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1880s Counter #3: One (Re-)Turn Deserves Another

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-15-2020 01:38 AM 612 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Okay, What Exactly Do I Have? Part 3 of 1880s Counter series Part 4: Figuring things out »

If you’ve paid attention thus far, you know the counter was cut off on one end, and that a single example of a ‘return’ is all I have. Aside from being incomplete (bottom rotted away), it will serve as a good pattern for a recreation piece for the other end of the counter.

I propped it in the face vice of the bench to have a look.

I need to rehab this original piece to replace rot, but first it must be duplicated! Face boards are 7/8” stock. Stiles (?) are a full 1” thick. Applied moulding are three pieces per side on a recessed rectangle. I have old pine in all those dimensions, and if I don’t, I’ll make it.

Through the magic of the internet (and lacking pics, because I didn’t know I was going to blog it at the time), here’s dressing the inset panel…

and then the completed face panel as I begin work on the inset mouldings! Wow, that’s amazing, right? But then creating a frame in nothing big in and of itself, so let’s get to the dressing. I have cove for the inset, but it wasn’t 7/8 on one side. A bit of shimming took care of that.

Cut the cove on the Goodell-Pratt (as I will all the moulding from this point)...

and used the shoot plane to get it just right (as I did with all twelve pieces of this inset assy).

Then had to come up with 5/8” wide half-round moulding. I thought about using the No. 55, but there’d be nothing to rest the plane on (intended to do this to a long edge of 5/8” stock).

So it became a job for the H&R set. Doesn’t need to be perfect, just needs to be consistent.

Then needed 3/8” half-round, 1/2” deep. Used a beading plane to create the round…

then ripped it free with the table saw, creating the piece I needed.

Presto, the completed ‘mirror image’ copy! First, the original:

Then the reproduction:

I’ll spare the gory detail, but I then turned to the original to replace the rotted bottom face board and ‘stretch’ the stiles to a much more useable length.

And I said this installment would talk about board stretching. Here’s a board that needs help.

I have no clue as to how long it needs to be, but what’s there ain’t enough. I located some appropriate (7/8” thick) pine stock and cut the rot away until I got to solid material. I also wanted as much glue surface as possible.

Out of clamps.

I then set the table saw fence, ripped the addition it to proper width, then made a copy of said piece.

Next time, more clues emerge on how this thing needs to be reconstructed. And a revisit of the top. Until then, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 01-15-2020 02:04 AM

Gutsy. I like it.

Im out of scotch.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 01-15-2020 02:06 AM

Great progress Smitty.
Is that Dad I see in the background?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 01-15-2020 02:07 AM

Get more, I’m not halfway yet! :-) And, yes!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 01-15-2020 02:21 AM

Twisted my arm.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 01-15-2020 11:26 AM

i’m tired just watching.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 01-15-2020 01:43 PM

Impeccable work, as always, Smitty. I love following along on your rebuilds.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#7 posted 01-15-2020 06:30 PM

Such good stuff.

Agreed JayT, I love this show!

Thank you Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 01-15-2020 06:41 PM

Hi Tony! And All! This is an interesting piece, the biggest one i’ve done by far.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#9 posted 01-15-2020 08:09 PM

Where are you putting the spittoon and brass rail?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 01-15-2020 08:10 PM

Nice work Smitty. Looking forward to the rest :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 01-15-2020 10:19 PM

Making a bar! Nice repair and a Tony sighting. It’s a good day.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 01-16-2020 10:48 PM

So far so great. You have a very impressive shop and tool collection.

-- James E McIntyre

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