Walnut Night stand #4: Leg work, van work, leg work

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-11-2016 01:43 AM 950 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just one of them days…..while waiting on the help to rouse himself out of bed…..went to the shop for a little while.

Set the beltsander into the vise. The three leg blanks were wavy, and a couple were a bit fat.

Turn the sander on, and hit the lock button. Held each part on the moving belt until the saw marks were gone, sides were flat. Found out that the inside curve was a decent enough of a match..

That it would fit the front roller. Got rid of some other saw marks, that way…..why a sander, and not a plane?

Too hard to clamp these to the bench. Plus there was a risk of a leg breaking….I don’t have any extra leg stock.

Was able to work on dovetailing one leg….and the socket in the column for it.. about the same time as the battery in the camera ..died. Took the camera upstairs, found the charger, and plugged that in. Gathered up a bucket of tools, as the van was getting worked on next. Drove it to Autozone,,,took a few tries, but some parts were loaded up. Plan turned out to be:
Drive the van to my Mom’s place. Dad used to use the garage a lot to work on cars
Replace the front and rear brake pads, and rotate the tires. Back brakes on this van are a ROYAL PITA to do
Wait out the Thunderstorms that rolled through, then go back home, returned one set of pads ( the OLD set) and got the money back from the warranty. KFC for supper, paid for by the refund.

Ok, back to wood working, The layout toys..

A dovetail bit to mark out a tail or two.

About like this, carry the lines down the sides

Need a few other tools.

As the plan was to use the blue knife to make a knife-wall. A #4 backsaw would saw down a bit. then a chisel would dig out the waste, until this showed up.

Flip the leg over and repeat. Once a decent enough “pin” was carved out, time to layout where it would go.

First, I planed a flat on the side of the post. marked and trimmed the leg’s pin to fit the post, then use the pin to layout the “socket” it would be set in..

This shows the flat, and a few markings, for the second socket…I dug a bit at the far end of the new socket, and then used the backsaw to define the walls

Then a few chisels to dig out the waste, again

Then a few dry fits..

So, by the end of the day, I have two legs installed…

The brakes on my van are fixed, tires rotated. Between the rain and all the work, I am soaked through( rain felt good, though) and worn out. Those two legs will need a rounding over on the outside edges. As well as doing the third leg. I did get a pattern cut out, to make the batten that attaches the post to the table’s top. Pattern is too thin and wavy to use on the table.

I think that is about enough for one day? Stay tuned, maybe tomorrow, I might get something done…

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

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