That OddLots Ad #24: Sanding, milling, roasting..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-01-2018 04:46 PM 567 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok…shelf is in..

That missing piece on the drawer’s front is replaced….a back, of sorts, was added behind the drawer..

Open area below that is fore cables and cords to come through, from there on down is for air flow to the heater.

Last night, after the Big Parade downtown, did a bit of sanding…cleaned up the drawer’s dovetails and the repaired corner..

May add a bead around the drawer..will see after this is upstairs.

Far end of the top was cut to square, and a curve to match the other corner..

Top was sanded down, with 80 grit, for now…used this…

To edge all the way around the top..

Decided to make enough plugs, to fill all the counter-bored holes…that WAS the plan…bit is from Veritas

Supposed to cut a tapered 3/8” diameter plug in face grain…..worked great in Pine, however..

About halfway into the cut, it would try to stall, and then just burn it’s way along…had a few break off in the cutter.

It is running in a 5 speed drill press, set in “5th gear”....tried down in 4th….just stalled on contact, grrrrrr

Decided to go with what Ii managed to get milled up….bit had broke three out….Hammer and a block of wood to tap the plugs in place, a dab of glue around the narrow end. Used the thumb and index finger to line up the grain direction, screwdriver to pop each plug from the scrap piece.

Got a bunch of those holes plugged…will need to ”’bake” another dozen plugs….

A little fuzzy….may do the plugs today, add cleats for some more shelves….might even start on the door.
Monday, or no Monday, I want to get this thing DONE.

Stay tuned

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

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#1 posted 10-01-2018 05:32 PM

I’ve never had great luck with plug cutters. Seems like the cutter gets 2/3 of the way into the wood OK but the last bit it burns and if you bottom it out to get the tapered end the plug snaps off in the cutter and you have to chisel it out. I’ve switched to using dowel rod and a dowel plate if the plugs are longer than 3/8”.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 10-01-2018 05:52 PM

I usually avoid dowels….something about that end grain look. Prefer the grain to match the area the plug goes into..tends to make the plug disappear….

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

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#3 posted 10-02-2018 12:28 AM


I have a set of 3 Snappy Plug Cutters – 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2” with 4 cutters rather that the 2 you show on yours. My experience has been good with them. Would loan them to you (live on north side of Springfield) or you could bring some of the wood to my shop to try them out.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 10-02-2018 01:42 AM

Seems the issue was in the drill press speed being to fast for Ash….dropped the speed down as for as the drill press could go..

I also found a few burrs on the cutters….cleaned those up, refreshed the cutting edges….cutter is almost 10 years old.

High speed works for soft woods, I guess I’ll drop the speed all the way down for hard woods.

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

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#5 posted 10-02-2018 11:51 PM

Lookin’ Good! Can’t wait to see that insert in place.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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