Father - Daughter Project #5: bread boards are done

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 05-06-2012 12:38 AM 8596 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Top is looking good.... ready for bread boards Part 5 of Father - Daughter Project series Part 6: Back at it »

Decided to do the groove in the bread boards on the router table with a slot cutter bit

And then to do the tounge on the end grain of the top with a rabbet bit. I often find the parallel set up bars used with the machinist vice on my bench top mill come in handy for set ups. They are 1/8” thick, so in this case two of them inserted in the groove with a feeler guage leaf was snug as a bug in a rug. This allowed me to match the rabbet bit height to groove bottom.

the result was a nice snug fit…. which, do to the slight warp of the panel, needed a little love tap from my assistant.

and here’s the completed top, ready for a final sanding.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 05-06-2012 02:57 AM

That turned out very well and the shop time with your daughter was priceless!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 05-06-2012 11:26 PM

A well made piece and a workshop angel. Is there anything better?

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 12:09 AM

Nuttin better than some good quality time with one o yer own. Priceless, and memorable for all. OH, the project is comin along well also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 12:17 AM

The panel looks awesome…

From the picture of your router table, it looks like the setup was set to run the piece between the fence and the bit. If that is the case, that is a very dangerous operation. With the rotation of the bit, it could throw the workpiece, pulling your hand into the bit.

-- San Diego, CA

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 03:22 AM

Router table snaps were taken after the fact to show the cutters used. Fence was flush with guide bearing for the cut…...

We’re both pleased with the panel. I sanded the bread boards flush today and hit the whole thing with 150 grit on the jitterbug. It’s looking really nice now.

Looking for recommendations for finishing. Thinking abot having the top and the rails and styles a medium shade coloer like Golden Oak and the panels (which were milled from a cant that came from a different tree) a lighter color.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 11-17-2013 11:38 PM

I know the project is done, but I wanted to chime in as a daughter.

It is SO wonderful that you worked with her in the shop. Even if she doesn’t pursue woodworking, you’re teaching here that she CAN do anything and that learning is a lifelong process.

Anyone can be a father, it takes a special person to be a Dad. You’re a good Dad.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 11-18-2013 04:09 AM

Thanks for your kind words Sandra.

I consider Husband and Dad as the most important jobs I’ll ever have.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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