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Blog series by lateralus819 updated 07-14-2015 02:23 AM 7 parts 12314 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Casework

06-23-2015 01:42 AM by lateralus819 | 1 comment »

I was getting bored with my projects so I decided to halt them to work on something “Fast”. Yeah sure. A G&G piece, fast? Ha! I’ve always admired the Greene and Greene style and figured it would be another style to help further my skills. It’s proven very beneficial already! Working with African Mahogany is always sometimes a challenge if one is not careful with their tools. It tends to splinter and chip easily. The good side is it is quite beautiful and I think...

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Part 2: Joinery details.

06-23-2015 01:53 AM by lateralus819 | 0 comments »

I was adamant about using a handsaw for doing the joints. With little confidence in my abilities I ended up making a 90 degree guide like the Barron dovetails guides. It worked perfect with my dovetail saw and so happened it would bottom out prior to my line to avoid over cutting the line. The fingers are done just like dovetails. I cut one then laid it on the end to transfer my lines. I surprisingly nailed everyone with a perfect fit. I laid them out with a divider and ended up with 2 1/4...

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Part 3: Some ebony!

06-23-2015 02:05 AM by lateralus819 | 0 comments »

This was the most nerve racking part of the build. Screw up here and its over! I probably went overboard measuring out the mortises for the pegs but this is turning into a fun project and if it takes me a while so be it. I used a digital caliper to measure the width of the fingers and then halved that, then used the caliper as a scribe to dimple the center. Once all those were done I figured out where I needed a “Fence” to line my hollow chisel up with the center of the dimple....

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Part 4: Finger details.

06-23-2015 02:12 AM by lateralus819 | 0 comments »

A few people have seen photos online and questioned why I have left the fingers protruded. I’ve had to explain it a few times lol. I had thought of using a router and a round over bit but figured it would be too much and opted to do this step after the joinery and use sand paper. I first started using a hand held sponge sander but it was deemed too bulky and cumbersome. I thought of ways and had to run to the hardware store for more paper and stumbled upon this little guy. I u...

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Part 5: The top

06-23-2015 02:17 AM by lateralus819 | 4 comments »

This was difinitely the easiest part. Typical breadboard end, with a proud face. I ran into a discrepency where both the bottom and top protrude. Not a big deal as I can flush the bottom with a hand plane after glue up. Just odd as I was sure I made all the necessary measurements. Oh well ;). Not much to add here really. I will be doing some more work on the top such as ebony plugs and splines. Plus an oval inlay with my initials. I will add that later in the build. This is a...

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Part 6: Skirting

07-14-2015 02:03 AM by lateralus819 | 3 comments »

Time for some skirting. I had two rounds of this. The first skirting I didn’t like the grain not to mention I messed the fitment up a little bit. I’m too anal with some details. I try for perfection as much as I can :/. Ah well! It’s all a learning process. I used my 90 degree guide with a magnet to cut the joints. Works like a charm. Chisel out the waste. It was tedious getting them exactly right so they had no gaps. I did end up with a gap at the back...

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Part 7: Top part 2: Ebony spline jig/top inlay

07-14-2015 02:23 AM by lateralus819 | 1 comment »

I was contemplating even attempting this. I knew I didn’t want to do Ng’ jig as I don’t have guide bushings and I figured I’d messup the mortise for it anyways. Here is my version and it works incredibly well. I hope it can help some people and ease some tension on this critical step. The first step is to secure some quality ply, the router and bit of choice and some patience. The jig is constructed similarly to an “Exact width dado jig”. Make two ...

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