Walnut Night stand #5: NEVER work on Mondays

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-13-2016 05:04 AM 958 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Leg work, van work, leg work Part 5 of Walnut Night stand series Part 6: Tuesday was a bit better »

Yet, somehow I keep forgeting that one rule….

Came away from the Doctor’s visit, needing X-rays and Dr. Feelgood for a sore knee, I now have a Handicap thing to hang in the window of the van,,,

I thought that somewhere in the shop, there were a few wood screws. Slotted heads, hopefully Brass ones….nope.

Went to Lowes, to by a few screws…..#8×3/4” round head, slotted Brass screws…...that were priced like they were gold plated. 3 little screws per pack = $1.24! Ouch! Bought three packs, just to have enough.

Finally was able to wander down to the shop. I thought I had everything I needed…..

Had one more leg to do. Needed a somewhat better jig to work with.

Piece of thin pine scrap, with a notch cut in it. Screwed down. Sign of things to come, the one screw split the board..
Dog in the vise to tighten things up. marked out the dovetail, and carried the lines down the sides, with a pencil, then a knife.

Backsaw to saw the line..

And a chisel to excavate the waste. Flip the leg over….then adjust the jig, the repeat the above steps until a dovetail “pin” appears. I then took the time to round over the outsides of all three legs…..1”x 30” beltsander, with a brand new belt mind you, wasn’t quite doing it. One side or the other would dig into the wood…time for Old Standby..

Get it close this way, then the palmsander to smooth things out….which left one more socket to dig up/out

Needed a flat area to work in. Tried the chisel routine…grain was being contrary. Got a stop line cut, then used a plane for the flat..

Then I could use the newly made pin to trace out the waste…in theory. First I needed a way to hold the dang thing still, long enough to chisel out the waste….well, maybe if I reuse the notched jig, and a board in the end vise…..

Then I could dig out an area for the saw to stop in. Saw at an angle, trying not to over cut…dig out the waste, and then a dry fit..

This was the third try. Finally got the leg to fit, tried a little “stand up”

Meh, well, at least it can stand on it’s own three feet. Which left the top end to work on. I dug through the set of Forstner bits, and got out the largest one I had. needed to counter bore a bit into the batten. My largest was still an 1/8” too small….had to chisel the last bit out…almost. Saw kerfs for wedges….and cut two wedges….

Glue up…..where is that bottle of glue? trudge up stairs to retrieve the bottle. Apply some on the post, and the batten to the post, and try to drive the wedges home…..CRACK? Hate when that happens. Dug out the wedges.
Collar has a crack. well, when I clamp the batten onto the post, the crack closes up. Hmmm

Used the piece of pine scrap that had split off the notched jig…..fought the clamp and the scrap until things were clamped down into place…...spread more glue around, and install the legs..

And..NO.. I did not leave this mess like that. It would have fallen over as soon as I turned my back on it. So, now it is lying safely on it’s side. NEVER work in the shop on Mondays…..maybe tomorrow might be better?

Maybe by Friday, I can add a start to the finish? Stay tuned, the cussing is getting sailors to blush….

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

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#1 posted 09-13-2016 06:59 AM

Hey ….dont put anything else but Stainless Steel or titanium screw in your legs even brass ones develop corrosion and cause infections later.

I have found with knees and kneecaps the best solution is to insert some pieces of HDPE (snitch some of the wife cutting boards, dont get caught or you will be back in hospital with even more serious injuries) and just let the body grow back around it!

You should use cloth around you leg when its in the vise to reduce the pain, scraping around inside the kneecap to remove waste is always painfull,... then the screws going in are bad enough!! we dont need to suffer unnecessarly!

-- Regards Rob

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