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last day off.......

Accidental Woodworker - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:15am
I took a few days off from work to give me a long weekend. Today was the last one and I had big plans for today. Unfortunately those plans were like mice and men and I got nothing done.  I've been sleeping later in the mornings and after lunch I've been fighting to stay awake and not nap. I think I may have to do another one of these long weekends again. Doing that on the weekend I get the wood for my new workbench sounds good. My brother-in-law has a van I can borrow and I won't have to worry about the weather.

#2 Stanley
This plane didn't have the right washers for the frog screws when I got it. I thought I hadn't changed out them yet because I have 4 of them in the goodie bag. I thought I should only have two, so I checked the #2.

got the right washer
I don't remember doing this but I'll take it. I now have two sets of extra washers.

sharpening day
I was only going to do the hand routers but I needed the #7 later for the door. The 4 1/2 was leaving ridges so it had a chip on the edge and #8 didn't plane the end grain on the panels that well.  I did 8 tools today.

the #7 had a chip too
I had remove a big chip on the 80 grit runway.

how I tell what has been done
The irons waiting to be sharpened I leave together I didn't sharpen them in order R/L or L/R. I do the smallest irons first and the biggest one last. If I had kept at this it would have taken me about an hour. With a couple of breaks and numerous yawning bouts, it took me until after lunchtime. I still had to sharpen the #8 then. I got all the tools stropped, cleaned, oiled, and road tested by 1400.

I have a drawer with extra irons for all these planes. I got them for two purposes. One is to have a spare iron or two. Secondly it is to have an iron ready to go that I can swap out while I am working. This way I won't have to stop and sharpen and I can get right back to work.

What I don't want is to get in the habit of taking a dull iron out of a plane and grabbing a sharp one from the drawer if I'm not working on something.  I think that I should rotate them out and I'll do that the next time I sharpen an iron. I'll have to get in the habit of taking a sharp one out and putting a sharp back in it's place.

time to start working on the door
I was upstairs dozing off at my desk and I got up and came down to the shop. I had thought that I would get the door done and painted today. That didn't happen sports fans.

putting a 36" clamp in or out of the clamp rack
I have put/take the 36" clamps in/from the rack at an angle. My ceilings are low so I can't go straight up.

it's a tight fit
The clamp slides along until it gets to it's slot and then I turn it 90° to put it up. I do the reverse to take one out. It's a bit of a PITA but acceptable.  I made it this tight because I didn't want this to stick out from the wall too far.  There isn't that much room between the wall and the end of the workbench.

thought of  putting the bottom one on hinges
 I liked this idea as it would make it easier to take clamps out and put them back. But I wanted this up and functional so I skipped the hinge idea. I wouldn't be able to use this on this clamp bar as I don't think it is stiff enough. With the bar clamp bar open it would have to support a 24" arm plus the weight of the clamps. The clamps are aluminum and light but the bar is far from the hinge point and would need some additional support.

I want to do another clamp rack here with hinged clamp bars
sawing off the tenon overhang
sawed off and flushed the dowels
started flushing with the center rail
the back of the door
The center stile is flush at the top and bottom. The rails are proud of the stiles and that is all I have to flush on this side.

sawed the horns off, I'll flush them later
one of the better looking tenon mortise joints
the best of the 4
#3 M/T - the wedges expanded in all of the M/T
the last M/T
I thought I had more meat on the outside. Next time I'll make the haunch at least 3/8".

center stile M/T
the other center stile M/T
This was the first center stile tenon I trimmed and I butchered it good. It was because of this fit that I decided to use pins and to wedge the tenons. The door is being painted and all the nooks and crannies will be filled with Durhams putty first. I think I may fill some of the bigger gaps with epoxy like this one.

sometimes you get lucky
The door isn't twisted which surprised me. I was expecting some and I had none.

the cabinet front is not twisted neither
I have two things going in my favor here. The door is flat and the cabinet face the door will lay on is flat too.

the door is an 1/8" out of square
I planed the hinge side edge flat, straight, and square. This will be my reference for hanging the door on the cabinet. The door is about a 1/8" wider than the width and an 1" longer than the top to bottom length.

the door is aligned on the hinge side
The top of the door is off on the opposite side an 1/8".

the bottom with lots of overhang
The bottom overhang is staying. I did this because I thought I would use the bottom of the door to open and close it sans a knob/handle. If I trim the bottom of it to match the cabinet, I'll saw into the M/T and expose them on both sides.

problem at the top
The top I have to square up. I can't have the top not aligned with the top of the cabinet. It would stick out like a beacon.  This end of the door is the low spot for squaring. I have start almost right at the bottom of the haunch and taper up going to the other end. The square line ends at the top of the opposite corner.

I set the door aside for now while I decide how to best square up the top of it.

#4 plane for my grandson
Got the last coat of paint on this. Just have to shine it back it up and road test it.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
How many US Presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery?
answer - only two, Kennedy and Taft

CBN wheel for the Tormek grinder

Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:42pm
Woodturner's Wonders CBN wheel for Tormek
I was pretty much content with my Tormek for grinding tools for 16 years. It sacrificed speed for relaxed and reliable grinding with excellent jigs, especially the SE-77. Though that tradeoff suits me, I like woodworking a lot more than sharpening, so a faster pace at the grindstone was always welcome. Thus I was drawn […] 0
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Issue Three Pre-orders Open!

The Mortise & Tenon Magazine Blog - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 9:01pm
The moment has come at last!

(with an option to “Auto-renew” each year)


you can pre-order Issue 3 by itself HERE.
Also check out our brand-new eBook!
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Tools that changed small-shop woodworking

Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 8:39pm
small woodworking shop
Here’s a question just for fun. In the past 30-40 years, which advance in tooling has made the biggest practical change in small shop furniture making? An individual tool, a type of tool, or a major upgrade in a tool category, hand or power, all qualify. The answer will depend on the definition of “small […] 0
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Done With Dividers? Apparently Not

Lost Art Press: Chris Schwarz - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:53pm


Making dividers – hundreds and hundreds of them – has been our obsession most of this year.

As a result, we at Crucible Tool have been burning through sanding belts. We have become quite good at precision reaming (stop snickering, or we’ll give you a taste of it). And we have become connoisseurs of legs that spread apart – without any slop – in the grip of a firm hand (again, you don’t want a piece of this).

As a result, since early June, we have been able to keep up with orders for the dividers in the crucibletool.com store. That has been mostly due to the thankless detail work from John and Raney (really, I just eat bonbons all day and bark orders).


John Hoffman – assembling and inspecting the dividers.

So if you have been itching to own a pair, we now have plenty. They are $187, which includes domestic shipping. Yes, we are working on getting them into the markets in Canada, the UK and Europe.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Crucible Tool so far this year. We are now working on our fourth tool, which we hope to release before the end of 2017. In the meantime, we have plenty of holdfasts, design curves and dividers boxed up and ready for immediate delivery.

— Christopher Schwarz

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