A project in Maple #5: Getting assembled...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-29-2017 04:09 AM 1458 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not moving the best, this week, forced to take things a bit easy…..
Ok, to get caught up with this project….

Got the fourth panel all glued up….and even did a test fit…

Which left the problem of the glue joints at the corners….took yesterday off…wasn’t feeling too good..

Today, after a decent rest, went SLOWLY to the shop…trying to keep the trips up and down the stairs as low as I can…..Set up an end panel in the vise…

I thought that shelf had a reason to be sticking out so far…..helps support stuff….. Reason for the vise was to check for square …

Which this wasn’t. We have ways…

Of getting things “squared away”. Millers Falls #14 Jack plane seemed to be about the right size for this job. Needed this square, for the next item on the list..

I WAS going to use this 3/16” Match cutter, to mill a tongue along the edges of the end panels….wood was a tad too wide, would have left a whisker along the edges…...there is another cutter…

I have the 1/4” Match cutter for the Stanley No. 45….it at least is wider than the boards I was going over..

I wanted to keep the skates ON the wood. Once I had the skates set, and the depth set, I could add the fence.
Ok, once I figured out which way the grain was actually going….I could start at the far end..

And work my way back. Once a bit of the tongue appeared, I rubbed the “new” candle along the sides of the tongue. I figure the cutter will remove almost all the wax, after a few trips..

Finally got four tongues milled…but, I wanted them to fit into stopped grooves, which meant they needed trimmed back a bit…around 1-1/2” or so..

Backsaw to make a saw cut, chisel to pare away the waste….set these aside, clear the top of the bench, and lay one of the front/back panels on the bench. With the “inside” facing up. Dug up a 1/4” router bit. And the rest of the contraption’s parts..

Noisey, messy thing. Still, about the easiest way to make a stopped groove. Once I marked a stop/start line, and remembered which way to run the router along an edge…..and set the fence for where the groove needed to be..

Groove is also “stopped” about the same at the top. First groove was easy…second groove….not so much, got about an inch or so ploughed out…..

Never heard a sound. Hate when that happens. Dug out a few more 1/4” bits….(I would pick the dullest one first)

second, third , and fourth cuts…tried to burn a bit….gave each a second pass to clean them out. Dry fits as I went along..

They were a might tight…..decided to go ahead and glue the mess up…

Diagonal to pull things square…well, a little past square, so it “springs back” into square, when I remove the clamp.

Will let this set awhile….i went upstairs, and took the rest of the day off, other than peeling dried glue off of my fingers. Tomorrow? Might try either to build the bottom, make a small box, or work on the lid.

Stay tuned…..

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

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#1 posted 09-29-2017 08:23 AM

Do you have room for a cot or easy chair in the shop to take a bit of rest now and then?

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#2 posted 09-29-2017 02:34 PM

There is a Shop Stool…..

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

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