Tool Chest #2: some work got done

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-03-2014 12:47 AM 1609 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, had a bunch of parts milled down from an old Bed frame. Got some mortise work done

To avoid mistakes, I try to keep each group of parts, like a complete side, in one spot. Helps when fitting things together later

Because the grooves for the raised panels are off-set to the outside. I also cut down the grooves and then chop the mortises. I can then miter where two grooves meet, I hope

I tend to cut tenons first. Then use the finish tenon to mark out a mortise to fit THAT tenon. Because these boards do vary just a hair, pays to match things up. Test fit to see how things are going

Not too hateful, a bit gappy. But the grooves all line up. Set this one aside and do a bit more tenon work. Then, just to recheck things with the Existing raised panels, I reclamped up one side…...Panel did NOT fit. Not that it was too big, but it wasn’t wide enough. Had to trudge back upstairs and pick out some other board…

Found one of the 1×10s used for the platform of the bed. At least it was straight. Cut it down into two 25” long panels. It was close, but I needed a bit more to get to the 12-1/2” width needed. Added a 1×4 to the width to get right at 12-1/2”. One was a poplar board, the other was a chunk of barn wood fir. As for the existing panels? They were 10-3/8” wide. Just won’t do. Glued up both NEW panels at the same time, using ALL the pipe clamps I had. laid the old panel on top

Once the glue had set for awhile, took out the NEW panels. Time to raise a panel. Paul Sellers has a vidoe on youtube about making raised panels with just hand planes. In his case, just a single Stanley #4. Well, it works, but when the board is a lot longer, other planes are used

A Stanley #5 jack plane, for the long edge grain sides, and to level the face of the panel. A Millers Falls #9 ( Stanley #4 sized) for the end grain bevels. Used the little block plane to clean up after the other two. The last plane in this group is a Wards (Stanley) #78 rebate plane. While it is nice to make the bevels, in is nicer to have a rebate on the backside to fit in the grooves better.

A little clean up on the face. The 78 was a workhorse

I cut the rebates on the end grain end first, then went along the sides. Worn a hole in my left thumb, from a bolt up front on the 78. It was for using the plane as a bullnose plane. It has an “extra bolt” and I leave it in place, rather than having it go missing. making some thick shavings. As thick as it will cut seems to work best, save clogging things up with them thin shavings.

This afternoon, got back down to the shop, and tried to glue up a panel assembly for the front/back. Haven’t decdied which is which, yet.

Raised panel installed inside the frame. Still some gaps, but they can be filled. I have a BRIGHT work light above the bench, and the camera just doesn’t like it. Kind of washes things out One side is in the clamps. Will start on the next one tomorrow, with mortises to chop and fit. Then maybe start on the ends? Then a lid? Stay tuned to this batty Channel…

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 08-03-2014 12:51 AM

I admire your work. Keep moving forward sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 01:14 AM

If you make a home for all your tools….
Put them away all orjiganized….
You’ll NEVER be able to find them!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 08-03-2014 02:36 AM

Looks like you had a very productive day, Bandit. Even when you aren’t at your best, you’re better than many.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 08-03-2014 04:23 AM

Looks like the new chest is coming along.

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 12:09 PM

All right, I’ll say it, I find this series pretty inspiring. What a lot of fun you seem to be having!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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