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Trestle Table #24: Cut Curves and Planed the Mill Marks

10-28-2016 02:58 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Today I cut the curved leg parts at my bandsaw. With my Wood River low angle block plane I removed the saw marks. The burn marks were done with my 1/4” bandsaw blade. I replaced it after cutting my first leg part; a foot. I replaced that blade with a 1/2” Wood Slicer bandsaw blade for my 17” Grizzly G0513ANV bandsaw. I was pleased to learn that I could use my leg taper jig for tapering the legs for this trestle table. I placed blue painter’...

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Trestle Table #23: Next Step: Shape my Leg Parts, Then Glue-up

10-27-2016 03:48 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

With the fit of my leg’s mortises and tenons, it is time to shape the leg parts. Today I will use my shape templates for the Cap and Feet to draw a pencil line. Then I will cut those shapes on my bandsaw. For the legs itself, I will cut its taper on my table saw. I just am not comfortable in getting straight cuts on my bandsaw without blade drift. First, I will check if my leg taper jig will work for cutting the taper on these trestle table legs. If not, I will make a taper jig sp...

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Trestle Table #22: Fixed My Fit by Deepening My Mortises

10-26-2016 12:30 AM by HappyHowie | 1 comment »

I really like that my work is reviewed by other woodworkers through the blog entries I make on my projects. Today was a good example of how someone helped me. My leg tenons were not fitting deep enough into the foot and cap mortises. I commented that I was going to trim the length of my tenons in order to have them sit better. Before I entered my shop I read a comment that was posted today in my blog. Jack cautioned me about cutting my tenons shorter. I appreciate that comment. It le...

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Trestle Table #16: More JIGs Made for Building Trestle Table

10-03-2016 03:19 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

This weekend I made a couple more jigs so I can build this Trestle Table. I followed instructions from Gary Rogowski, the author of this Trestle Table plan I am following. One of these jigs is another mortising jig that I will use my plunge router with a guide bushing. This mortising jig will be used to cut the through mortise in the leg assembling in which the stretcher will fit. The jig is a simple L fence of 1 1/2 inch thick block that is milled square with a 1/4 inch thick piece of ...

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Trestle Table #10: Tested Plunge Router JIG

09-16-2016 03:39 AM by HappyHowie | 4 comments »

I finally tested the plunge router mortising JIGs I made yesterday. I will need much more experience in using the router to make mortises. I used my digital caliper to measure the depths I was getting. For some reason the depth settings was not reliable, as yet. Went I route my mortises in the trestle table’s leg assemblies I will check the depths I have cut with the calipers. I am still not decided whether I will square the routed mortises or round the tenons.

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Trestle Table #7: Mortise Plunge Router JIGs

09-05-2016 05:31 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Since I am following a Gary Rogowski trestle table plan for its dimensions, I will follow or use his method for routing mortises in the trestle legs. He uses a simple jig for plunging mortises with his router. I will make these jigs today. So I could either make the trestle leg assemblies or prepare and glue my table top. I don’t know yet what I will build beyond the jigs. I will see how it goes. I may need to purchase a special sized router bit. If so, then I will be making a tri...

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Trestle Table #1: Milling 6/4 Rough Sawn Lumber Parts

08-27-2016 11:38 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

After several days of study and analysis, I decided I would make a trestle table for my granddaughter Torrence. It boiled down between this relatively small trestle table or a shaker style writing desk with two drawers under the table top. Each would be approximately the same size of about 60 inches long and 30 inches wide. Frankly, the decision really came down to my desire to make a beautiful trestle table; one with great curves and shapes. Actually this trestle table’s top will...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #58: Liberal Arts Education

08-24-2015 04:35 PM by Gary Rogowski | 5 comments »

In working with high school interns last year, I was asked to write about our program. I sent this in to a local newspaper. It sums up my feelings about a liberal arts education. Why I Did the WIN ClassLetter to the Albany Democrat Herald, 2014 What was great was to see how excited these kids were to learn. They listened to me talk about geometry and physics. They asked questions about these subjects. They listened to me talk about joinery and cutting angles. They were to a person all ...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #57: The Battleship

08-03-2015 02:55 PM by Gary Rogowski | 12 comments »

Projects come, projects stay. I walked around the shop one day to count the projects I had started only to put down for one reason or another. I got depressed by the number 20. Unfinished for any number of reasons. I cut a panel too short on one. I wasn’t sure of the curve of another. Not hard to make a new panel, 0r try to mock up the curve. That logic does not fly in the face of a simple defeat. I just let the projects linger, go to your corner. What is it that stumps me? Probably this ...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #55: As If

06-15-2015 09:52 PM by Gary Rogowski | 1 comment »

I haven’t practiced sawing in a while. As if that makes any difference. It does. I will get to the bench and try my hand at a dovetail and I won’t know where exactly to put my feet. Or rather, I put my feet where I think they’re supposed to go and they don’t feel quite right. Or I don’t feel right and I’m thinking about how to stand instead of standing and cutting. First tail gets done. I start to cut the second tail and I start to feel that things are getting right again. I launch into th...

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