Hope Chest Build #2: Hand raised panel-first one

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Blog entry by A Slice of Wood Workshop posted 05-01-2012 06:30 PM 2467 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I started this blog section to keep track of how things were going. They went from good to ok to bad. When putting it all together it seemed like nothing was fitting up to square. I started using only hand tools and have started making some decent progress. I have the back panel all glued up, the front frame is ready for final assembly and the sides stiles and rails are all set for the panels. Today I got out to the shop and did some work on them. This is my first raised panel (machine or hand, but this one is by hand). I think it turned out alright for the first one. All the edges are the same thickness. I believe I went to far into the center of the panel and took some of the contrast away. I still need to do some finishing touches with it, but overall I think it looks like a raised panel. Leave any comments, tips, or jokes you want!!!

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 06:42 PM

Tim – looks good for a first go, congrats!

I have no idea what tools you used for the panel, or what you’ve got available in your till, but you might find this post interesting, if not helpful. Specifically laying out lines on the edges and face so you know when you’re done. The (lines) help regardless of the tool being used to cut the panel (#78 or #5 jack or whatever).

You’re on a fun path! It’s the journey, after all.

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 06:55 PM

Looks like a good effort and a good useable piece for a first attempt, what more can you ask for? Now if you make all of them similar then you didn’t go too far into the center, you created your own version and no one will know otherwise.

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 08:17 PM

@Smitty- Yeah I don’t have many of the basic planes yet. I’ve been meaning to make a marking gauge for a while now. Guess I need to get on that. Liked you post, it was helpful.

@Derosa- I have 1 more panel that I need to match this too, so it shouldn’t be tooo hard.

Thanks for the comments.


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#4 posted 05-01-2012 08:49 PM

Good effort Tim,
Even if you measure and rule a line where you want the bevel to stop, it will make it easier for you . Don’t be afraid to use a belt sander if you have one just to true it all up.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#5 posted 05-01-2012 10:01 PM

I have hand planes and my efforts turn out the same brother…charles and rob make it look so easy though. Good effort indeed my friend

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#6 posted 05-02-2012 01:16 AM

We all have learning curves. I fought with the basics to what seemed like forever. But when you do get it, when it clicks and does what you want, WOW! That is one great feeling. A great effort you have taken on. Good job and nice work. My advice is make one change at a time, keep your tools sharp, pay attention to grain direction and slow down.
Well done!

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 05:06 AM

Your learning on the go, really cannot beat that type of learning. Great start

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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