Walnut slab leftovers? #4: Got a little more done...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-17-2015 02:55 AM 1545 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Needed a few legs Part 4 of Walnut slab leftovers? series Part 5: Time for Elmer to take over »

Before I got tired of fighting things. IF I got too angry in the shop…..time to quit for the day. better luck the next day, right?

Anyway, I had the aprons to mill into something usable….I hope. Ends needed cut at an angle [email protected] 15 or so degrees…closer to 10, maybe.

I used the bandsaw to cut the ends…..too much stuff in the way to use the mitrebox…plan so far is to splay the legs out a bit, almost like a Tavern table.

Was trying to figure out how long the aprons needed to be. With the angled ends, and a 1/2” long tenon.

While the “short” aprons will be a bit plain, the longer ones down the sides will be a little fancy..

Now, the way this whole Mortise & tenon Joinery stuff works for me, is the tenons get cut first. To that end, I needed to set up the bench..

That stool makes things a lot easier on the back, for me. Clamped things to the bench where I can work them over, and scrounged up a collection of tools to use…

I tried out two saws for this job. The backsaw was a bit hard to see how deep is was going. The coping saw? When the back edge of the saw blade is just below the surface, I’m done. Then I tried the chisel & mallet routine.

But things came out a bit wavy. I do have a shoulder plane of sorts, though.

had to adjust it a bit…iron was too far to one side. The curves on that apron?

These will be the fancy parts. Undecided about the ends. Anyway, needed a place to put all these tenons I’ve been cutting..

Clamp to hold the leg still is clear up here, because it would not hold anywhere else. Mortise chisel and the mallet to dig out the waste. A test fit?

Will need a bit of fine tuning…rotate the leg, and chop some more..

I tried one more mortise, but things were acting up, stuff would get in my way, and would not get out of the way. That stool refused to slide around to where I wanted it to go…..until a size 11 shoes showed it where it was needed to be …

Maybe tomorrow, I can try again? I found the cause of the lathe’s pulley sliding around and throwing the belt….set screw was a full turn from being tight…..I then gave it an extra 1/4 turn to make sure it stayed put. Might go back and add a second one on top of the first screw, to keep things in place..

Halfway done with the mortise and tenon work…..maybe by this weekend a glue up??? Stay tuned.

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

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#1 posted 12-17-2015 03:03 AM

Looking good, as always. Nice to see the progress.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 06:59 AM

I’m following along, Bandit.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 12:40 PM

Watching all the way Bandit ..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 12-17-2015 03:48 PM

Looking good, Bandit. I can’t agree with you more about giving it a rest when your gear/tools starts refusing to cooperate. I was recently trying to install some drawer slides, and had every kind of problem I could imagine. I ended up creating more work and did some damage to my project that I will have to figure out a fix for. Came back the next day, and within 20 minutes the drawer was installed and working as it should.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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