That OddLots Ad #18: A "normal" Saturday in the shop?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-23-2018 05:12 PM 1120 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Twas a time, long ago..when I could put in 8-12 hour days in the shop on a Saturday. methinks those days are behind me… it seems 4 hours at a stretch is pushing it…6 hours and I have to rest a day. Oh well, here we go

Flattened the top a bit. Worked my way “down”..from a No. 8 jointer plane….through the No. 7c…to..

This little guy. A No. 3c…to clean up places the other big guys missed….or tore out. Once that was done…

Those lines on this end had to go….a green B&D Sabre saw made this cut, then a sander smoothed out the saw marks..

Nice? Need to mill the other end, when I can fit this fat body down there to do it. There is also a “shop rule” it seems…ANY level space in a shop, will simply fill up with tools and other items. Take a good look, now…
Next, in today’s follies….one door…simple as that, right? First, I needed to make sure all the stiles would fit, that the taper thing was gotten rid of, and all four are the SAME size..

Then the fun begins…Was going to get one door today…picked out two stiles. Each stile needed a groove milled along one edge. trick was find which edge had the fewest knots….no knots would have been nice..

Something like this? Used an older plane this time around..

Those are the shavings it makes. Had trouble holding the stile in place, wound up c clamping the far end…plane almost up to it, turn the part around, re-clamp, and finish the groove….plane is a bit hard to keep on track, has no depth stop…and is a bit long….somehow, I got two stiles all groovy, and clamped them into their new home..

easy part is done…now the real fun can begin…I used those two clamped up stiles, to find out how long the rails need to be…counting the 3/4” tenon ( 1/4” groove + 1/2” tenon into a mortise) then cut the three wide rails to length..

And make sure the ends were square..

So far, so good…the three also need jointed, to make sure they are the same width, and not wavy edged..

That No. 3c was just about the right size. Figured I could mill a groove along one edge with the old plough plane..
Did not go well. Plane was longer than the part!. Got out the Stanley 45, and set it up for the “plough work” and added a c clamp..

After each rail had it’s groove milled. ..I also cut the tenons….first a shoulder cut was made..

Reset the depth stops on the mitre box…and cut all four lines…but, this saw does not do cheek cuts, the bandsaw does that. After trying to freehand a cut….decided a jig was needed, to hold the rail vertical while using the bandsaw to make the cuts. Jig was centered on the rail, so I could do all four cuts…

A c clamp and an old Handyman try square….worked great. After each rail was done, it got stashed with the stiles.

Middle rail has 2 grooves, top and bottom get just one…..There are two skinny rails to do….and fight…was unable to c clamp them into the jig….1-1/4” leaves no space for the 45’s fence AND the clamps….freehand to hold the first skinny rail…rail hops off the bench..third time it went somewhere UNDER the bench…the 45 also “hopped” out..

This is from the front edges of the skates…at least it wasn’t that 1/4” cutter…might have been a tad messy…got to the point that all the shavings ( so far) and other stuff were just swept up and out of the way..

All the while muttering about a “FirePit”...runaway part then shows up, like magic…finished it up, not freehanded, I added a pair of screws along the edge of the jig, so their head clamped the part to the jig…the skinny rails get two grooves. Stashed the Mr. Christian Rail..

And managed to groove and tenon the other without too much trouble…went to stash it away…guess which one fell out, causing the rest to fall to the floor….
Ok..used one rail, to figure out the length of the panels…minus the 1/2” parts of the tenons…cut four panels from some of the scrap 1×6s…

Got these all the same size. Will keep an eye on the grain patterns..

These are 1/4 sawn Ash, BTW. maybe arrange these to look like one board? All these will be raised panels…and may get a rebate around the inside edges…to center them in the frame’s thickness.

About that point, hand was hurting, legs were cramping….time to call it a day…4 hours worth.
Will see what the next day brings…Stay tuned..

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 09:23 AM

Looks like a fruitful few hours though.

Sure KWYM about horizontal spaces in a shop. They are like junk magnets, where the &^^4 did all this (^*%% come from?

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 06:40 PM

Looking mighty good, bandit…..I’m still hanging with you till you get ‘er built….Stellar job…..Keep it going….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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