Blanket Chest Project #11: Day #12....

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-15-2020 02:38 AM 383 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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First order of the day….I had to clear the bench for action…

Sorted through the cut-offs to find a decent enough board to make bread board ends with…

So I can choose the best 2…..right now, two are acting as cauls…to keep a panel flat…more on that in a moment..

tablesaw to cut the lid blanks to the same length, and square the ends a bit….then start jointing edges for a glue up

Thought I could use the old No. 7c…..was a bit too much for this job…was hard to keep level. I used this narrow board to check for gaps..

But, the planes were changed a bit…still had a long jointer..and a short jointer…

And, actually, that LONG wooden bodied No. 81 weighed less than the Stanley No. 6….kept jointing edges, used the #5 jack plane for any trouble spots…checking for gaps as I went..

Three wider boards done. They are just sitting there, no clamps, no glue used..yet…laid all the boards out, trying to sort the best grain match…

Hmm, turned out, that the narrow board did need a touch up….was trying to “banana” on me… that fixed..then the fun with pipe clamps can begin….as they like to roll over just when you want them standing up..

Was finally able to get all 3 clamps on the same page…..spread a bead of glue, moosh it around, clamp things tight…left end stayed flat….right end did not…we have ways..

There is a caul under the panel to match the one on top….4 c clamps were used, to pull the end flat…yes, those 2 are also to be the bread board ends…..once the glue up has cured a day. I can remove the cauls…make a tongue & groove joint along the end of the panel…and the groove in the end pieces…

Jointer work, for now, is done….guess the “Fleet” can go back home…

Until the next time….

Have to await the glue to cure…before anything else can be made….I could spend a day to sand the chest to 220 grit? I need to somehow find out what colour stain to use…without letting her know WHAT she is getting for Christmas…..

Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 11-15-2020 02:16 PM

I’ve been lucky with my last couple panel glue-ups, but for some reason they always make me nervous. I think because I had one that went crooked while in the clamps a couple years back (not enough cauls, probably), and I ended up losing almost 1/3 of the thickness planing it flat afterwards.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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