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I was still deciding on how to put on the top bearer. After looking at tonight's movement, I don't trust a bridle joint staying true. I wouldn't even guess at which way the open mortise/tenon would move. That was my preference but not anymore. A removable pinned mortise and tenon joint was batting 2nd but I discarded that for the same reason I did the bridle joint. The leading contender now is a shallow mortise the same size as the bearer/stretcher. It will be the same joinery I used on the stretchers for the book shelves I made.
|it looks good|
|all of them are twisted|
|putting the toolbox back together comes first|
|too much paint on this corner|
|a Paul Sellers chiseling guide|
|my wife says this is a mess|
What organization did Henry Bergh establish in 1866?
answer - the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
My first shop sawing helpers were a pair of saw benches I adapted from Jim Toplin's in his book Traditional woodworker. These are big but not as heavy as the saw donkeys. However, the two of them take up more space than the saw donkeys. I used them for a while but put them aside. I didn't like the low down, have to kneel on the stock to saw something. These now live almost permanently in the bone yard.
The one thing I really like about the saw donkeys is the height of them. I can lean over and hold the stock with my off hand and saw with the other. My knees don't hurt nor my back, when I'm done using them. After seeing the Oregon Woodworker's blog post on his Krenov styled saw donkeys, I decided to make another set.
My first saw donkeys were made out of 4x4 stock and the new set is being made with 2x4's. That will reduce the weight of them by half. The other problem with them is the space issue. I don't use or need these all the time. So the time I don't need them, they are usually in the way. These new saw donkeys will be a knock down version. I will be able to take them apart and lay them flat up against a wall out of the way.
|filling nail holes|
|raw wood before the paint went on|
|some holidays here|
|extra screw holes from fixing the banding|
|barely damp rag for the nail hole cleanup|
|needs a another coat|
|this did the trick|
|debating whether or not to paint the bottom|
|the new saw donkey stock|
|my doodling for the new saw donkeys|
There are doubles in the drawing - I only need 2 top bearers, 2 feet, and two stretchers. I doubled them to account for knots and other headaches that I might of run into.
|this has to go somewhere else|
|this one is almost quarter sawn|
|angled brown knot|
|double triple checking my cut list|
|been a while|
|marked a plumb line to saw on|
|it helped a lot|
|no way to avoid any knots|
|everything cut to rough length|
|not in use - they eat up a lot of space|
|left over stock|
|getting an idea of what they will look like|
|^%#@!!)&;;;*(*$@%& rounded edges|
|this is toast|
|new stretcher rough sawn to length in the vise|
|pattern laid out|
|can't use the bandsaw|
|vertical cuts with the Zona|
|circular cut with the coping saw|
|looks ordinary and needs help|
|two step haircut|
|clipped the top notch to complete the make over|
|some divider work|
|set the mortise gauge to the divider points|
|quick look to see how flat the back is|
|touched up the tip|
|drilled 3 holes|
|not too bad of a mortise|
|it's a consistent 1/2" end to end|
|I painted it|
Which US President is third for having places named for him?
answer - Abraham Lincoln
I could make something like this from the Oregon Woodworker to tide me over project wise. I had made a set of these out of 4x4's last year (?) and they work but are a PITA to move around and use. I like the lighter look and weight of these. I am not a fan of a saw bench but I dido like sawing on my saw donkeys. I was still suffering from my bigger has to be better sickness when I made the 4x4 monsters I have. Lowes sells Douglas Fir 2x stock and I will make a run to get them tomorrow.
I should be working on new workbench. But my wife threw a huge monkey wrench into that happening. She decided that she wasn't paying the Lowes credit card bill anymore because I had paid off my VISA card. I had forgotten all about it because she has been paying it for the last few years. So I took all the $$$ I had saved up in the bank for the workbench and gave it to Lowes. The plan is to have it paid off by the end of October. I still have high hopes that I will at least be able to make the base for it this year.
|first use of the miter box|
The auxiliary base I used is 3/4" and it is not thick enough for this. I can barely make out the saw kerf made by the saw. If I remember it I'll get a 5/4 pine board from Lowes tomorrow. That thickness should be ok and I should be able to put a saw kerf in it.
|one 22.5° cut done|
|the before pic right off the saw|
|the 2nd after pic planed up|
|worth the calorie expenditure|
|need to fix one more thing|
|the right side has a gap|
|one more fix to do|
|my Preston chamfer spokeshave|
|that is the size I need|
|I bought an assortment package of washers|
|I couldn't find a fit|
|too loose in the 6mm hole|
|painting the toolbox|
What is the Great White Way?
answer - the nickname for the theater district on Broadway in New York City
I was looking at Lie Nielsen's miter box saws with the thought of maybe buying one. The largest saw they offer is 28" long with a 4" saw plate that is 0.032 thick. Both of the miter box saws I have are 0.045 and 0.048 thick. They are also longer than 28". LN is the only maker of saws that I know of that offers miter box saws but they state their saws will fit Langdon or Miller Falls miter boxes. I can't remember which of these Stanley bought out?
|pretty much even|
|replaced the phillips head screws|
|the far left and near right are high|
|it was awfully close|
This miter box frame is cast iron and cast iron is strong but not as strong as you might think. It is very easy to stress it causing a break or crack. I didn't think that far ahead when I did my love taps on the feet. What I should have done was check the lay of the land, remove the feet and whack them, put them back on and check it. Start the dance steps again if I didn't have a 4 point contact.. Sometimes you get lucky.
|front saw guide post|
|blurry pic of the screw|
|a little more than a 1/2" shy|
|the cut with the $25 saw I forgot last night|
|the $25 saw has a 3 1/2" plate|
|the big plate saw fits - it has a 4 3/4" plate|
|these hold downs|
|sawed a 90 and then a R/L 45|
|pretty good for off the saw with a molded profile|
|better profile fit and still square|
|found a piece of plywood for a base|
|it pays to be a pack rat|
|it's new home for now|
|both saws will live here|
What is the last element on the periodic table?
answer - Ununoctium
|almost forgot this|
|all the parts are here|
|axle hitch grease|
|not lining up|
|the angle detent|
|the smaller pin is for the angle detent|
|the light bulb came on when I saw this.|
|how it has to go on|
|how it goes on|
|setting the tension|
|the base feet are toast|
|found some help|
|multiple saw cuts|
|this is a pretty good lucking dry fitted 45°|
|I can definitely live with this|
|supposed to have two of these|
I checked under the bench where I keep the planes and hadn't fallen there. I swept the floor and piled the shavings up and sifted through them trying to find it. No joy. I then ran a magnet through it and I only found that my #6 screws I used on the shipping box are magnetic. I didn't find what I was looking for.
|look what I found|
|what is this?|
|they are laying flat here|
What did Francis Crick and James Watson find in 1953?
answer - they are credited with discovering the DNA double helix
|another after dinner outing|
|replaced the screws with miller dowels|
|I'll put a piece of foam on top of it when I ship it|
|sawing this is as easy as ripping a piece of paper|
|didn't even clog the teeth|
|the most important part|
|sawed the proud off on the bandsaw|
|ready to address and ship|
The big storm we were supposed to get turned out to be the big bust. The forecast was for 3-5 inches of rain and 50 MPH plus winds wednesday night. When I went to work this morning it didn't even look like it had rained. And I saw no wind damage anywhere on the drive in to work. The next few days will be cloudy with off and on rain until sunny skies come back on saturday. What I went through is nothing compared to what the people in the south had to endure.
What is a milquetoast person?
answer - someone who is meek or timid
These are the dovetails I expect of myself each and everytime I do them. On the times I fail to meet this standard, I have to use epoxy.
|top edge flushed and cleaned up|
|till fits and slides easily R/L and L/R|
|the determining factor|
|the way I wanted the rule to go|
|got his herd of planes in the box|
|it's temporary home|
|first temporary home|
|is it ok to change your mind on tools|
|Lee Valley throw away|
|old time marking knife|
|back is flat and shiny|
|this is what I've come around to again|
|cleanly incised line and easy to see|
|clean and neat line too|
|my squares are getting chewed up|
I also have a Lee Valley spear point marking knife with a wooden handle I forgot to snap a pic of. The business end of that has a broader, shorter profile than my big knife. I tried that for a few days and put it away. I didn't like that one at all. I will try to do all my marking with the old knife for now and see what shakes out with it.
|one of Miles panel saws|
|I like the hang on this saw|
|getting an idea for the saw till size|
|as is it is 6"|
|until I make the saw till|
|screwed the corners|
|glued and cooking|
What are Stratocumulus, Stratus, Cumulus, Cumulonimbus clouds classified as?
answer - Low Level Clouds (0 to 1.25 miles)
I am not going to put saws in the toolbox. I had watched a toolbox presentation on the evolution of them from about 1660 up to the late 1800's. According to the person presenting he said saws were not commonly kept in toolboxes. I found that hard to understand when all the tools a craftsman needed were supposedly in the toolbox. How did he saw anything? The presenter said saws were kept in a separate saw till. Although he did show a few chests with saws stowed in the lid and in the interior bottom.
I like the idea of a separate saw till to hold Miles saws. I have a crosscut and rip saw for him already and I am going to get a dovetail, carcass, and tenon saw too. Making a saw till for him will free up that space in the toolbox for other tools.
|blue tape to the rescue|
|I can't see it|
|cleaned and flushed up the top|
|gluing on the bottom|
|glued, clamped, and cooking|
|the before and after|
|found some screws|
|set my 4" square to the depth|
|screw holes done|
|should have erased that pencil line|
|laid it out right on this side|
|they work well|
|I don't like the flat look on the ends|
|my backyard maple tree|
On the Bob Newhart show (1970's), what was the apartment number he lived in?
answer - 523
I like this chain trick and how it dealt with an annoying problem with the chain falling into a till. The problem with that is the chain coils in the till and it can catch tools and pull them up as the lid is opened. I think my problem with not finding the chain trick again is I watch and read a lot of things. Just punch in tool chest in on You tube you will get over whelmed with videos. I'll keep looking and I might come across it again.
|after dinner on saturday|
|can you work epoxy with hand tools|
|out of the clamps|
|larger of the tills|
|easily pulled the other sides apart|
|large till dry fitted back together and it slides|
|smaller till survived the planing clean up|
|the two tills won't fit in the big till|
|the larger till|
|squared the frame and took a coffee break|
|the smaller till|
|the two tail sides will be shortened|
|the larger till|
|gluing the bottom on the larger till|
|sawed and squared up the new sides|
|did my layout|
|something was wrong|
|my tail lines slant in the wrong direction|
|sawed a practice one|
|got it finally|
|crappy fit - it's too proud|
|the other end|
|ganged sawed the tails|
|chopping the pins|
|back to my mastery|
|glued up and squared|
|big till fits|
|needs to be cleaned up|
|this would work|
|the marking gauges fit in the bottom|
|won't fit in the top till|
What are the seven seas of the world.
answer - Antarctic, Arctic, Indian, North Pacific, North Atlantic, South Pacific, and South Atlantic
I'm still at a loss for deciding on some kind of a handle for any of the tills. The two small tills (or trays) on the top aren't a high priority. The bottom, big till, needs some kind of handle help. This one has to come out in order to get to the bottom of the toolbox. Miles isn't going to be using this for quite a while so I have time to cook up a few ideas.
|plywood bottom glued on|
|the original toolbox banding|
|two braces done|
|first batter after lunch|
|one thing I didn't want to see|
|change 2 to the bottom|
The second change was gluing the braces down. At first I was going to glue and screw them and changed that to just screwing them. My reasoning was it would easier to replace any one of them if needed. On change 3 I went back to glue and screwing them due to the increased strength. Replacing them is still doable but it will involve some chisel and planing I'm sure.
|made the screw holes before gluing the braces on|
|5 screws per brace, all of them clocked|
|Miles's Stanley 71 box|
|braces are fine|
|figuring the size of the tills|
|stock for the two tills|
|roughly 3/8" above the till|
|till side and bottom|
|single tail tills|
|kept them together|
|chopped the pins|
|nutso glue up|
|the smaller till|
How much does a ten pin bowling pin weigh?
answer - 3 pounds 6 ounces
The fitting of the till went off without any hiccups in spite of me soaking my T-shirt. I'm regretting now that I didn't stop and get the 1/4" birch plywood for the bottom. I could have glued it on tonight and moved on to making the moving tills to put into it. I'll get the plywood first thing in the AM. What kind of sucks is I have three 4' x 4' pieces of underlayment plywood. But this stuff isn't meant to be used for drawer/box bottoms. They will do for cabinet backs but not for my till bottom.
|solid wood bottom|
|cleaning the long sides|
|new piece of plywood|
|left side of the toolbox|
|used my grandson's #3|
|labeled the bottom|
|I planed both sides of the long sides of the toolbox|
|got it fitted|
The size of an egg tells you the minimum required net weight per dozen eggs. It does not refer to the dimensions of an egg or how big it looks. How much does a dozen large eggs weigh?
answer - 24 ounces
I am making one big till that won't slide even a frog hair. In that big till I am thinking of putting two sliding tills. These will both be about 1/3 the size of the big one. I will experiment with this build as it is virgin territory for me. I can't do anything wrong because it is for my grandson and it will be his first exposure to it.
|my two dovetail saws|
|not a good choice|
Another point I point I thought about was the size of the plate. Most dovetail saws I see have much smaller plates. This was originally a crosscut tenon saw I got in my late 20's that sat around unloved. Turning it into a dovetail saw to use on small stock didn't up it getting more love. Maybe I'll try it to saw a tenon with it which I've not done yet.
I've read that the thinner the stock, one should use a smaller saw with finer teeth. What I found is that I can at least saw dovetails with stock down to 3/8" thick with the LN saw. These aren't the thinnest dovetails I've done neither. That honor goes to a 1/4" thick box that I sawed the dovetails with a Zona saw. Another point I learned is that dovetails are dovetails and the size of them doesn't matter. You still do them all the same way regardless of the size.
|dry looks good|
I got two choices on that. The first is to put it in the interior or apply it to the plywood bottom. If I put it on the bottom I'll have to put at least two so the till won't rock when it is taken out. If it is in the interior it will divide the big till in two. I'm not fond of either choice but I'm not liking the size of that bottom being unsupported further somehow.
|two hairs too long|
|glued up with hide glue|
|this was a PITA|
In target archery, what is the bull's eye worth?
answer - 10 points
|the till stock|
|Stanley 71 box done|
|it fits beneath the bearer for the till.|
|squared one end of the till pieces|
|squared the other end|
And that is the way it was, Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
45 rpm vinyl records when first made in 1949 and came in various colors. What did the color green mean?
answer - that it was a country record - Eddie Arnold had the first song on the first 45 made by RCA
|not the title senior moment|
|it's a snug fit side to side|
|top of the scrap is the bottom of the bearer|
|getting the length of till|
|sawing the till parts to rough length|
|long side is about 3/16 too long|
|the same with the ends|
|choices for the bottom|
|first handle idea|
|the blog title senior moment|
|almost bottomed out|
|cutting it down|
|enough room to screw this in/out with my ham hock fingers|
|I would need a stubby|
|glued with hide glue - this will be done tomorrow|
|the man in brown came|
What is the birthday flower for November?
answer - chrysanthemum
I like typing a Stanley tool. It's cool to see how it progressed from initial production to what you are holding in your hands now. The progression of the 71 was interesting. The special attachment didn't show up for over 10 years.
|been a day it should have set up|
|won't fit where I want it|
|it barely fits here|
Another problem is the weight is now all concentrated on this side of the box. Not a deal killer but there isn't much I can do about it.
|the lid clears the irons|
|still no screws for the fence|
|got a 16th now|
|bearer on the chain side|
|the till side|
|this looks to be enough room|
|grecian ovolo on the bottom, the top one I don't the name of it|
|better choice for the bearer|
|this should work|
On the Universal Product Code (bar code), what is signified by the digits 2 to 6?
answer - the Product's manufacturer as assigned by the Uniform Code Council
I didn't get much done in the shop today but I did have a late day burst working on the 71 box. I figured out how to stow the three irons. I am still waiting on the screws to come in for the fence so that will hold up being 100% done with the box. Maybe I'll get them tomorrow.
|made a change with the banding|
|this will replace it|
|checking the two pieces|
|4 1/2 feet of molding shavings|
|yikes! the left hand molding came out like crap|
|right end molding (bottom) came out ok|
|4 1/2 isn't wide enough to use on the jig going R or L|
|surprisingly, this worked very well|
|I had to take one more trimming run|
|this should be more than enough wiggle room|
|right corner dialed in to set the short side|
|first rough cut and check|
|sneaking up on the fit|
|an hour later|
|I'm happy with this fit|
|off the saw|
|how I snuck up on the fit|
|how I kept my placement of the molding|
|clipped them off close|
|box lid lightly clapped shut|
|two sides done|
|one more piece and this will be done|
|the 71 box|
|got an idea for stowing the irons|
|nailed the miters|
|I screwed this down rather then glue it|
|two of the screws broke off|
|I can hide these two|
|first screw hole hidden|
|using hide glue for this in case I need to reverse or repair it|
|my iron storage idea|
Tomorrow I will plane and clean this up. I think I might have enough room on the right to put the fence there. If I don't I will make something else to hold the fence. I glued this and set aside to set up.
The US $500 bill was discontinued in 1969 but they are still legal tender. Whose picture was on it?
answer - President William McKinley
|Ohio tool catalog|
|stock to complete the dust seal|
|I chamfered the overhang|
|leaves a gap I don't like|
|the first cut on my left forearm|
|removed the back hinge rail|
|this is not a scratch|
After I opened the second nice sized wound, I did take my head out of my arse and put it on the bench.
|a couple of hours later|
|planed the inside too|
|ledge, hook, thing-a-ma-bob, what is this called|
|second profile done|
|profiles match up perfectly|
|back to the box|
|3/8" stock for the tills|
|UPS on a saturday|
|Lee Valley free shipping until the 11th|
|1/4" and 1/8" irons|
|the Lee Valley irons are about a 1/2" longer|
|tried two more molders|
|a flat, a bead, and a fillet|
|another grecian ovolo (bottom)|
|the two ovolos|
|the two ovolo plane soles|
I may not be able to resaw worth a bucket of spit, but using molding planes is picking up for me. I tried five of them today and I went 5 for 5. The downside to that is I'm running out of room to stow them. My plane till is getting awfully crowded and making another one may get promoted to the A list.
|Stanley 71 depth shoe|
What is the largest single drop waterfall in the US?
answer - the Ribbon Waterfall in Yosemite National Park
|changed my mind on this|
|1/8" plywood bottom|
|forgot to flush the bottom and check it for twist first|
|still no ideas on storage for these|
|practice till stock|
|not a good start|
|the side I started first|
|this is crappola|
|I might be able to salvage the left one|
|not much room left|
|I like this better|
|some of the tools for the till(s)|
|sometimes you get lucky|
|derusting a molding plane iron|
|loose piece of boxing|
|warming up the hide glue|
|got a hump on the back|
|back is flat now|
|coarse sharpening done|
Who is the only US President to have a national park named for him?
answer - Theodore Roosevelt
|all checked out|
|small flat head screw|
|depth shoe screw|
The fence screw I did get in today's blog post. It's a 10-24 x 3/8" and I think it is too short. I ordered some 10-24 x 1/2" & 3/4" screws, along with #10 washers, hex nuts, and wing nuts. I'll get them next week.
|these are the same size|
I would bet the ranch that these screws and the one on the depth shoe would have been all the same size.
|this one is hard to measure|
|the stud is a 1/4-28 so the thumb wheel is the same size|
|stud for a bench plane tote|
|I tried a few more just to be sure|
|got my new fence screw|
|it fits in all four fence holes|
|it fits and holds the fence securely|
|screw appears to be short (front hole on the left)|
|it's a 10-24 screw|
|no problems threading the wood with the screw|
|making a tap|
|stowing the fence screw here for now|
|cleaned up and made the chamfer a bit wider with a chisel|
|chiseled most of the pencil line off|
|calling the box done and ready to shellac|
|forgot to saw a bevel on the front|
|this is where I found out I had been misspelling his name|
|from this side too|
|the bottom has no half pin and it is mitered|
|I had made a second one I didn't glue|
|the first half blinds I ever made|
|a mitered bridle joint|
|shellac comes tomorrow|
It was held for the first time on this date in 1921. What was it?
answer - the American Beauty Pageant