Blanket Chest Project #5: Day #5...meh

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-08-2020 09:31 AM 529 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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After a great start, the day went downhill…maybe worked too long in the shop? Nah…

Ok..last 2 panels needed glued up….the pieces needed a lot more edge jointing than before, to avoid joints that look like this..() wound up fight one of those later….For some reason, I also needed to add a second caul to each end..

needed larger c clamps…managed to get both panels glued up, and set aside, out of the way..

Next..needed to square up the other 4 panels.
decided to also check the mitre gauge, as well..

it was indeed a hair out…easy fix…set the trimmed panels aside cleared off the tablesaw..laid one of the longer frames on the saw’s top ( blade was lowered) ( front? Back? frame) and laid two panels on the frame…after I had marked where the bottom of the grooves were…just to check IF any panel needed a little more “off the top”..

Slide the panels around a bit…to make sure they don’t just fall on through…

set one of these over on the now cleared off bench, and crafted a jig to hold the panel still…as it needed flattened a bit…with that jack plane…

Got out the #4 Stanley….

This one recently got a new tote, BTW….knob was refinished, too….this plane will be doing most of the raise a panel work, first I needed a couple stop lines..

1” back from the edge, 1/4” down on the edge….Plane is used at the diagonal to the grain…start out on the edge, and work back to the line..making a bevel

When the top line is “cut” I stop, and check where the bottom line is…I then plane the bevel until it is free of waves, and I just barely nick the line…using the jack plane, again..

it was even making see through shavings…I do the end grain ends first…then the long grain sides, because the long grain bevel will clean up any tear out on an edge…

Next, rotate 90 degrees, and use that jack plane to make a bevel ..more stop lines

Where the two bevels meet, there should be a nice 45 degree angled corner…( circled area was a trouble spot)

About like this….ok, the easy part of today is done, flip the panel over..change planes to..

The Wards/Stanley #78, and a block plane….as the inside of each panel gets a 1/4” x 1/4” rebate all aroundthe edge…I also got out a rail, to test the fit…..I started with the long grain first…later, when doing across the grain, I have the spur in cut mode..besides, the jig was set up for long grain. As seen in the picture, fits were getting fairly good…

Have to keep an eye on things, lest this plane try to wander off in the cut, or try to lean over…both long grain edges done….dig around for a small screwdriver, and rotate the spur…be sure to tighten that bolt back up..

Jig had to be changed a bit….back end was too far forward..

Got rid of the “backstop”, as it made the panel hang out too far over the bench…right where support was needed to most ( kept hearing a cracking noise…) anyway, to use the first drag the plane backwards a few (3-5?) times, scoring a line across the grain…

(spurs do tend to follow the grain on the long grain cuts…) then just plane away until you hit the depth stop, and check for fit with the rail…sometimes the block plane will need to plane a spot on the beveled face, sometimes not, when things do fit, a few passes along the edge to make a slight bevel…

Which you can see here….was almost done..

Had one more edge to rebate….while tightening the jig back down,,,heard a final..SNAP…then the cussing began in earnest….had to remove both parts, clean the dried glue off…found that “banana” joint () and then jointed both straight, again,,,spread some glue,, and tried to clamp the blast thing…

So, I’ll let this mess sit overnight…and try again tomorrow ( Sunday) and get thatlast rebate done…will have 5 more panels to do…

Stay tuned….

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

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#1 posted 11-08-2020 12:49 PM

A fair bit of progress, in spite of the issues with the banana, seems like.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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