End Table project #3: Frame and panel work

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-26-2015 02:36 AM 1337 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, last time, I had a couple frames almost done. I went down to the shop a couple times today. Got the second large frame all joinered up. Then worked on the narrow end frame..

This is from laying out where the rails would go. First I had to trim them to length. Got out a mitresaw..

A little old school, but it works. Had a plain candle handy, and before most cuts, I’d rub the saw with the candle. Made sawing thos oak a breeze. Cut a few tenons with that same saw. hey, it was out, might as well use it. Saw the lines, pop off the waste with a chisel, pare flat. Saw a haunch on the upper and lower tenons. Middle one doesn’t need it. Laid out some toys….er..I mean TOOLS

That three piece “jig” is to hold the stiles in place, while I chop a few mortises. It is a tight fit, but a large C clamp did help out. test fit as I went. Takes a while to dig down almost an inch. The one mortise chisel USED to have a leather washer on the end of the handle, used being the operative word. it went flying past me onto parts unknown. I used the wider chisel to clean the sides of the mortise..

Once everything fits. added a clamp to keep it that way. Needed to spread the large frames out a bit.

They are both there, sitting ON the table’s top. I needed to measure what size blank I needed to make a couple raised panels. Came out as 22-1/4 long, by 6-1/4” wide. Had a plank of 1/2” thick Oak…Cut the two long panels out, and had enough left over to make one skinny one

yeah, something like that. Ok, got them the right length, need to slim them dowm a bit. Clamped a blank to the bench, marked a line, and grabbed a saw…

Yes I do have a hand powered one, but, I’d rather use a different “Vintage saw”.

Clamped the blank to the bench a little bit differently. Marked a line 1-3/8” in from the end. The line is a “stop line”, as I raise panels using a plane

I go at an angle to the grain, until a nice bevel shows up. I check with a scrap stile..

Lets me know when the edge is thin enough to fit in the grooves around the frames. i do both ends first. Just turn the blank around then plane the second end. Then, I needed a small block attached to the bench. Wasn’t enough room to clamp the blank for the next part..

With the grain. I started out with a Stanley #6c to hog most of it off, then went at it with the smooth plane, again, checking as I went

Almost done when the two bevels meet as a 45 degree line, right to the corner. Then rotate and do the other edge. Panel should look like this

When done. No back bevel or rebate. Got one done, set it aside, and went to town on the second one.
When they were both done, I laid them ON the frame they will be going in..

And I think I called it a night.. I can start again another day. The bevel trick came from Paul Sellers, as this is how he makes raised panels. He uses just a Stanley #4….I use something a bit different..

A Millers Falls No.9. About the same size. Trick is to set it a bit deep to start, then back it off near the end. Makes a LOT of this stuff, though..

Well, that is enough fun for today, stay tuned, we might just get something more done…

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

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#1 posted 07-26-2015 03:31 AM

If ya want….
I’ll send ya a Mountain Dew….
So that you can finish up that last panel tonight!!!

-- 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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