Shop storage projects #7: Working on the rails....

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-12-2017 11:40 PM 1033 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Working on the storage dresser Part 7 of Shop storage projects series Part 8: Dresser build, side 1 is complete,almost »

Ok, last night, I snuck back to the shop…did a bit of chisel work.
But wasn’t happy with the results..

And decided to “daylight” the mortise into a dado. I kept the waste piece, added some glue, and a clamp, and let it sit all night..

Then today, I removed the clamp, and worked on a few more dados. Nothing fancy to them, just a lot of chisel work..

laid out to match the tenon that will go here. Last night I had #4 and #3 done. This is for #2. Wide chisel, to chop down around the edges. Then a backsaw for a bit. Then with the bevel down, I chopped towards the sides, and then with the bevel up, came in from the edge..

Making the chips fly. Got the dado about cleaned out..

And did a test fit. Looking to make things flush through here..

Nice and flush, but why the gap? Well, when i trim the ends to “cope” the molding..

And do the same at the dado..

Things slide up nice and tight, and the gap goes away…..I use a coping saw to finese the fit of the 45s..

Ok, Got #2 done….looked around for #1? Well, I guess I need to make that rail. Test fitted the others that are done..

There is one more double-sided rail and a top rail to go. Making a 5 drawer chest of drawers. Cleared away this stuff and started to get set up to make another rail, or three…

Not every day you will see the bench this cleaned up. Rail blank needed surfaced S4S, as it was bit rough-sawn..

Got out the Stanley #5-1/2 Jack plane, and a square or two.

Doesn’t take all that long to do, I also was checking for square as I went..

Once I had the 1” x2” blank all square and smooth, I could set up the Stanley 45 and a couple other planes

I used a couple older drills, to make a countersunk pilot hole for the screws..

Got one edge all nicely molded, flipped it, drilled it, and molded the other edge. Then I marked where the tenons would be on each end. Mitre Box to cut down to the tenon. The a few other tools to finish the tenons..

Backsaw made the rip cut, cleaned up with both a chisel and a rasp. Square to check things out….Whew.

Since things were set up to do some S4S on the blanks, I went and planed the rest of the rail blanks I had on hand. Made sure they were all the same size, too. Then set up to surface a stile/corner post..

42-1/2” long…..that will be a LOT of hand plane work…..I think I need a break instead. Maybe AFTER Supper, I might try my luck? Stay tuned, we be getting there….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 01-17-2017 06:18 AM

Looks like things for the storage cupboard are really shaping up mate! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store from here! Keep the rest of us updated on the work. We’ll all be eagerly waiting to see your final product and your work room is going to look tons better for it with everything in a proper place!

-- Christopher James:

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