame roughed out and partially jointed. I’ll tackle the shelf and top when the time comes. Before I cut mortise and tenon joints and assemble the frame ...                  … I going to try my hand at a bit of carving! Seventeenth-Century New England carving to be more specific. I’ve been studying Peter Follansbee’s work for quite some time, and thought I’d dress-up this Hepplewhite-ish  two-tier table j...

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Part 5: I Can't Carve

05-02-2018 06:45 PM by Ron Aylor | 8 comments »

I Can’t Carve –  Well … not yet  anyway! I need a proper carving mallet … can’t very well use one of these guys …  Hmmm … I bet there’s a mallet inside this tulip poplar branch …                 After cutting a billet, removing the bark, and attacking one end with a hatchet … it was off the the old spring pole lathe.  After about an hour or two … presto! This should work just fine.  It feels great in my hand and has a good bit of heft. So now  it’s time to ...

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Part 6: Zig-Zags

05-03-2018 05:59 PM by Ron Aylor | 15 comments »

Zig-Zags - I mentioned earlier that I was going to have a chopped zig-zag decoration at the bottom of the aprons. This decoration is seen quite often on 17th-century furniture. It is also know as a sawtooth or serration decoration. To create the pattern, I cut a 1/8” x 1” rebate in the face of the stock, by first creating a shoulder with my kerfing plane …  … chopping out waste with a chisel …  ... and then using a rebate plane to smooth things out …  I then laid out the zig...

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Part 7: My Very First Lunette

05-07-2018 11:58 AM by Ron Aylor | 16 comments »

My Very First Lunette -  Having completed the zig-zag decoration on the aprons, I took my first steps toward some real  carving. To avoid undue marring of my bench, I decided to nail the work-piece to a 1×6 … which I secured to the bench via bar clamps. As mentioned earlier, I’ll be carving lunettes in the sides of the second tier. In architecture, a lunette is a half-moon shaped space. After laying out the lunettes with compass and awl …  … I took a deep breath and mad...

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Part 8: Some Assembly Required

05-14-2018 11:38 PM by Ron Aylor | 10 comments »

Some Assembly Required –  With all of the zig-zag decorated aprons and three of the carved sides complete, I though it time to cut mortises and dry fit the table frame together. I must say it was quite fun channeling my inner Peter Follansbee, but it’s time to put away the carving tools and get out the joinery tools …  … but first … I took the time to make two interlocking trays to hold my newly acquired gouges. All I have used so far is No. 7 straight gouges – 20mm & 10...

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