Across the Bench from Charles

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Blog series by Monte Pittman updated 07-01-2018 01:46 AM 4 parts 10379 reads 53 comments total

Part 1: The beginning

06-11-2018 01:26 AM by Monte Pittman | 25 comments »

Most don’t know that I shut down everything in the Black Hills of South Dakota and moved 1650 east to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. About last Christmas I told my wife that it was time to do something else. There’s probably a dozen or more personal reasons for us leaving SD. Those are too lengthy and family stuff to get into. However, there were mainly a few professional reasons for the move that really forced the issue. The hospital where I worked for 38 years is currentl...

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Part 2: Devil's in the details

06-18-2018 03:30 AM by Monte Pittman | 15 comments »

Many things that I will probably cover are things that Charles has covered in videos on YouTube and his site. Always remember that he loves answering questions from folks and you can email him directly with them. So when I came, I wanted to dive in and learn how he does various things. So I bought a bunch of wood to build some simple projects to practice with. Boxes I always consider a good choice. You should always focus on every aspect of every project, but small projects like boxes emph...

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Part 3: Devil's in the details - Part 2

06-30-2018 12:37 AM by Monte Pittman | 6 comments »

Box bodies were cleaned and sanded. One note sanding, if you damage your sandpaper on ROS sander like this, I recommend to change it. I have had it leave gouges in the wood. (IMHO). Profiles were cut on top and bottom plates. But remember that every surface needs to be properly cleaned. So for the round cuts, you can use a dowel of matching radius or get a set of these rubber profiles. Wrap sandpaper over it to clean the profile. Do not roll it over the square cut edge...

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Part 4: Campechy revival

07-01-2018 01:46 AM by Monte Pittman | 7 comments »

If any of you follow Charles’s videos, the current group is worth paying attention to. Background, a gentleman came to the shop with a bunch of parts for 3 chairs. The wood was from a tree on the family property that had been milled and air dried. So these chairs carry sentimental value. But after cutting the pieces he realized that he had made “some” mistakes. So in hopes of salvaging them, he brought them to Charles to finish. The style of the chairs is a Campeache (Thomas Jefferson chai...

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