Walnut Night stand #3: Back to wood working

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-09-2016 11:46 PM 988 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Had to find my lathe Part 3 of Walnut Night stand series Part 4: Leg work, van work, leg work »

Well..I did find Mr. Gumption today…...and he put me to work, so much so, I was dripping on everything in the shop.
Gave the lathe a rest for a while. Decided to flatten the top, and work on it until a circle was done….almost.

I have a Stanley No.5c, with a Schwarz style cambered iron. Scrubbed all the high spots down to match the low ones, was a bit rough. I went at an angle to the grain, mostly. Then went with a slightly bigger plane..

Used this #5-1/2 as a “Fore plane” to flatten the scoops left by the jack. Got things flat enough to mark out a center point..

One of the few times an old steel framing square comes in handy. Needed to build a jig of sorts

Just some pine scrap, eyeballed a center point, drilled a hole. Measured out 9” and drill a second hole. First hole needed a way to hold it in the center mark

Drilled a SHALLOW hole in the crosshairs. Added a screw as a pivot point, and a pencil for the other spot..

And draw a circle….several times around, as I needed to be able to SEE that line. Freehand on the bandsaw, trying to at least leave the line….came close.

Worked on the underside a bit…

Until it was just about flat, too. Then stand it up in the vise..

But, sanders can only do so much….we have ways, though..

Worked this around the edges, smoothing out things, adding a bit of round-over

Once that was done, time for the next step. I had a left over slab, that provided the fourth slab to the top. Was still a bit too thick for what I wanted. Marked about 7/8” in, bandsawed the waste off. I also kept one of the cutoffs from the circle cutting. Never know when I need a curve to trace…

Soooo, trace a few things out, double checking one size I needed to leave on….bandsaw time again..

Not porkchops, these are the blanks for legs. Needs a bit more shapping, and a dovetail cut into them….

Something like this? The dovetail will sink part of it into the column. Will beltsand these until flat ( new belt needed) and spokeshave a round over here and there. By now, I am soaked clear through, needing a break….

Fired up the lathe. Let it do the work while I stand there. Worked on thinning the column down a bit, making it a little skinnier. While trying to keep the accent pieces. Added a ring about halfway up, collar got smaller, and added a roundover there. Sized the tenon a bit better…..was starting to part this thing off,...ah sanding!
So, here we go, with the “plain side”

And…the Fancy side

Not too bad? Stay tuned, it might take awhile longer…

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

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 09-10-2016 01:37 AM

Looking good, Bandit. I like the dovetails connections for the legs.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 09-10-2016 10:43 AM

Your speed is amazing, when you set your mind to make something, Bandit! Good looking little table. Following along. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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