A computer desk #5: Sunday's Workout

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-07-2019 08:38 PM 794 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Needed to change to a cove bit on the router….legs, aprons and stretchers needed their moldings done, before any glue ups could be done.

“Router lift” to adjust the depth of cut…

I was going to clamp the parts to the bench, and mill the coves…bench was still set up for the mortises I needed to chop….clamped the parts to the tablesaw’s wing..

I’d run the router up to the clamp, then move the clamp to the far end, then finish the cuts…aprons (4 pieces) got this single cove…the pair of stretchers

Have 2 the outside/show sides….legs..

The two corners that will show, each got a cove. Inside corner will be out of sight…doesn’t “need” any.
I wanted the molding done, to help keep track of the sides that will show. Also, it is easier to do the molding now, rather than after things get glued up…marked a few pieces as to what went where…

Then I marked and chopped out the mortises for the long aprons to reside in…test fitting as I went…got one end assembly done, spread some glue, add the clamps..

Set it aside, and do the other assembly….once it was glued up and clamped….hmm, one F style clamp didn’t work to hold…got out a pipe clamp that would…then a couple more pipe clamps..

To do a dry fit of the long aprons….needed to find out exactly how long the “footrest” stretchers needed to be

Had barely enough length…and by the time I trim the ends for square….decided to attach these with counter-bored screws & plugs..with a touch of glue…Watch out you don’t trip on that clamp…couldn’t get to the mitre saw..decided to take the time to bandsaw four corner blocks…carefully following the lines…

These will get drilled, and countersunk…then glued and screwed into each corner at the top of the aprons. Got these done, and set aside….which left these two to mill

Edges weren’t the only problem..

Will need to face plane these flat, and square….Jointer to plane one edge straight, on each board

A “cordless” Jointer. Then take this to the tablesaw..

Narrowest section was just over 2” wide, set the fence to an even 2” between the blade and fence..

Run both boards through. Which left the faces to do…

Usual Suspects, all the faces were planed flat and smooth, remember the ugly end?

Look any better, now? No. 6c to knock the worst sections down, No. 11 to smooth plane them…them that sawn edge was jointed square and smooth. Moved a few things around, so I could at least walk through..

Swept the shop…can’t remember IF I cleaned the bench up..

Just over 3 hours of shop time….and a Cardio Workout to boot.

Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 01-07-2019 09:34 PM

Way to go, rest time.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 01-08-2019 11:15 AM

Love the light lines of the piece. Your shop has me looking for my inhaler!

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