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1880s Counter #6: Big Moves, Big Progress

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-22-2020 12:22 AM 431 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Front Panel 'King Board' Part 6 of 1880s Counter series Part 7: And to Top It All Off... »

Okay, big statements in the title, so let’s get right to it. First color matching. Yep, I’m talking paint.

I laid down a tan-ish base coat to approximate what I’ve seen as a lighter finish that’s under the green that survives on most of the rest of the carcase. Then laid down the green.

The finish on the surviving end-cap is NOT green like the millwork I used to get the color mixed, that’s for sure. So the whole thing may end up getting a coat when all is said and done. But with the painting done, it was time to create a bit of half round that happened to be Nosing Plane sized from my set of wood planes.

I started out with the (crazy?) idea of standing this piece up before the end of the day. So, tighten up some unseen ‘joints’ where the rail build out meets the flat front.

Then, with the front of the counter ‘face down’ on a table, I added sides.

Cut the bottom ‘rail’ board to length (the board that defines the primary recessed panel) and put it in place.

And then stood the piece up, with two actual returns, for the first time in a very long time.

Huzzah!

Next time, the panel is placed, we talk about more applied mouldings for the panel as well as the base, and see if there’s been progress on the top! 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 01-22-2020 12:26 AM

Aww yea! Right side up and lookin proud. Good work smitty.

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

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#2 posted 01-22-2020 01:22 AM

Thx Stef, it was a good day!

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

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#3 posted 01-22-2020 02:16 AM

Ooo Ahhhh Yea.

It looks quite fine Smitty.

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

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#4 posted 01-22-2020 02:32 AM

When the center panel is in, and all the trim out is done, it will really pop.

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

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 02:38 AM

Indeed!

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

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#6 posted 01-22-2020 01:32 PM

Looks like good progress

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#7 posted 01-22-2020 02:33 PM

It really is a nice looking piece, you have a great eye.

Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 01-22-2020 03:16 PM

Thx al! Tony, I appreciate that!

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

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#9 posted 01-22-2020 03:17 PM

When you get that done, it is going to be one beautiful bar.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#10 posted 01-23-2020 02:13 AM

Really fun to get inside your shop and see your ways, thanks.
Looking good and done with respect.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 01-23-2020 02:42 PM

Looks like a fun restoration. I need to go back and check out the earlier in the series.

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#12 posted 01-27-2020 07:59 PM

I like the color. You may have mentioned it already, where are you going to put it?

How old is the nice craftsmanship radial arm saw?

-- James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 01-28-2020 03:15 AM

James, I have no actual plan for the piece once it’s done. None at all. Right now I’m enjoying bringing it back from the dead, to the best of my ability. And so far it has been a great challenge and lots of fun.

That’s Dad’s Craftsman RAS. I think it’s an 80s piece of tech, but I’ve not researched it. I did check it for square, and it was! So it’s getting pressed into service when I’m working in Dad’s shop.

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

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