What to do with a Walnut slab.. #3: Last of the saw work, start of the cussing

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-27-2015 10:42 PM 1203 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, Landlord WAS coming over to finish the painting upstars…..fell asleep. he will TRY to get over here in the morning….he says. Wandered down to the shop, to see what sort of trouble I could get into….

Had three parts to make tenons on….two had curved sides. Might be a bit tricky to clamp in the end vise?

I picked out a scrap of walnut from when I sawed the curved parts. Had to trim the ends back a bit..

So I could clear the “work area”. Waxed up the saw..

And let the work work. Tried to get 1/3 of the way through..

Chisel to dislodge the waste, then the wood bodied shoulder plane to smooth things out. Finally got all the tenons cut..

So, last of the tenons are now cut….should have stopped there….but…

Needed a place to put the tenons. laid out for the short parts. Fitted a few. Out of the four legs, mainly worked on just two…

Different chisels were needed. As long as the legs were flat like this, was easy enough to do, However..

This set up was a bit different to do. Still, got the long stretcher fitted, then the fighting began. While trying to lay out for the next set of “holes” things kept wanting to drop onto the floor, apron and stretcher tried to trade places…BIG dizzy speel hit….OK, that will be quite enough of that..grbbed a clamp and a couple 1” long nails, and spread some Elmer’s around. Got one apron and two legs into the clamps, mallet to “adjust” things a bit. grabbed a stretcher to sit at the bottom of the legs, to try to keep things almost square…..then just piled the rest of the parts on the bench..

I even set the bottom shelf panel in place… find out it is a bit on the short side….

Well, I can add breadboard edges to correct that. Maybe Sunday, I can try again?

Stay tuned, glue has started to spread…

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

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 01:04 AM

Curved legs look great, Bandit? What would you think of a kind of floating shelf instead of the breadboard end?

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 01:21 AM

Looks like you’re making good progress! I like the curvy legs, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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