Standing Desk of Cherry #6: Road trip,and a glue up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-07-2017 08:40 PM 2202 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Reached the point I needed a Planer… way am I hand planing 5/4 down to 3/4”.....Have a friend that has my old Delta 12” planer….soooo, load up the van…

And head out on the road….hang a left at the old Family Cemetery site..

Corner of the old 1822 Homestead. They later built one of the first Methodist Churches in the area..

This was the site of Olive Chapel. They long since moved into town.

About 2 miles from here, pull into the fellow driveway. Open the back of the van, and proceed to make a mess..

If you look behind the trash cans, you will see an old bench I built a long time ago….now doing work as a lathe stand..
Got all but two boards planed down to 3/4” thick. Another was just under 1/2” for a box project. The last one would not fit through the planer…13-1/4” wide….oops. I was a bit distracted out there, by a small slab..

Of 8/4 White Oak…..anyway, load the stash back into the van…

And try to beat a thunderstorm to the house….made it with 15 minutes to spare…

Sorted a few boards, hauled the desk parts to the Dungeon Shop….both sides were clamped together, and the edges planed to match. Set that aside, jointed a few more edges, once I found out which three boards go where, made another mess..

Until I could finally do a glue up…

This time, I needed cauls on both sides..

While that sat for a bit, laid out the rest of the parts..

Both sides, a back and a top shelf….the piece across the front..

I need to cut to length, and start on some dovetails. Once the corner is done, I can plane the top edge to match the sides’ angle. Front and back get through dovetails….top shelf will be screwed in place and have walnut plugs over the screws. It is where the lid will get hinged to. Don’t want it moving around…

The planer and the bench ( and a router table) were mine at one time. Used to be a Pole barn Shop, long ago. When both my friend and I moved away from that place, I did not have the room for those tools, gave them to him to use as needed. Like today, I can come back, and use a few tools as needed.

So, next up? Dovetails by hand….stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 07-07-2017 08:54 PM

Looks like a fairly well thought out plan, a trip straight throug the dead center of town to a friend and then all plain sailing before the storm drool over a small slab and then return to harbour up do some joints and pull everything together for a fine finish.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 07-08-2017 03:27 AM

Excellent project Bandit, it’s coming along great.

Does your friend have any plans for that white oak slab?

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#3 posted 07-08-2017 01:36 PM

He needs to let it dry a few more months…

I may take a box of Lathe Tools down that way….and trade for a bit of lumber….he has a large room with quite a few racks of lumber….

One done..

Three more corners to do…..stay tuned…

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

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