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1880s Counter #11: Cutting Skirtboard Bevels

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 02-19-2020 12:39 AM 681 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Top, Trim-out, and Infrastructure Part 11 of 1880s Counter series Part 12: Reassembly Complete! »

Started with this, needed to complete framing.

Then all that framing needed a 1/2” shim job to get it all prepped for skirting. That was a pain to complete, too. But while I was at it, a number of screws were put in place to tie all the pieces together a little more rigidly. 2” finish nails were shot in as well. We’ve got a pretty tight old carcase now.

Skirt boards need a number of perfectly cut (!) inside and outside bevels. How to do that ran the gamut.

Free handed:

With a shootboard made to assist:

To this:

And then, as another option, this:

So, what works? Well, the free hand method is fastest and actually has really good results, but the shooting board is a FAIL when it comes to final cleanup. Why? Not sure, but it’s just not good enough.

The No. 31 compound jig?

It works quite well, actually, but cutting a full width, 45˚ bevel in the face of a 1×6 is slo-o-o—w-w-w-w going, let me tell you. I will finish a number of cuts that way, simply in the name of Galoot Indexing, but it’s not the way to make 18 bevels.

The Porter Cable Model 314 Trim Saw got most of the action today…

Here’s how far I got:

There are a number of smalls cut and ready to install, once their neighboring pieces are cut. I’m learning to minimize waste, as there are only a few pieces of stock made to complete this bottom work. Yes, I pieced boards together to get the three pieces I’m using.

A view from the back (ready for a board bottom).

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



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 02-19-2020 02:20 AM

Smitty, I’ve got nothing to add on the long mitres. Gotta dig into my library of old stuff.

On a brighter note, it does look good. Will the back be left open and unfinished? Going up against the wall?

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

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#2 posted 02-19-2020 03:38 AM



Smitty, I ve got nothing to add on the long mitres. Gotta dig into my library of old stuff.

On a brighter note, it does look good. Will the back be left open and unfinished? Going up against the wall?

- theoldfart

The No. 31 works, and works well. It’s really pretty cool, and I’ll do more practicing with it and figure out the best way to use it for cuts on the project.

Really digging the look, too. And I’m happy about the infrastructure being added as part of the base.There was nothing scavenged from the building re: undercarriage; it’s fortunate I got a bottom skirt board at all. And yes, I’m doing a bit of finishing to the backside. Three drawers envisioned, along with an open bottom shelf. Something like this.

Nothing fancy, or even necessarily ‘finished,’ but functional. And all out of reclaimed stuff.

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

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#3 posted 02-19-2020 12:55 PM

I really wish I could see this in person. I just want to lay my hands on the top and feel the history. What a fun project to watch. It makes me want to start back into the historical restoration i did 30-40 years ago!

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

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#4 posted 02-19-2020 01:12 PM

Looking good, Smitty. I’m surprised that the shooting board doesn’t give good results. I’ve always had pretty good luck using a similar technique for box corners. Smaller, but similar. Dunno….

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 02-19-2020 02:11 PM

I’ve been watching with fascination and excitement waiting for the next installment. Really good job.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#6 posted 02-19-2020 03:58 PM

That’s quite the transformation taking place there Smitty!

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

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#7 posted 02-19-2020 04:58 PM

Love the target piece, functional is where all the cool kids hang out. Dig the outcome thus far, you’re doing a tremendous job.

Thanks for bringing us along Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 02-19-2020 05:58 PM

No. 31 compound jig? That’s one I’m not familiar with, looks cool though.

Nice work so far Smitty!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 02-19-2020 09:58 PM

Duck, Star 41 by Millers Falls. Star 40 looks the same but w/o the compound capability.

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

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#10 posted 02-20-2020 01:23 AM

OK, so he meant to type 41 instead of 31. I’m familiar with the 41 you showed Kevin.
What I thought he was referring to is in the picture above he posted showing all the tools used sitting on top of the cabinet. There is a contraption on a block of wood just above and to the left of your Star 41. What is that?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#11 posted 02-20-2020 03:14 AM

An E C Stearns version of the 40.

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

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#12 posted 02-20-2020 04:03 AM

Damn, caught in my deception. Duck, yes, it’s the 41. The pic showing all the tools is right, duck. It’s a Stearns mitre box jig that does 45s, but not compounds!

I appreciate the comments.

Don, I’d love to have you visit! Dave, DWelch, Ken and Tony, glad you’re all following along. I couldn’t begin to count the number of times I’ve been asked, “What are you going to do with it?” And the answer is indulgent: I’m just enjoying the (re-) build. As it is, I think the piece isn’t a kitchen island, or even a back bar. It may not even be a bar. It’d be best against a wall, but what homes are suitable for such a big piece with such limited function?

Maybe one of my kids will want it when the time comes, who knows? But in the meantime, I (and all of you) enjoy the process of bringing it back to life!

Thanks again for following along.

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

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#13 posted 02-22-2020 06:52 PM

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#14 posted 02-25-2020 08:38 AM

Hi Smitty, it looks as if you enjoy what you do – a lot, and that makes me smile big time.
Wonderful write up, love that you give us a talk about the options and ways.
A wee jealous about the plane. ;-) But with a warm smile and joy on your behalf.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#15 posted 03-03-2020 03:54 PM

Looking great, Sir. Will there be any internal shelving, or will that wait until a purpose is determined?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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