Hand tool revalations #3: curves and tenons

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Blog entry by Andrew posted 01-14-2012 07:08 PM 8614 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the temperature in MN has turned to normal for this time of year, from the 40s to the teens, and working in my garage has slowed a bit. On top of that both my wife and a friend have asked for other projects, which of course, I am happy to put in line after this one. But it is cold in the garage (workshop) and metal planes rob heat from the hands faster than a politician with a sweet tooth grabbing a lollipop from a child!
Progress must continue.
So I will start work on the apron, I will first cut the tenons which fit the “1/2 Mortises” I started in the legs. pretty straight forward. Mark with a knife, crosscut the shoulder, rip the cheek.

I chose this style of joinery because I am relatively new to hand tools and wanted something easy to adjust.

Here I am adjusting with the stanley 71, I really like this plane and all it can do when used properly. Before I go to far with the apron, I need to consider the method of attatching the table top to the apron, I will use clips that can move with the table top with changes in humidity.

I simply took a peice of scrap and ploughed a rabbet using the 192, it has a depth stop, then separated the each clip with a cross cut, then staying true to this hand tool project used a brace and bit to drill the holes that will attatch the top. Now I need to make the grooves that the clips slip into to grab the apron.

This is me, ploughing with the 45, on the FACE of the apron, OOOOPPPS! Oh, well, maybe I need more practice making these tenons. Find another peice , rip, joint, crosscut to legnth, and make tenons. Back to the grooves for the table clips, I found it is easier to mark the location of the clips, and start the groove with the 45, then chop them out with a chisel, than it is to make the groove all the way with the 45.

I want to make this table look a little less boxy, so I will cut curves into the aprons, I came across 2 methods.

One is to kerf down to the line, and chop out with a chisel.

the other is to use my coping saw. Either method is cleaned up using my Stanley type 2 113 plane.

This plane has a flexible sole that will conform to different curves, this is a plane that is dated to over 110 years old, and I am a little afraid to flex the sole too much in either direction, but it worked really really well with these longer curves. With the shorter apron pieces, I put them together and cut with a coping saw, then flipped one piece arround so the curves put together showed the inaddequecey of my coping skills. Then rasped them down to even, this really faired the curve very nicely and left a symettrical curve.
Okay thats all I have for now, I just need to finnesse a few tennons, and get ready to assemble the base.
Thanks for checking it out.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 07:25 PM

Sweet blog. I especially liked seeing the 113 in action. It’s on my list of purchases, but not too close to the top yet.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 07:44 PM

i love this series. The 113 hasn’t made it to my wish list yet. To many tools, to little <everything>

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 04:47 PM

I very nice post. Toys toys toys – I wana come over and play. You have done well with the old ones. Keep up the good work.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 10:23 PM

I can see you need a frame saw then your options is cut down to one :-)
its great to see all these wonderfull handtools singing for you
but I think the 113 want a cleaning/derusting and a little oil if you want it to continue with the song


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#5 posted 01-16-2012 02:47 AM

Great Blog there Andrew!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 04:18 PM

Interesting to see you work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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