Pine Project, 4x4s #3: Getting the aprons sized

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-06-2016 04:24 AM 982 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Already had some stock for the aprons.

Cleared the panel of all the junk…well, most of it. Laid two legs onto the panel. I moved them in about 2” from the ends, and measured the space inbetween them. Added 1” for the 1/2” tenons….

Checked the stash, to see which two boards were at least that long. About…21-1/2” or so. Two were a tad short. Save those two for the ends. Set up the mitrebox to read 85 degrees. Set the bevel square to that. laid out some lines with it..

This is from later on. Now, only one of the two boards was skinnier than the rest. mark another line for that. Cut all the lines. Jack plane to erase the edge grain saw marks, and get the two to match each other….already had sawn about 1/8” off. Laid out a pattern of curves on one. There was a green cap laying around, might as well put it to work. Fired up the smaller bandsaw..

And came up with this thing..

And used it to mark out the other apron. Then, set the legs up on the top again, and pulled the measurement for the end aprons. Again, cut the two to length, and at the 5 degree bevels on the ends. But, there was a problem..

Seems these two were a LOT thicker than the first two boards. When back to the big Texas Bandsaw, and resawed the “extras” off. Came out a bit wavy, as usual. We have ways of getting rid of waves

Since the end aprons are only 13” long, a smooth plane was enough. Plane is a Stanley #4, made in England. Seems I have it tuned up well enough. After all the waves were gone, and the faces were flat and smooth..

Was left this big pile of shavings. Wanted a little different set of curves for the ends, usually they are reversed. Spotted a pint can of poly…..hmm, about the right size. Marked four circles, after marking a center line. Cut one apron out, transfered the marking to the second one, and wound up with these two…

These were also a tad wider than the other aprons, no biggie, bandsaw off the extra width, plane it smooth and straight.

No shop time tomorrow..road trip day. Next time in the shop, tenons will get made, and then a few mortises to chop. Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 05:44 AM

Well I think I will have to lodge a Bandsaw abuse report, I though the previous work you did was “stretching it” but that poor little machine should have almost gagged on that work, a really amazing result from such a small machine.

Whats the go? have you replaced the original motor with a 1Hp model or maybe added a turbo somewhere?

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 03:15 PM

Have the larger one for the bigger stuff. Three wheeler is the scroll work saw. hace a scrollsaw for all the thin work, too. All motors are”stock”

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

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