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I took a break from the shop and my wife and I went out for an Easter lunch. I had the traditional ham dinner and my wife opted for turkey. We went to Gregg's and the place was packed. It seems that a lot of families were letting Gregg's do the cooking and the cleaning up today. I like Gregg's because they serve real mashed potatoes and not the instant crap that tastes wet cardboard.
|late start today|
|not as annoying as this is|
|ready to unclamp|
|out of the clamps|
|left turn into my grain problem|
|back to my rocking problem|
|this corner and the back diagonal one are high|
|making sure I stay square|
|sawed off the left side by eye|
|sawing the right side|
|just enough clearance to use the block plane to clean it up|
|more of the mystery whitish spots|
|the after scraping pic|
|thinning the lid for the box|
|doing something different|
|rough sawn length|
|planed the front chamfer|
|rabbets are next|
|the astragals comes after the lid is fitted|
|rabbets done , fitting for the width|
|very shallow rabbet|
|width almost there|
|glued it back on and took a break|
|a bit nerve wracking to do|
Next batter here is getting the faucet set installed (can't find it) and some new piping for the drain. I bought two kitchen strainers because nowadays you only get a sink and nothing else.
The astragals were planed after I got the lid sliding in and out easily. The thumb catch still needs to be done.
|cut up some walnut scrap for plugs|
|the hard plugs to do|
|the easy ones|
|trimming the plugs flush|
|the box is this close to getting the finish|
I thought I would have time to work on the bookcase but I didn't feel like it. After I got back from having the Easter lunch with my wife, I finished the box and shut the lights out.
What did the french engineer Louis Reard create in june 1946?
answer - the bikini
|1/4" thick solid banding|
|it was going to hide the plywood edges|
|fixing my problem pin and tail corner|
|now the tails are seated in the pin sockets.|
|still a bit proud but not as bad|
|sizing the plywood bottom|
|perfect measuring stick|
|a little fussing and the bottom was fitted|
|making a test groove|
|thin web left|
|cleaned up the interior and now I'm ready to go to glue up|
|exit end of the lid groove|
|the entry end|
|small router won't fit|
|didn't move these two|
|what I should have done|
|no cutout look of the base|
|bookcase on my desk|
|glued up with hide glue|
|pit stop for some sheet rock work|
|needed a pattern|
|cleaned up with a rasp, spokeshave, and 120 grit sandpaper|
|handy biscuit gadget|
|I was able to get 3 #20 biscuits in the base|
|small reveal on the inside|
|got my four smaller bearing points|
|checking the measurement scale - set at 1"|
|1" from the bottom of the fence to the center of the saw blade|
|cleaning up the outside of the ends|
On the right side I tried the #3, the card scraper, the #80 scraper and got nowhere with them. The grain was fuzzy feeling after I used each one. I was making good shavings but the surface felt like sandpaper. The 220 grit sanding block I bought gave the best results and left a somewhat smooth surface.
Another thing the sanding block did was to highlight grain 'pockets'. It left areas where the grain looked rough but felt smooth. They were hollow areas and I used the card scraper to remove as much as I could. I had to be careful here because I didn't want scrape a bigger hollow trying to remove the grain problem.
|glue ups suck|
|glad I saved the cutout waste|
|trying a fix|
|three 2x4 sheets of plywood|
Who was Danuta Rosani?
answer - he was the first Olympic athlete to be disqualified for taking drugs (1976 Montreal Olympics)
Came to a stop on the walnut bookshelf. If the bookshelf is placed on the bases dry, it doesn't rock. I like the big solid look of the bases with out any cutouts. What I don't want to bet the ranch on is that gluing the bases on to the ends won't introduce any twist or some other stupid wood trick that will throw it off kilter enough to make it rock. I will probably make a cutout but I'm going to sit on making that call for a day or two.
|worked on the sliding lid box|
I've been doing dovetails now for about 6 years and I have slowly gotten better and better doing them. I've had to address, train, and practice for other things that I wasn't doing right with them and I'll do the same with this. I tried to deal with only one issue at a time if I could and now sawing plumb is the next culprit.
I'm happy with my sawing of the tails and the half pins. My chiseling of the waste is ok but it's something that I can't be complacent about. Because that has a habit of biting me on the arse. Fixing the out of square plumb cuts is easy to do with a chisel, but I want to saw the pins plumb the first time.
|waste chopped out|
|off the saw|
The right side on the pin board is a bit proud and I'll have to look why that is.
|the back looks good|
|the left side too|
|flushing the bottom|
|x marks the bottom where the groove will go|
|depth and distance for the groove set|
|had to move the scrap|
|time to quit|
Captain Hanson Gregory invented this. It has neither weight nor density and it can be seen but not felt. What did he invent?
answer - the donut hole
Peter left a comment explaining how to do it and although I didn't see it right away, I did after thinking about it. I was able to mentally picture doing it and it worked that way. I just have to figure out how to set the biscuit machine to the centerline of the ends. Thanx for the comment Peter and sharing the fix for all to read.
|I have to make a copy of this but in solid wood|
|found a piece of ash|
|If I understand what Peter said|
|the biscuit joiner has to be set to the center of the end|
|the second biscuit cuts|
|practice piece of pine for centerline practice|
|set at 5/8"|
|red line is aligned with the centerline|
|tried to get the centerline with the spacer|
|I split it this time|
|the reveal is different|
|no light showing|
|almost forgot my new rule|
|the LN honing guide PITA|
|raised a burr on all 3 on my coarsest diamond stone|
|what a difference sharp makes|
|I'll do the pins tomorrow|
|something new to try|
|the bottom and top|
|found the lid|
This box will be getting a plywood bottom and due to it's size I'm going with 1/4". I won't be gluing it to the bottom but it will be set in a groove along the inside bottom edge. Haven't decided yet on making stopped grooves or plowing straight on through.
Who was Burleigh Grimes?
answer - A Hall of Frame MLB Pitcher who threw the last legal spitball in 1934
try to do any errands on the way home on wednesdays too. Today I was under the gun to get the garbage curbside, ASAP, because rain had been threatening to fall since lunch time. I'm too old, fat, and slow to run inbetween rain drops anymore.
|the wife's bookcase is history|
|what the holes looked like right out of the box|
|sawed up some of this to go into the shitcan too|
|25 minutes later|
|ready to go|
|test idea hit a roadblock|
|made an angled saw cut on the right side|
|I like it but not this one|
|angle went too far|
|had time to saw the tails|
|used a chisel|
|small scraper cleaned it up|
|time to quit|
How many volumes are in the Pentagon Papers (the study of Vietnam War)?
answer - 47
My wife bought a bookcase because she said she didn't want to wait for me to make one. She bought a knock down, vinyl covered sawdust and glue piece of crappola that she threw away. 6 of the 8 corner screws blew out so there was no way it could be put together. I told her no that I could not screw or glue it together. I am now making her a bookcase but she won't tell what style etc she wants but I know when it's done, it won't be to her liking. I've heard I'll like whatever you make too many times go south. I'll get the wood for it and my computer work desk at the same time.
My split and repaired leg computer desk is working very well and instead of making the real one out of plywood, I am going to use solid wood. I would show pics of it in action but I am not allowed to take pics at work. I did not know that until it was pointed out to me.
|awaiting the unclamping|
|piece of maple|
|this thought went south|
|the angles look better sitting on the base|
|I could rent out that space to park cars|
|squared and got the box parts to length|
|from R to L|
|not even close|
|checking my router plane sole|
|a wee bit rough in this area on both sides.|
|used a flat and a round file|
|filed and sanded the arris on the slot on both sides|
|noticed something tonight|
|my other router plane|
|laid out the tails for the next sliding lid box|
|back to the bases|
|both ends are close in thickness|
|now comes the hard part|
|make a slot in the base|
|do I center the one on the ends?|
|I haven't forgotten the clock|
What is the state flower of the State of Massachusetts?
answer - the mayflower
|have to make the back slats the same length|
|without the plywood piece I was getting dust|
|with the plywood piece - wispy shavings|
|decided to do the angles first|
I planed the front cuts smooth and square now but I left the top rough as the came off the saw. I'll do them after I glue the bases to the ends.
|labeled the top cutoffs|
|first molding choice|
|using hide glue|
|need gap filler|
|tapped it home|
|checking for clearance|
|keeping an eye on my clamping pressure|
|road test with my largest hardcover book|
|road test with an average size book.|
|last shelf dado done|
|my only piece of walnut|
|the bases are too long|
|looks better to my eye|
|squaring up the back slats|
|I was wrong|
|back slat mortises laid out and ready to be chopped out|
|bit of a gap I don't want|
|couldn't find a book|
|got a good fit|
|double checking my depth|
|1 1/2" butt chisel|
|light reflected off the top|
|see the light areas on the two outside corners|
|no light areas from the 80 grit|
|tiny bit of light|
|my coarse diamond stone|
|3 more boxes|
|playing with the angles|
|kind of ready to glue up|
Who was the first captain of the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701?
answer - Robert April
|layout for the shelf and back slats|
|3 back slats|
|not black yet|
|before I do the shelf dadoes I need to finalize the length of the shelf|
|not rubbing here|
|I left the line|
I remember the last time I sharpened this and I had to establish the bevel and raise a burr on it on the 80 grit runway. I tried raising the burr on the coarsest diamond stone and got nowhere. A couple of minutes of back and forth and not even a hint of a burr. This is one aspect of sharpening that befuddle the crappola out of me.
I use a honing guide and a set up gizmo so the projection in the guide is always the same so why can't I raise a burr now? To my thinking, since I am doing all these dance steps, I should be able to raise a mountain of a burr on the coarse diamond stone. That didn't happen.
|had to use the 80 grit runway|
|the 4 1/2 iron|
|the iron looks like it is laminated|
|thinking of making another strop|
|chewed up strop|
|it's been about an hour since I put on the tannic acid|
|the other side|
|forgot a tool|
|a little too snug|
|the bottom seam isn't as tight|
|got to use my side rabbit planes|
|this will have to wait until tomorrow|
|put another round of ebonizing on the test pieces|
|the other faces|
Salko Safic who writes the Journeyman Journal has been posting old catalogs that are available for download. He posted a Millers Falls Handbook for mechanics today and I found a ebonizing recipe in it. It calls for Yellow chromate powder and Logwood powder. That author wrote that it will ebonize most woods. I did a search for the two ingredients and I found Logwood powder but I haven't had luck with Yellow chromate powder. I'll keep looking because I want to try this one.
What was George Armstrong Custer's rank when he was killed at the Little Big Horn in 1876?
answer - Lt Colonel (he was a brevetted Major General in the Civil War)
|where I left off last night|
|last night shavings|
|I only have two #8 irons|
|opened a big ass box of brain food|
|started at ground zero|
|raised a consistent burr|
|still have a consistent burr|
|I want to stop using this|
|rough sawn end|
|wispy shavings this time|
|re-squaring the ends|
|shavings from re-squaring|
|dead nuts square now|
|the black I'm shooting for|
This is starting to look like what I remember the december iron solution looking like. And it is starting to have a stronger apple cider smell that I recall also.
|this is encouraging|
|the opposite face|
|poplar shows some tiger stripes|
|the other face is getting blacker|
What is the french game called trictrac?
answer - backgammon
|where I started|
|big desk stock|
|these are too short for the front and back top rails|
|disappointed in this|
|I put a third application on tonight|
|this face side is weak looking|
|the opposite side is getting blacker|
|the poplar almost looks like the ash but not as bad|
|opposite face is black and I can still the grain|
|where the frustration started|
Everything prior to this had been coming along nicely. No speed humps and other than my sharpening being OTL (out to lunch) for while, the hand tool woodworking was working. Tonight I tried all the right things. Or at least I think I was trying all the right things but my results weren't what they were supposed to be.
I tried planing the bottoms square in both directions with the 4 1/2 and the BU jack. It seems my ability to plane square to the face evaporated. I would correct for the out of square to the face and I would go out of square to long grain edges.
These boards are too big for my usual use shooting board so I got out the big ass shooting board. I tried to square the ends and got nowhere real quick. I was planing a roller coaster on the ends so I pulled the iron back to take a smaller cut. That just made the hills and valleys longer so I changed the iron. I still wasn't getting square but the hills and valleys were gone and I a slight hollow now.
|the fence wasn't square to the track|
|after one run the fence with the record 073 shoulder plane|
|cut it in half|
|dead nuts square|
|got the walnut ends squared|
|slightly out of square|
Fixing this was just a matter of adjusting the lateral adjust on the #8. And of course my first attempt made the out of square to the face worse. Then I planed the ends out of square. After I finally got the #8 lateral adjust set correctly, I planed one walnut board square in both directions. I was going to call it quits here and do the other side tomorrow but I did that one too. But it took a few tries because the #8 kept wanting to go to the right which makes hills and valleys.
I will sharpen the two #8 irons tomorrow and try this again. I'm not 100% sure that I sharpened the irons correctly so I will do it the way I now know it should be done. I was getting wispy shavings but I was fighting the plane and wood more than I thought I should. With a truly sharp iron, I should be slicing through the ends in a more fluid way.
What was the name of the chimpanzee in Edgar Rice Burroughs book about the Kings of the Ape (Tarzan)?
answer - Nkima (he was called Cheeta in the Tarzan movies)
|putting in the pencil tray|
|the blue tape defines the outside edges of the tray|
|went with it set back|
|almost done here|
|finished the last #4 iron|
|did a spokeshave iron|
|raised my burr on the coarsest stone|
|found my waterstones|
When I was using the waterstones I do remember them cutting well and giving up a better shiny bevel than my current setup. I also remember the mess they made so I'll be making something like Richard has to contain it. I only have a few thick A2 irons (and a two O1's too) so maybe this won't be too much of a PITA to use.
|got time left to try out my ebonizing stuff|
|preconditioned the poplar|
|it's been about 3 days (?)|
|from Wally World|
|not black but more brownish|
|the end grain is jet black|
|tried the iron solution on these|
Tomorrow I'll put on another coat and I'll start on the bookshelf.
How many players on there on men and women lacrosse teams?
answer - men 10 women 12
|steel wool dust|
|where to place it?|
|carefully clamped and planed it|
|adding some wooden nails aka toothpicks|
|16th bit is too small|
|wrote the drill bit size on the container for next time|
|one coat of shellac|
|about 5 feet away|
|I think one more coat will do it|
|better pic of the bevel|
|put down a brand new 80 grit belt|
|finally got it|
What country is Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot from ?
answer - Belgium
|the cheese curl isn't what is supposed to be in focus|
|a little each night|
|can't delay it any longer|
|happiness in Mudville|
|what I came up with|
|not a top ten choice|
|I didn't sand this|
|big improvement - took 4 swipes|
|the leg that split|
|epoxied the pencil tray to holder|
|while the branding iron heated up, I put on the shellac|
|3 coats of a 1/2 lb cut of shellac|
Who designed the Gateway Arch in St Louis?
answer - Eero Saarinen
|out of the clamps at oh dark thirty|
|all the tenons are 3 frog hairs proud|
|removing the proud|
|sharp fixes a multitude of sins|
|good fit on these two|
|flush but gaps on this side|
|this came out better than I expected|
|clipping the corners|
|sawed two from the top and two from the bottom like this|
|the first side with the veneer planed off|
|the opposite side|
|my biggest hollow is a #7|
|this worked rather well|
|good looking half circle|
|pencil tray holder|
|dovetails glued and clamped|
|epoxy to the rescue|
|another piece to glue on|
|file the screws flush|
|you get the idea|
|broken piece glued on|
|sizing the ends|
|working on the book shelf|
|had to use the #80|
|this helped but only when I did it|
|ugly looking tear out|
|within a frog hair of each other|
|the shelf is flat too|
|shiny top on the monitor stand - waxed and shined|
|in the batter's circle|
In what language was the first complete Bible printed in America?
answer - in the language of the Algonquin Indians in 1663
|the fun started here|
My thickness went from 13/16" to 5/8". This will be ok for the keyboard and mouse and I could have gone down to 1/2". If I had had to do that I would have thinned the legs down to 1/2" too.
|done with the desktop|
|laying out for the through tenons|
|laying out on the dadoes|
The mortises are one inch in from the edge and 2" long. I used the 1-2-3 blocks to set the squares to 1" and 2".
|dry fit for the dado is good|
|marking for the tenons on the legs|
|sawed out a brace|
|marking the shoulders|
|this is something I usually get wrong|
|the last of the trimming|
|dry fit is goo|
|wee bit of blowout on this M/T connection|
|didn't need to use my new side rabbit planes|
|layout for the brace tenon done|
|last through mortise|
|tenon for the brace|
|splitting the cheeks|
|trimming the cheeks|
|another 'Paul Sellers' fitting joint|
|almost ready to glue up|
|up in the air on this|
|planed and cleaned up with the #3|
|going with a poking out tenon|
|going to round over the top too|
|looking better on the second one|
|the glue up from hell|
The brace had to be glued in the legs first and then the legs glued into the top. The leg on the right split in two on me when I was putting the brace in. Since I already had glue on the tenons and the top, I clamped the split and glued the whole thing up. I had to ask my wife to come and help me because the clamps holding the split leg together were being a PITA besides being in the way.
I finally got it glued up after a lot of choice expletives were let loose and that did seem to help some. I had a crazy thought about moving it over to the tablesaw so I could use the bench for something else but nixed it. This glue up can stay here as long as it needs to set up.
Before I left the shop I gave the glue up one last look over and I'm glad I did. The leg on the left side had moved outboard at an angle and the brace was ready to fall out of the mortise. I had to put the 36" long quick grip clamp on the bottom to keep the legs from moving outwards. I went down to the shop and checked it 3 more times before I went to bed to make sure nothing else decided to do stupid glue up tricks.
|it got a grayish black|
|it's not an even color neither|
What is Issac Van Amburgh known for?
answer - He was a circus headliner in the 1830's who was the first to put his head in a lion's mouth
|ready to strain|
|lots of sediment|
I mixed up a batch of tannic thursday night after dinner so it would be ready for today.
|already have tannic acid on them|
|nothing - no reaction|
|15 minutes later|
|tried and true|
|forgot some stray pencil lines|
I put on a 2lb coat of shellac on the monitor stand. I'll put one more on the whole and then screw the top to the base. I'll put one more on the top because that will be highly visible and I want that to have some shine.
|30 minutes later|
|tried another idea|
|they are different|
This is it for tonight. My oldest daughter came up from Philly for the weekend and we're going out to dinner.
Who commanded the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 before Kirk became it's Captain?
answer - Captain Christopher Pike
Stage two is making it. Since I rarely work off of a set of plans, it looks like I'm winging it. I haven't any had any serious problems making things in this fashion over the years. My best friend is a better woodworker then me but he couldn't nail two boards together without a ten page set of plans. I can see what I want in my mind and build it as it unfolds.
Stage three is sanding, planing, or however the final project is cleaned up. After this, it is the application of some kind of finish. I kind of like the planing part but the finish part is my absolute least favorite.
I am at stage three with the monitor stand and I am at stage one/two with the next project. The next project is stage one and two because I know what I want but haven't settled on a final plan in my mind for it yet. However, I have started to make it by doing the stock prep.
|ready to unclamp|
|sanding wasn't working|
|nice green color|
|this is it for the steel wool|
|what it looked like 20 minutes later|
|the keyboard mouse stock|
I will make the legs square and flat where they will go into the top and the remainder of it will be left as is. The desk top bottom will be the reference face because the legs will be let into it with a dado and through tenons. After the legs are glued into the top, I'll plane the top flat and straight. It only will have to support a keyboard and mouse so it really doesn't need to be perfect.
We'll see if my reasoning is ok or out to lunch in a few more days.
I used this many screws because of the 3/4" length of them. Only about a 1/4" will be into the top and this is the only attachment point between the top and the base. So it looks like overkill but I think it is just right.
|two coats of 1/2 lb cut|
What was the first word spoken from the Moon?
answer - "Houston" - tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.
|sometimes you get lucky|
|laying out the chamfer|
|did the ends first|
|long chamfer batted second|
|last woodworking step|
|all the steel wool that is left|
|the back side|
|5 swipes on the coarse stone|
|two high spots|
|no faffing about anymore|
Who was William Stewart Halsted?
answer - he was the first surgeon to wear rubber gloves to perform surgery in 1890
I tried to put a claim in for the package but I couldn't do it. The online UPS claim process said there was a 24 hour scan on the package and no claim could be done at this time. WTF does that mean? I've been here before with UPS on their proof of delivery. The driver said he left it at the front door and I am screwed. As far as UPS is concerned I got it even though it was delivered to the wrong address.
When I turned onto my street tonight, the big brown UPS truck was going in the opposite direction. When I got home there were a pile of packages waiting for me. My McMaster-Carr package was supposed to come today and my wife had told me she was expecting a few.
When I brought the pile in, two of them were for me, and two for my wife. When I looked at mine, I saw that I had one from LN. I don't know if UPS delivered it or if the person who got it yesterday dropped it off. Either way I have my happy face on.
|keyboard drawer slide|
|doesn't look like there is 3" of adjustment there|
|3 3/4" of adjustment?|
|my happy face package|
|bought 2 small file holders|
|I think this handle is too small for this size file|
|my replacement chipbreaker - it comes with a screw|
|checking the iron part of the ebony solution|
|it has a greenish tint|
|stirred up the steel wool|
|my new old #4 chipbreaker|
|the corners are rounded|
|it matches up with the iron|
|a lot of the grunge is rust|
|150 years old minimum|
|one of the kitchen doors|
|I have a chance with this door|
|an inch too short|
|another use for the gauge stick|
|setting the router|
|dadoes are done|
|dry fit looks good|
I was hoping to get this done and glued up but it didn't happen. I want to get a wipe on poly finish on this and bring it to work on Monday. If I don't think I'll have sufficient time, I have two cans of shellac.
What are fruit eaters called?
answer - frugivores (they can be herbivores or omnivores)