A computer desk #3: Tenons and beads

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-05-2019 02:02 AM 682 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Legs, Aprons, and Stretchers... Part 3 of A computer desk series Part 4: Tenons done, mortises started »

Ok…in the shop, tenons get made first…I used a small combo square, set to 1/2”, locked it down as tight as I could.
Laid out for the 1/2” long, 1/4” thick tenons..

To get the 1/4” line…

I just come in from both sides 1/2”....3/4” thick board….then time to set up the mitersaw..

For doing the shoulder cuts. Half will need these stock holders to keep the parts steady…also needed a stop block

Set so I have a 1/2” long tenon….first cut was made until the correct depth was set….then set the depth stops

To keep the saw from cutting too deep…had to move the bandsaw out of the way, for the long aprons…

Shoulder cuts were soon done. Used that square again, to lay out the cheek cuts…

Candle wax on the blade of the old backsaw….make a few cuts.

I used the thumbnail on my left hand to guide the cuts, and keep them running straight….wide chisel to clean the corner a bit…still had two cuts to lay out and make…

As I notch the tenons a bit…1/2” again. Used the shoulders to guide the saw to the “stop” line, chisel to pop the waste off….elbow is starting to get a bit sore…

Finally, got all the aprons with their tenons set aside….and thought I was done with such work…wrong. More in a moment.
Tablesaw to try and square the ends of the legs, and get them all the same length…hard when the blade won’t reach high enough…

Stanley 45 was still set up as a plough plane…took a few minutes to change it into a beading plane..

Started to mill a bead along the show corners….one leg had a bulge near one end…grrr, #3c plane to “de-bulge” it…Kept trying to get the best corners, and avoid a couple knots…

All four legs now have the double bead detail. decided to dig out the mortise jig..

Only to find out all the batteries for the drills in the shop were dead…DOA. brought one upstairs and stuck it into the charger. One in the shop is no longer working. Then noticed I hadn’t even milled two short stretchers, let alone made the tenons on them….they go between the front and back legs about 5” above the floor…a long stretcher will then go between them ( foot rest?)....may get two long ones. Long ones can wait, until after the base is glued up…then a dovetail connection will get used.

Not to bad, for 2 hours of shoptime? may try to get something done, tomorrow..
Stay tuned..

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#1 posted 01-05-2019 08:06 PM

Sounds like a little slacking off :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 01-05-2019 08:31 PM

Looks like another good start to another good project…..!! Just a little shop time, and before you know it, another good piece of furniture is done…..!!

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#3 posted 01-05-2019 11:06 PM

Lack of sleep, cutting into shop times….chisel nicked a knuckle today….never felt a thing…hate when that happens..

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

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