Maple/oak project/desk #2: day two: not really a good day

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 06-26-2015 12:20 AM 1129 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, started off with a Honey-do project. Tested out the repaired Makita Recipro sawzall, by cutting some MDO down to size. Worked real good.

Ok, a little bit got done ON the peoject today, along with quite a lot of cussing….
Trying to clamp up four pine boards to make a bottom….got a bit tricky..

I just knew that tool chest lid would come in handy…Got all the clamps tight, and set this thing aside for a day

Hiding back in a corner???

Ok, I was going to use my beltsander to get some work on the lid done…was. The belt was a bit too worn down, to the point it would merely polish my chisels.. had to go back to Old School to flatten the lid..

This is where all the cussing really got going… the lid would not sit still. Had a bench dog sitting behind it, lid would just hop over it. had to keep the dog low, to keep from running the plane across it. Was hard to add a clamp, without the planes hitting the clamp. Finally, somehow, got the lid flattened down, for now at least. Took a break for awhile.

Got back down to the shop. Had two sides panels to mill smooth, a topper, and the front piece. Redid the clamping system a bit. Still had a dog back there, but added a scrap piece in the leg vise, and a screw on the other side.

This is the “topper”, the piece that the lid will hinge to. It will get screwed to the sides, and some Walnut plugs to cover the screws, I hope. It needed a flattening, as it had cupped a bit. Worked from a jack plane through a smooth plane, the clean up with a low angle block plane. Got both faces done, and set it aside with the lid.

One of the two sides. A little bit cupped, and needed to be smoothed down. Next..

This skinny board needed a couple things done. One was to get rid of that rough cut area….

Look any better? The other item was…one end was 1/4” wider than the other. Scribed a line, clamp it in the leg vise, and a #5 jack plane to remove the excess wood. Then the complicated stuff can begin…..

Stay tuned, this could get “Verrry…”

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

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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 06-26-2015 01:54 PM

You are a hand plane machine.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 06-30-2015 03:46 AM

Ok…. I see what was next….

-- 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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