Maple/oak project/desk #6: Lid restart,meeting angles...didn't

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-04-2015 04:44 PM 1123 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another one of “them” days in the shop. Clamps getting flying lessons, because they just kept falling to the floor when I tried to use them. Got the lid angle done ( almost) with an old handplane I had refurbbed up

A Stanley No.28. Seemed to be a little lighter than my Stanley #6c…..Left index finger served as a “fence” to keep things going. Tried to match things up with the non-moving part of the lid….even tried hinges, to se what was going on…..still not right. They way things were going….well, Suppertime! Sit and think this thing over for a bit…...

Ok, decided to replace the non-movable lid. Yanked the screws out, plugs and all. Will “recycle” it later. Had ONE more piece of Maple the needed size, but

Weeell…the other was plain-jane oak. This might just be a “Design Feature”? Live edge across the back. Marked out where the two cuts would be, and went and picked up a small saw. Bandsaw was having “issues” cutting anything close to a straight line, so a different type of saw was used…

Made by SKil, it has a 6” blade ( a NEW one at that!) and at least I can saw straight lines with this one…I hope

Clamped the two boards together, to get an idea of what was needed, besides mortising in the ywo hinges…

Chopped the hinge mortises as I went. Used a little bigger screws, for now

Set thins up…yep, just a hair of “Hinge Bind” but it will do…for now

Not too hateful. Had to cut brand new Walnut plugs…..all glued in, and planed flush….back corner’s screw had stripped out, there was a gap of about 1/8” back there…Grrrr, removed screw along with that NEW plug. Got out a longer, coarse threaded drywall screw. Cut a new plug, again. Used a clamp ( one of the few that didn’t want to flop on the floor) and pulled the gap shut. Drove the new screw down tight, and added the plug. Then a chisel to trim it flush. Let things sit a bit.

A few smooth planes, and some sanding…...then about four coat of oil finish(so far, Maple is almost like a sponge) then let it dry. Will see what we have tomorrow, finish wise.

Well, unless I decide to change out a couple cheap hinges…...this is the end of the project. Will post a few pictures over in the Project section. Might be a decent lap desk, or something for the Kitchen to act as an office?

Thanks for following along…..

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

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#1 posted 07-04-2015 05:18 PM

Adapt, improvise & overcome….
All at top speed!!!

Another Bandit masterpiece, done well.

-- 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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#2 posted 07-04-2015 06:25 PM

Looks great and with what seems to me a normal number of set-backs, no big deal as long as you get where you want to be.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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