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Blog entry by shawnSK posted 04-17-2020 01:25 AM 411 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finishing up took quite a while. I made a chisel rack from a length of thin poplar. And I made spacers from the same thin poplar. But I doubled my work since the spacer wood was not thick enough to accommodate larger tools. I basically cut the wood twice and laminated them to make each spacer, then glued them to the main piece.

Lots of cutting and gluing and double checking. I only glued one spacer in the wrong spot, and caught my mistake before the glue had time to set. I made one too wide and had to saw it apart and chisel out the overage.

I was also building the rack for tools I didn’t own yet. In the meantime I placed a Lee Valley order. Instead of guessing, I decided to wait until the new chisels arrived to properly layout the rack.

With the rack complete, I sanded everything. The ends, especially the curved edges needed 80/120/220 grit, the poplar sides, only 220. I eased the sides with a block plane.

As COVID-19 was emerging, I panic-bought some lumber and some General Finishes Enduro Var semi gloss. I’m finishing in an apartment and someone had pointed out water-based finishes only have a slight odour. I had wanted to try shellac, but any type of dissolving alcohol is impossible to find in Canada these days. Plus I was curious about off-the-shelf options too.

I brushed on three coats of Enduro Var. It goes on fairly well. It runs easily, and being water-based it’s easy to accidentally push drips further rather than sopping them up, but I got the hang of it by the end of the second coat. Sometimes I used the brush on its side to get even coverage in tough areas.

Three screws hold the chisel rack in place and can be removed if I decide I need to adjust the layout for some reason.

Overall it’s very functional, fits the tools I use most, and was a nice project. I began this back in January and learned too many things to count every time I worked on it for an hour or an evening. I really like how it turned out.

And now it’s full! It gets heavy pretty quickly. Haha.

The highs and lows of this build are in two other blog posts.

Part 1 – https://www.lumberjocks.com/shawnSK/blog/130781
Part 2 – https://www.lumberjocks.com/shawnSK/blog/130856

-- Shawn, Saskatchewan



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Andre

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#1 posted 04-17-2020 05:38 AM

Looks pretty darn good! Was actually thinking about building something simalar for our 2×4 contest this year (May) but with this crazy Corona crap not going to happen. I have had the Shellac thinner in my cart at Lee Valley for so long now , just about to give up! Ecopoxy out of Winnipeg sells DNA but apparently difficult to ship is what Windsor Plywood tells me.
Really like the finger prints you left, sort of my trademark:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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retired_guru

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#2 posted 04-17-2020 04:05 PM

Two thumbs up, Shawn. A perfect project to teach and inspire you to continue on. I look forward to seeing more of your work. One word of advice (like you need it from the likes of me!) is to continue buying only the tools and equipment you need, that which you can’t accomplish with what you already have now. This insures a slow build-up of tools, but each and every one serves your needs or eventually gets replaced.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#3 posted 04-17-2020 05:22 PM

Nice Job!
That looks very well made and useful.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon

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#4 posted 04-18-2020 03:18 PM

Looks Good Shawn…now on to a Maloof rocker!

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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shawnSK

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#5 posted 04-20-2020 10:05 PM



Looks pretty darn good! Was actually thinking about building something simalar for our 2×4 contest this year (May) but with this crazy Corona crap not going to happen. I have had the Shellac thinner in my cart at Lee Valley for so long now , just about to give up! Ecopoxy out of Winnipeg sells DNA but apparently difficult to ship is what Windsor Plywood tells me.
Really like the finger prints you left, sort of my trademark:)

- Andre

Fingerprints. I like that name. There are a few throughout, for sure! I just about bought some isopropyl from Peavey Mart a week before COVID-19 hit the area, and now I don’t think they’ll ever have stock. Is the 2×4 contest a Lumberjcoks event?

-- Shawn, Saskatchewan

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shawnSK

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#6 posted 04-20-2020 10:06 PM



Looks Good Shawn…now on to a Maloof rocker!

- Tony_S

Haha. Totally. Those look super easy to make.

-- Shawn, Saskatchewan

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shawnSK

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#7 posted 04-20-2020 10:10 PM



Two thumbs up, Shawn. A perfect project to teach and inspire you to continue on. I look forward to seeing more of your work. One word of advice (like you need it from the likes of me!) is to continue buying only the tools and equipment you need, that which you can t accomplish with what you already have now. This insures a slow build-up of tools, but each and every one serves your needs or eventually gets replaced.

- Retired Guru

Thanks Paul. I’m good for tools now. Eventually maybe a better block plane or a router/shoulder/rabbet plane or something, but I feel I have to earn it first. (And figure what I’d use most.) I’m going to make a few jigs and shop tools, try out the poor man’s router I saw on Paul Seller’s site. Then I’ll work on a stool? Side table? Something small and furniture-y.

-- Shawn, Saskatchewan

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retired_guru

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#8 posted 04-20-2020 10:17 PM


Thanks Paul. I m good for tools now. Eventually maybe a better block plane or a router/shoulder/rabbet plane or something, but I feel I have to earn it first. (And figure what I d use most.) I m going to make a few jigs and shop tools, try out the poor man s router I saw on Paul Seller s site. Then I ll work on a stool? Side table? Something small and furniture-y.

- shawnSK

Yep. Good for you, Shawn. Sage advice you’re following. You obviously didn’t get it from me. In retrospect, I should have started out with less, use simpler methods until I really knew what I needed, not just wanted.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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shawnSK

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#9 posted 04-20-2020 10:23 PM


In retrospect, I should have started out with less, use simpler methods until I really knew what I needed, not just wanted.

- Retired Guru

It helps that none of my local hardware stores carry much that’s useful for apartment woodworking and the nearest Lee Valley is 2 hours away. Definitely saves me from impulse buys. I’m sure if I held a couple planes in my hand they’d come home with me.

-- Shawn, Saskatchewan

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