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Laundry hamper #7: Slats, length and thickness

09-02-2021 06:02 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

After yesterday’s fiasco with the frames for the doors I decided to go back to working on the slats today. First, I marked them all for length and cut them appropriately. 12⅛ inches for the short walnut slats, and 18⅛ inches for the longer oak slats. Then after inspecting see which side would be the show side, I marked a line across the end 1/4” from the non-show side, then pared off the corner with a knife. Then I set the slat down and planed the corner off. And c...

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Laundry hamper #5: Slats, part 2

08-31-2021 05:26 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

Today was another short day. I had to dig out a chamisa root before I got started in the shop so I got a late start and was already tired. But I cut a dozen more walnut slats (only 10 survived, due to an internal check in the wood) and a half dozen more oak slats. That should be enough for both doors, and maybe enough to put slats in the bottom of the cabinet, if I decide to do that. Prepping wood with mostly hand tools, I tend to make spares…. Anyway, after ripping them on the bandsaw, it...

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Laundry hamper #4: Sunday morning slats

08-29-2021 04:46 PM by Dave Polaschek | 10 comments »

Today was all about the slats to go in the two doors. I started by slicing off eight boards from the oak. Turns out making 20” long cuts through 3 inch thick, well-seasoned oak, even with a bandsaw with a resaw blade on it, is a lot like real work. I had to take a break every three cuts and step outside to unmask and dry off. With those done, I cut each of them into thirds, to give me three slats, all just about an inch wide. Then I planed the edges and faces smooth with ...

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Furnishing a Sauna Suite #13: Attaching Bench Slats

02-17-2021 07:28 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Screws and Glue The top slats are attached with screws and glued to the rails, braces, and screw cleats. The screw cleats provide a good glue surface and make attaching the slats easy. The outside cleats get one screw through each cleat along the inside edge and are glued to everything they touch. This is a strong glue joint since it’s long grain to long grain. Good Results I’m happy with the way the benches turned out. I still need to pin the tenons...

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Furnishing a Sauna Suite #12: Screw Cleats and an Extra Set of Legs

02-13-2021 04:40 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Screw Cleats I considered two approaches for fastening the top slats to the benches. 1) Screw from the top and cover screw heads with wood plugs. 2) Make wood cleats and screw from underneath. I chose the second option since I didn’t want to deal with end-grain wood plugs on benches that would see a lot of water exposure in the shower room. The cleats attach to the braces using a tongue and groove joint. Close-up of a screw cleat. Gluing the screw cleats to en...

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Coffee table for woodworking angst #1: Second coming

01-18-2020 08:16 AM by Antti | 0 comments »

After couple of years debating with my wife whether it would take too long for me to make a replacement for our bedroom dresser, I got the go-ahead. After buying the raw materials – I didnt remember cherry is made from gold apparently – I was sorely disappointed to find the workshop jointer in unausable condition. At this point I had so much bent up woodworking energy that I had to do something. Which didnt require jointing. So I collected all the scrap from my previous walnut ...

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Building a Cherry Queen Bed #4: Side Rails, Center Rail, and Slats

07-05-2016 05:21 PM by jonah | 6 comments »

After getting the headboard finished, I started on the side rails. I’d been thinking throughout the process about a way to get the mortises for the hardware into the end of the side rails, and I hadn’t come up with anything. I was trying to avoid routing sideways, which seemed absurdly dangerous, difficult, and generally a Bad Idea with my heavy router. If I had one of those lighter compact plunge routers I might have considered it, but my Ridgid router weighs a heck of a lot and ...

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Reclaimed Pine All-Weather Morris Chair #6: Round Overs, Arm Rests, and Fixing A Mistake

05-23-2014 06:35 PM by TimBridge | 0 comments »

Here I’ve added the additional front stretecher to span the gap created by my previous mistake. I actually think it looks better this way so all went well. Now it gives the front seat slat something against which to anchor. I forgot to mention that the front seat slat has notches cut into the sides so it fits snuggly against the lets and sits a bit proud from the front plane of the chair. I then realized that I forgot to route the 1/4” round overs on all the tops of the seat...

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Building a Houseful of Furniture #4: Guest Bedroom

04-13-2013 11:42 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Watch this video to take a quick tour of the furniture I’ve made for our guest bedroom. There are only two major pieces in this bedroom; a dresser and a bed. This is a Norm Abrams design dresser. The primary wood is cherry and the secondary wood is poplar. The drawers are dovetailed and also have solid wood drawer guides attached to the bottom. I made this before I owned a lathe, so the knobs are an ugly mushroom style that I purchased. Notice the through dovetails on the ba...

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