End Table, out of Ash #6: Rails getting done

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-29-2018 06:17 PM 517 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Mortises done, top trimmed, dry fit Part 6 of End Table, out of Ash series Part 7: Mortises for the rails »

Cussing was at Marine Boot Camp Day #1 level….by the end of the day…..anyway, cleared off the tablesaw..had work for it to do. Those ugly, wavy blanks for the rails? Took two fence settings to rip the rails down to 1-1/4” width..or, about the same height as the saw blade can be raised to…

Ripped the worst off one edge of each, to get an almost straight edge. Reset the fence to the final width, “straight edge” against the fence, rip to final width. Reset the fence, again…resaw work, this time

Set for a hair wider than the 3/4” I am looking for….ripped the worse sides first..

Then reset the fence for the final thickness

Needed that Push stick..was getting a bit too close for my thumb.. Ok, saw work was done, at least for this tablesaw.
Lowered the blade all the way. Set the blank for the table’s top on top of the saw…just about the widest flat spot in the shop…found two 1×4s that seemed to be alike, and were about the right length…..gauge blocks. Set the base of the table on top of the “new” work table…set it rightside up….wanted to mark where the rails will go, and what angle was needed…

Slide the rail around, until the ends were about the same…about a 1/2” tenon’s width…make a mark on both ends..

That I could use to set up the miter saw with..

You were expecting something with a motor? Made the shoulder cuts..

Angle seems to be around 5 degrees? I used this square to mark around a bit…set a bevel gauge up

To help speed up the layouts. Combo square to mark the cheek cuts…backsaw to make those.

Chisel to clean up the cuts..finally got a tenon done…

7 more to go…test fit?

Long rails done, then the short rails

Done for the day? No, just getting started…including the cussing…set up a jig on the bench, Stanley 45 was still set up as a bead plane….started with the short rails..

Fence was getting in the way, parts wanted to flip onto the floor ( a magnet for wood?)single bead was done, but..

I need two beads on each rail….grain and the cutter were not getting along too well, either. Got the short rails done with beads, somehow….then the real “fun” could begin…

The long rails, they wanted to twist right out of the jig….finally got all the long beads done….left the last long rail on the bench. Dug out the Wards #78 plane, and set it up….tried a few passes,,,same issues with the fence..

And the cutter fighting the grain….finally, after this rail bounced on the floor…cut a piece of plywood into a v, to wedge against the far end, sitting low enough to miss the fence. Added a screw about halfway back, so the head was pressing the part against the jig….tighten things up with the screw at my end of the jig. Long rails have a rebate to house the 1/4” plywood panel for a shelf…plywood will sit flush with the top of the rails. reset the jig for the short rails…usual issues with one…then..when doint the LAST rebate..

Why….the others fought the planes, this one didn’t? Set this over with the other three rails..swept the floor..was too tired and sore to use the dust pan….shop cat seems to think it is a bed….strange cat.
Closed the shop for the day. Maybe later, I can cobble another gauge block, to lay out the 8 mortises, so they all match? may even chop a few mortises, and even another dry fit? Need to size the shelf’s plywood panel, too..

Stay tuned…..

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#1 posted 11-30-2018 12:11 AM

Great work as always Bandit.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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