Ladder for Towels? #2: Beads....just...beads

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-16-2021 10:10 PM 422 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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A late night return to the shop, I was just going to see about setting things up, and have it ready to go, this morning

Best laid plans…..

I figured a way to hold the treads/rungs safely to the bench…at least so two types of planes could work…solution?

Was to drill a hole through each tenon. Hole will not show once the ladder is glued up..Gave things a trial run, as the underside needed a few swipes with the smooth plane, anyway. Might as well get things smoothed up, BEFORE the assembly date. Then, tried out the router, with a round over bit, to see how that will work out..

I can always clamp a part in the bench vise, like if I need to plane the edges a bit..

Ok, so far, so good. Flip the board over, re-secure to the bench…show side needed a few swipes, as well…

looks a bit better…then…a lot of fussing, and setting going on. Stanley #45, with a #22 bead cutter….got the 1st bead done..

Works best like this…had to spin the part around, and try along the other edge…

And found a center bead had also been made….fence on the 45 must have been set about perfect…maybe?

Had too much fun….a few tenons needed pared a bit…one edge was a bit rough..

Needed to smooth this out, before the #45 could run along that edge…..twas a bit rough…Anyway, before I new what was going on, all 5 treads had been done….Including running that router down all 4 edges. Times 5….

Decided to just sweep up..

Was a very busy day, and night….

Stay tuned, have the two sides of the ladder to lay out for mortises….and chop those all the way through….and look for something to make some (10) wedges from…

Been too busy today, running errands and rehab a compass….something about the “Point” didn’t look quite right..

Someone had lost the OEM Starrett pointer, and replaced it with a strange looking bolt….well, bolt had a date with my grinder..

Ground the threaded stuff off, gave the end a better point…may just keep that brass nut?

As I doubt IF I could find another wheel nut. Patent date..

Sept. 26, 1889…..Starrett….

Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 04-17-2021 02:40 AM

Compass got a bit of work, today..

About a 7/8” radius….Top of the Ladder’s sides get a “round-over”....

And, I needed to make these match up….

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

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