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nasal hose......

Accidental Woodworker - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 3:19am

 On Tuesday I ordered a new nasal mask hose for my CPAP machine. I tried to order it locally (surprised by how many there were) but none would sell it without a prescription from a doctor. Amazon had it and said I would get it next day on Wednesday. At 2100 last night Amazon apologized for the delivery delay and said they wouldn't charge me until the mask was delivered. Update for Amazon, you charged me in full for it on tuesday. So I was dead in the water without the needed hose for the CPAP machine. Two days so far without the CPAP and I can tell the difference.

This morning when I checked the tracking it said it would be delivered tomorrow on the 19th. Well boys and girls, good news finally. I stopped typing the blog and checked the mail (wife already got it) but my amazon pkg was on the front step. I'll be sleeping good tonight. The nasal mask cost $86 and on the first of next month I'll buy another to have as backup in case something goes wrong again. The VA provides two nasal masks per year. But I still haven't heard anything back from them neither.

 ten candles on the cake

I don't remember making these and the wife decided today that she doesn't need them anymore. The date on the left box is the same as this one.

 both need lid stays

The hinges on both boxes are cheap stamped brass plated ones. If the lid falls back it will rip the hinges out without so much as a whimper.

 split healed

It is a wee bit proud but it was tight from the front edge to the far end. 

 liking this look

I am not a fan of dull finishes. I like some shine to them minimum. I like the soft glow of one coat of tung oil. I put a second one on, waited a few and wiped it dry. One more to go.

 workbench is dirty

I had to put a towel under the drawers because the bench dirt was transferring to it. 

 came today from Blue Spruce Tools

Can you guess what it is?


When I ordered this, the Blue Spruce site said it was a dovetail saw. The box label says it is a gents saw (upper right on the pic). Which is it?


First impression with the saw is that it has some weight to it. I wouldn't call it excessively heavy, but it has its share of ounces. There is a substantial spine to it. It is incredibly rigid and solid. The handle felt good in the hand and it is resin infused curly maple. Don't know the TPI but it looks to be about 12 or more filed for a rip cut.

 had to road test it

Zero hiccups sawing a tail by eye. Saw went through this pine smoothly with no hesitations. I wanted to get a Lie Nielsen dovetail saw but they don't make/sell them anymore. I also lost out buying two of them so when the Blue Spruce email showed up in my inbox I pulled the trigger on it then and there.

 12" blade

The bottom saw is the Lee Valley gents saw - I have both the rip and crosscut ones. Both of them are different and looks like the Blue Spruce ate its Wheaties every day for breakfast. I've switched from using my LN carcass saw at the bench to the LV gents saw(s) for almost all my sawing needs. That kind of drove my desire to buy a LN dovetail saw and settling for the Blue Spruce one.

 4" shorter

The LV blade may be shorter but the depth under the spine is a wee bit bigger than the Blue Spruce.

 I had to know

My OCD was in overdrive thinking about the Blue Spruce saw and how it would perform sawing tails/pins for a box. I had planned on making one for the sanding blocks so I started that. I was curious as to how the length of the blade would impact sawing the tails and pins.


I wasn't sure how I would handle the added weight. This saw is much heavier than my LN dovetail saw. The weight was an asset for sawing. The length wasn't a problem because the saw is balanced perfectly. When I positioned the saw on the stock it didn't want to tip/tilt in any favored direction. The sawing was smooth and the fuzzy wuzzies on the back side were less than I get with the LN dovetail saw.

 went together off the saw

No gaps and I got a good fit between all the tails and pins.

 glued and cooking

I made the box large enough to fit 4 sanding pads. I'm thinking of buying one more of them. I will make a lid for it tomorrow. The bottom will be 5.2mm that I'll glue it on to the bottom of the box. The plan is to put dividers between the sanding blocks as they are here. This will distribute the weight and balance them in the box. The two open spaces I'll use for sandpaper.

 need a green one

I'll screw the spacers in without glue so if and when I buy the green one I can move the spacers around. For the eagle eyed readers the front and back is 1/2" and the sides are 3/8". Used left over drawer stock from the 2nd portable chest of drawers.

accidental woodworker

“Tis The Season…

The Barn on White Run - Thu, 04/18/2024 - 10:50am

…for non-stop yard work.

It’s been something of a perfect storm with a very wet late winter culminating in two substantial snowfalls a couple weeks ago followed by warming weather and more rain, and the switch was thrown for everything to get going (we had the wood stove cranking out heat a mere seven days ago but were heating up to the mid-70s and sun yesterday).  As a result we are in the midst of mowing, bush hogging, weeding, planting, burning, etc. with not a minute spent in the shop this week.  If this perfect cycle of rain and sun continues, we will have to mow at least a part of every day for the foreseeable future.  The grass I mowed on Monday is almost three inches higher today.

On top of that the rapid onset of spring/summer means that everything is producing pollen all at once.  Combined with a stubborn sinus infection, it feels like I am breathing through jello much of the time.

Last summer we had the great good fortune of finding a college kid home for the summer to hire for the yard work.  It was grand.  We’re still looking for someone to help this year but so far no luck so it’s up to the old folks to get it done.  As I’ve said many times, we work just as hard and just as long as ever but don’t seem to be getting nearly as much done.

As soon as I get this round of yard housekeeping done I will turn my attention to checking the penstock for the hydro system and making the requisite annual repairs, and moving forward on next year’s firewood.


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Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp, 3rd Edition

Bob Lang's ReadWatchDo - Thu, 04/18/2024 - 9:31am
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Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp, 3rd Edition DOWNLOAD VERSION

Bob Lang's ReadWatchDo - Thu, 04/18/2024 - 9:12am
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Japanese plane setup (Wilbur’s version) - II: plane blade rehab

Giant Cypress - Thu, 04/18/2024 - 3:48am

[Note: this step should not be needed with a new Japanese plane.]

This being a used Japanese plane, the blade isn’t perfect. It’s got a fair amount of mushrooming around the top of the plane blade.

The mushrooming is in three spots — at the top, and on the sides. This speaks to how consistent the previous owner of the plane must have been when tapping the blade to adjust its position. It also makes me think that the previous owner might have used a 1500g hammer for the adjusting.

I could just leave the mushrooming alone, but to my eyes, it doesn’t look great. From a more practical standpoint, I want to adjust the bevel angle when sharpening, which means that I’ll want to use my Grintec sharpening jig, and the mushrooming prevents the blade from fitting into the jig.

The approach to fixing the mushrooming wasn’t too sophisticated. I used a combination of hammering the mushroomed areas on a small anvil, grinding down the mushrooming, and a file. Here’s the end result.

It’s not perfect, but it’s better than it was before. More importantly, the blade will now fit into my Grintec sharpening jig.

On to sharpening.

might drive out there.......

Accidental Woodworker - Thu, 04/18/2024 - 3:14am

 I've been crunching the Amtrak schedules and I thought I had figured out how to do it. Found a train from Waterloo to Chicago that leaves at 0630 and gets into Chicago about 3 hours later. The bad part is I would have a 12 hour layover because the train to Boston leaves at 2130. I'm a year shy of 70 and killing time in a train station were I would stick out like dumb lost tourist isn't a comforting thought. Becoming a crime statistic isn't part of my vacation time. It looks like I'll be driving out to see my sister. According to Goggle Maps it is a 13 hour drive. I can split that into two six hour driving times. I'll have to think this over long and hard before I commit to it.

 why not?

I bought this tung oil to try it out and the plane handle will be the first test subject. I have never used tung oil before nor I have seen/read of anyone else using it. The instructions are simple with 3 coats recommended. The downside is that the drying time requires 12 or more hours per coat. So this will be a 3 day affair.

 4 1/2

Making a boatload of shavings. There is a definite difference in the feeling using a wooden plane vice a metal one. The shavings are the same but the pushing is way different. 

 wispy face shavings

This wooden plane isn't as heavy as a Stanley metal 4 1/2. I would guess that it is a little more than 1/2 the weight of its metal sibling.

 jack face shavings

I think I'm jaded because I prefer the weight of metal planes. I also don't wax the soles of my planes, wooden or metal.

 edge shavings

Of the 4 woodies I spent the most time road testing this one. I thicknessed quite a few boards with it. 

ditto for the #3

I used this mostly to smooth the stock after I thicknessed it. It takes a little bit to get used to as it has no  handle at the rear. You have to grip and control it with your right hand. It isn't awkward and the rounded back end of the frame nestles nicely into the web between your thumb and first finger.

 going bye bye

This drawer is causing my OCD to rev up into the red zone. This drawer is being shitcanned and I'll make a new one. I can't figure out why the bottom has a tapered gap like it does. To my eye the drawer is twisted somehow.

 set back up hiccup

I was getting ready to shellac the carcass when this popped up and said hello to me. I forced glue into the crack with a putty knife and clamped it.

cooking until tomorrow

I don't remember if this is the end that split when I glued it up the first time. Hopefully this will take and hold now. As an aside, I could bring this to my sister if I drive out to see her. 

 8 hours later

The two look similar. The handle is duller but maybe with subsequent coats it will shine up a bit. 

 new drawer stock

The slip is long enough to get the 3 pieces needed for the drawer. It might be a bit short due to the saw kerf but I won't have to make one (fingers crossed).

I got almost zero time in the PM session. I got a case heartburn that kicked my arse something bad. It was either that or I had myocardial event but I don't think so. I bought some heartburn juice and that made it better. Maybe tomorrow I'll get back on track and on schedule in the workshop.

accidental woodworker

Auction Results – Woolley and Wallis 16th April 2024

Pegs and Tails - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 4:05pm
Following the conclusion of Woolley and Wallis’ recent auction, lot 17, the William and Mary olivewood and marquetry chest, realised £18,900 (AUD 36,567; USD 23,543). Lot 23, the small George II walnut gate-leg table, made £1,071 (AUD2,072; USD1,334). Lot 57, … Continue reading
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Auction Results – Woolley and Wallis 16th April 2024

Pegs and 'Tails - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 4:05pm
Following the conclusion of Woolley and Wallis’ recent auction, lot 17, the William and Mary olivewood and marquetry chest, realised £18,900 (AUD 36,567; USD 23,543). Lot 23, the small George II walnut gate-leg table, made £1,071 (AUD2,072; USD1,334). Lot 57, … Continue reading
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region two.......

Accidental Woodworker - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 3:08am

 Still having hiccups trying to buy season 4 of Spiral. I can buy the BBC DVD set of all 8 seasons (86 episodes) for $54 from Amazon. But the caveat is the DVDs are region two which means that they won't play on a USA DVD player which is region one. Multi-region DVD players are relatively cheap but there are caveats with them too. There is the possibility of DRM stopping the DVD from playing. Really don't want to flush a bunch of $$$ down the toilet with buying DVDs and a player that will be paper weights.

Trying to go and visit my sister Donna in Avilla Indiana. It is a small town in the northwestern part of the state with a population of about 2000. I am not driving out there nor will I fly. That leaves the train which I can take from Boston to Waterloo Indiana. That is the closest Amtrak station to Avilla and a 20 minute drive from my sister's house. The station is 5 miles from Auburn Indiana which has hotels, motels, car rentals, restaurants, vending machines, people, taxis, and restrooms. None of which exist at the Waterloo train station. It is just a building that the train stops at. As far as I know it doesn't even have a pay phone or a taxi stand.

The second problem with the train trip are the times. I can leave Boston around 1400-ish and get into Waterloo at about the same time the following day. Leaving is a huge headache because the train going back east only stops for passenger pickup at 0100 in the morning. How do I get there from the hotel (at least 5 miles away) and drop off a rental car? Not thrilled with waiting in an unmanned train station at 0100 in the morning for a train that doesn't have a good reputation for being on time. My wife is digging around to see if I can catch an earlier train to somewhere else and then hook up with the express back to Boston.

Not done yet boys and girls as I have one last item to remind myself about. I broke the hose on my CPAP machine last night trying to separate the nasal mask from the hose. My hand slipped pulling it off and I ripped the hose apart. Tried to tape it back together without any luck. 

The fun part of it was trying to order a new nasal mask hose. I couldn't do it online because I haven't ordered any CPAP supplies in the last two years for a machine I got less then two weeks ago. Wait times on customer service exceeded 30 minutes so I finally gave up and left my phone number for a call back. According to them they will get back to me in 48 hours or less. If I don't hear from them I'll see if I can buy one from the company that gave me the CPAP machine. Now we can get back to the regularly schedule blog.

transitional soles

All of them are flat and straight toe to heel. No humps or bumps and all have decent sized mouths. None of them are excessively large but none of them will smooth like a metal plane with a tight mouth.

I thought all of the planes were Stanley or Stanley Bailey but I was wrong. The #7 is an Ohio Tool #030. The 4 1/2 is a Stanley #36. The #5 is a Bailey #20 and the #3 is a Stanley Bailey #22.

shellac waterfall

I had to scrape the sides of the #7 and I did it on the other 3 too even though they didn't need it. Put on another coat of shellac to cover it.

 forgot it

Missed painting the #22 lever cap yesterday. I painted that and put a thin coat on everything else.


This top drawer and the bottom small one were throwing hissy fits and binding on the way in. I sanded the drawers with 100 grit until they went in/out smoothly.

 not too bad

I used red mahogany timber mate to fill in a missing piece of the chunk that broke off. You can tell it is filled but it isn't too far off from the cherry.

 side view

I can see were the chunk was glued at but it also looks like the black pitch lines that show up in cherry. I could live with this as is. A new handle would run about $80 now because this one was custom fitted to the frame.


The finish looked good on the handle but I don't know what it was. It sanded off without a whimper too. I emailed Bill Rittner and asked him want finish he uses for the handles and knobs. I think it might be an Osmo oil product.

 two coats

The frames look so much better now that the splotch stains are gone. 

 2nd coat

I'll be putting on a third coat due to me sanding and planing two drawers again to fit their respective openings. 

 smaller then I expected

I sawed all the big stuff to about 18" long. I really thought from the branches I had to saw up that I would have had a much bigger pile curbside. It turned out to be another super spring day to do this. If the weather holds for tomorrow I'll rake up the leaves and bag them for thursday's pickup too.

 final coat

Got the 3rd one on just after 1500. Tomorrow I can start putting shellac on the carcass.

 I walked twice today. The first one I walked to a diner and got breakfast. 2 cups of Joe, two toast, 2 eggs over easy, 2 pancakes (only ate one), and home fries. Yum, and Yum again. I walked a little extra hopefully to negate the calories I shoved into the pie hole. 

After lunch I went on another walk around the neighborhood. This time I backtracked a couple of times so I could walk up 4 hills to really get a workout. I broke out into a sweat but I didn't soak the T shirt. 

I got another cardio workout sawing the limbs up and I sweated some more doing that too. I jumped into the rain locker real quick  before dinner and got smelling good again.

accidental woodworker

spring time chores.........

Accidental Woodworker - Tue, 04/16/2024 - 3:11am

The mercury got pushed up to 79F (26C) in my part of the universe today. Spent the morning working on the transitional herd cleaning them up. The PM I spent in the backyard doing some yard maintenance. I promised my wife months ago I would do it and today it was made good. 

It was a good time to squeeze it in because I'm on the fence with the next project. I want to make a new bedside table. I want it to hold my CPAP machine, my hearing aids charging station, clock, phone, and a heating pad. The current bedside table isn't up to the task and it is over crowded. Kicking around whether to make it out of pine, cherry, or some other nice hardwood. There is plenty of time to decide on that.

 starting with the #7

Got RML shavings out of all of the planes. Doing that is a little fussier and requires a lot more fancy tapping dance steps to do. I have to fix the chip I broke off the #7 handle along with a few other boo boos.

 first of two coats

The stains on the tops of all of the planes wouldn't clean up with Simple Green. I had to scrap off the shellac with a razor blade to remove them.

second coat

I am only putting two coats on the planes. The soles I left unfinished and bare wood.

 fingers crossed

All of the frames had little splashes of something on them that Simple Green wouldn't clean up. I had to scrape the black paint off down to the primer coat. I am hoping that one coat will be the charm but I don't have a warm and fuzzy with that. I'm pretty sure it will take two because I went down to the primer.

 2nd portable chest of drawers

While I had the shellac out I got the first coat on the drawers. 2 more and they will get a check mark in the done column. I got nothing on the carcass. I want to do the drawers first and make sure they still fit in the openings.

 the promise

This is want I promised my wife I would clean up. She is good about not nagging me about this or anything else. The first step was to break off all the small branches and then tackle the bigger limbs next.

 two hours later

The shitcan in the foreground is the small branches. The shitcan behind it is the intermediate branches. These will go curbside to be picked up on thursday. My city picks up yard waste every week from spring to fall.

 stopped here

I got a good work out doing the small stuff. I was sweating but I hadn't soaked my tee shirt. I felt good - no aches and everything was working pain free - at least at the time of this typing. These bigger branches I will saw it firewood and put it curbside too but away from the yard waste. I'll knock this out tomorrow if the weather cooperates.

accidental woodworker

Speed ripping by hand

Journeyman's Journal - Mon, 04/15/2024 - 3:24am

This is a sequel to show the unbelievable speed you can achieve ripping by hand in a seated position. Ripping this fast unless you’re super fit is pretty much impossible.

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straggler done.......

Accidental Woodworker - Mon, 04/15/2024 - 3:22am

 Daughter #1 came up from Baltimore today for work and to visit friends. That left me the AM session to get the Miller Falls No 14 straggler ready for adoption. Spent the PM with her taking in the sights in Cumberland RI. She heads back south on monday to rejoin her husband. I wanted to get the shellac going on the 2nd portable chest of drawers but that didn't happen. I'll try to do it on monday.

 ready to assemble

It took me a lot longer to clean up the MF than I thought it would. There was a stubborn stain on the toe that challenged me with removing it. I had to drop down to 180 grit sandpaper and work back up to 600 grit to remove it.

 no hard outlines

All the Miller Falls plane handles I have rehabbed all had a hard outline on the flat faces of it. I sanded and rasped that away leaving the handle oval shaped. It feels lot better in the hand now IMO. It is close to how the Stanley handle feels but the MF handle isn't as sinuous as Stanley.

ready to make shavings

All shiny and looking good. The only quibble I have with the MF is the tall front knob. I prefer low mushroom knobs.

 RML shavings

The first ones were good but too thick for my liking. These are just right IMO. This MF is a bit heavier than the Stanley and the MF casting is also a wee bit thicker. Of the two planes I would take this MF to use over the Stanley.

 face shavings

I forgot to take face shavings with the other two planes. This MF will take wispy thin to thick shavings without any whimpering. 

 Stanley #5

The iron in this plane has the corners rounded to eliminate plane tracks. It is impossible to see how little that effects taking a full width shaving.

 Stanley #5 1/4

No problems making a boatload of face shavings with the 5 1/4. This would be good starter plane for a young woodworker.

No nibbles from any readers of the blogs on the planes. I'll post them on the Saw Mill Creek next week along with the transitionals.

I've been watching Spiral on Amazon Prime and it is a good, gritty French crime drama. I'm having a problem buying entire season episodes though. There are several 'Spiral' links to click on but they are all different. Some don't have a buy it option. Others say the episodes are currently unavailable for viewing. Another option is to buy a 'MHZ' streaming option.

I tried that one but the episodes are dubbed in english and I only watched 5 minutes of season four,  episode one, before shutting it off. I would rather hear the actor's voices in french and read subtitles. You lose of lot of the sense of the flow of the story with dubbed voices. 

I still have a few more links to click and check out. I found out too that most seasons are only 10-12 episodes while the french TV season is 21 or more episodes. What gives with that? Why should the US import be less than half the french season?

accidental woodworker

2nd portable chest of drawers done.......

Accidental Woodworker - Sun, 04/14/2024 - 3:34am

 Let me put this another way. All the woodworking is done as is the prep for applying the finish. All that is left to get a check mark in the done column is 4-6 coats of shellac. I spent the morning working on it and quit at lunch time. I'll start the shellac tomorrow. The rest of the day was spent prepping the three #5's for sale.

the drawer stops cooked overnight

First glamour shot is head on. The only drawers I even tried to pay any attention to for grain and color were the two large drawers. The top drawer on the left sticks out a wee bit. More like a weak neon lighted sign than one that is fully bright.

 critique time

All of the drawers need improving. For the most part the top and bottom margins look good but the R/L sides aren't. Big gap here on the bottom left drawer. The gap above is what it should be at its maximum.

 small drawers are the worse

The top and bottom margins are good but I was in La La Land dialing in the R/L ends. My drawer margins are improving and I can recall when I wouldn't do an inset drawer at all. I would only do an overlay because they don't have gaps. 

I also don't like the through dado grooves showing at the front. Mostly because I have gaps in them too. I think in order for this joint to look good it should be tight and seamless.

end panels

The grain runs and flows around both end panels. The bottom front (both ends) got rounded over in error but it kind of doesn't look too bad. This chest drawers can live hanging on a wall on sitting a horizontal surface.


If I were to do this again I would put the grain swirl thing at the bottom middle flipped 180 so it was at the top. I think having it at top is better to the eye than having it down. I don't think it will be visible and if it is, won't be noticed by a non woodworker.

 other end panel

Not much to quibble about on the end panels. It is impossible to view them both so I can't compare them one to another.


I like that the bottom will be up off any horizontal surface that it may land on. That allows air to circulate and will make the shellac last longer. If it were laying directly on a horizontal surface the shellac could stick to it.

 half blinds

Getting better at doing this joint. Half blinds at the front and through dovetails at the back. I only had one set going a wee bit south on me and it was the last drawer. I had to shim on tail on that one.

I had two of the small drawers move on me while cooking. That is the only thing I think of why when fitted in the drawer openings they were tapered. Left side inset past the front edge and the right side proud of the front edge. I got it sorted out and fixed but it took a while to get there.

 large drawers

These two came out the best. I used slips on all five drawers and I like them a lot. No grooves weakening the thin sides and no groove to try and bury in a tail. And the slip doesn't eat up any extra interior drawer depth.

 Stanley #5 1/4

Cleaned up and ready to be adopted. It is a blue Stanley which makes a fairly new plane - I think this one is a type 18. It has a hang hole drilled in the toe and has no other defects. I am not a fan of hang holes. My grandsons have a 5 1/4 and don't need a second one. I am pricing this one to sell - $80 with shipping included for anywhere in the lower 48.

It spit out even width, length, and thickness shavings. It is ready to go as is but you might want to touch up the iron. I don't use cambers or employ the Charlesworth ruler trick. The bevel is straight, flat, sharp, and shiny.

 pretty plane

I didn't see this plane come up much for sale when I was going nutso rehabbing planes. The knob and handle I think is maple or birch stained black. It also has the kidney shaped lever cap.

 My daily user #5

I don't remember the type of this #5 but I think it is a type 10-11. That is the Stanley type(s) that I like. This was my daily user for about 6-7 years until I got a Stanley #5 bedrock and it got demoted. Cleaned up and ready for adoption. I am selling this one to go at $120 which includes shipping anywhere in the lower 48.

 RML shavings

On the first try too. I have given up trying to get the lateral adjust in the middle of the iron. I am now resigned to getting the plane to spit out even width, length, and thickness shavings right, middle, and left (RML).

 Miller Falls No 14

I was hoping to get all 3 planes done but the Miller Falls had something to say about that. The frog adjust screw has rust on the threads. I filled the hole with EvapoRust and I had to let it soak for a few hours. I'll be finishing this one up in the AM tomorrow. I used this MF for about 6-7 months and no complaints. I didn't see or feel any differences between it and a Stanley #5. I had more than one Stanley #5 to compare it to.

Pricing this one to sell for the same as the Stanley #5 at $120. Shipping including to anywhere in the lower 48, and I'll sign the adoption papers.

accidental woodworker

Coffee Table 1: Sassafras Top

JKM Woodworking - Sat, 04/13/2024 - 10:29pm

My next big project is a coffee table. The top will be an ellipse made out of sassafras. The legs and aprons will be ash.

sassafras pieces

I had a few 5/4 sassafras boards 8-9 feet long, which when cut in half yielded pieces 48-54″. They went through the planer to remove twist and add snipe. Then I shuffled and flipped them around to finalize their orientation before edge jointing and gluing.

jointed and oriented

Before gluing I thought to rough in the ellipse. I planned to use dominos to line up the edges while gluing and didn’t want to later cut the edge of the ellipse right through a domino.

two foci and string for ellipse

There are many tutorials about how to make an ellipse. I found blocklayer.com helpful. I entered the dimensions I wanted to end up with, and they told me where to put the foci. Since my rough dimensions were 54″ long and 33.5″ wide, I went with 49.5″ x 33″. A wholesome 3:2 ratio which will also cut off the sniped ends. At this point I did not trace the entire ellipse, I only made tick marks to note where not to put dominos.

Glue up was in sections, not all five boards at once.

ellipse drawn with tape, string, and sharpie

After gluing, I drew an ellipse on the underside of the tabletop. When reading about making an ellipse, I thought I would use screws. But this blue painter’s tape worked well enough for practice that I didn’t feel the need to try anything else. The string is cheap ‘mason line’. It kept fraying and getting tangled with a mechanical pencil, but worked well with a generic sharpie.

ready to cut off corners

To cut the edges I used a japanese saw and cut off a series of smaller and smaller triangles. Straddling the bench like this I could work on opposite corners while not having to adjust the holdfasts so often.

rough cut edge

The saw gets me this close. I’m not sure how I will smooth the edge. I frequently use rasps and files, but have never had to do something so large. I have a spokeshave hiding in a drawer somewhere, but I remember it being jumpy and chattery. For now I will take a break.

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Categories: General Woodworking

Ripping in a sitting position

Journeyman's Journal - Sat, 04/13/2024 - 5:33am
Categories: Hand Tools

Godzilla, Columbo

Giant Cypress - Sat, 04/13/2024 - 5:18am


Godzilla, Columbo

ready for finish......

Accidental Woodworker - Sat, 04/13/2024 - 3:25am

Well, it is almost ready for shellac. I think I'm done with the woodworking for the 2nd portable chest of drawers. Of the two of them I like this one more than the first one. It was a bit frustrating doing the last of the woodworking today and it ate up a ton of time and boatload of calories. Before I launch myself into another project I'm going to finish up the #5 planes I want to sell.

a senior moment

I thought I had sized the drawers sides so that the drawer would be flush at the front. It seems that I forgot to add the front and back thicknesses to the length. I don't mind inset drawers but this is a wee bit too much.

two left

Before I can finish fitting the two large drawers I have to get the knobs installed.

a few moments later

The book has only one knob per drawer. I decided to put two on the larger drawers and one on the smaller ones.

last set back?

I don't like the width of this gap and I'll fix it before figuring out the drawer stop SNAFU. I am not going to make another drawer and I'll get this one to work.

 adding strips

I only need to build up the front and the sides. There isn't any need/reason to build up the back top edge.

 front glued and cooking

I could have worked on something else but it was close to the time to fill the pie hole. 

 drawer stops

The plan was to saw and install two stops at the back of each drawer. 


Got the stops dry fitted on the two large drawers. I was happy with the flush fit of them. It isn't dead nuts perfect but it looks good to my eye as is.

 Pain In The Arse

I could get my hands in the large drawers but it wasn't happening with the 3 small ones. I needed a flashlight and a stick to position the stops at the back. This first drawer took me the longest to do because I kept running up against hiccups. The first one was glue build up at the back. I was able to eventually clean that up with my paring chisel - it has a 11" long blade.

After that was addressed, the drawer wouldn't flush on the right side. It was flush on the left and tapered outwards until it was about a 1/8" proud on the right. I fiddled and faddled with the stops for a bazillion years and got nowhere with them. I got the proud down to a 16th but no anymore than that.


I took the stops out of the first drawer and tried them in the middle one. They worked like a hand going into a glove. The bottom drawer decided that it too wanted to be proud on the right and flush on the left.

Went back to doing battle with the top drawer. I planed the back because I had left it as is after gluing it up. Didn't see any need to go nutso on it but it seems I had to. Planing it smooth and flush ate up some of the proud on the right. Decided then that the best course of action was to leave the stops as is and plane the back right corner of the drawer until it was flush. That worked and it only took 3 dance steps to make it right.

I washed, rinsed, and repeated the same to fix the proud on the bottom drawer.

serious butt scratching coming

How do I get glue on the drawer stop and set in place? Not only can't I get my hands in there, I can't see anything neither.

 fingers crossed

Put a brad in the end of stick and clipped it. The idea is to put the stop on the nail, apply glue to it, and then use the stick to position the stop at the back. 

 it worked

I was concerned with two things using this. The first was the stop staying on the nail until I got it in place. The second was would I be able remove the stop from the nail once I got it where it was supposed to be.


I used hide glue to fix the stops in place. My first thoughts were to use super glue but nixed that. All the woodworking was finally done. I still have to put my brand on the chest of drawers. Haven't decided where to put it yet. Choices are the back or the bottom or the bottoms of the drawers.

 from Craig

Asked my friend Craig if he could make me a plow plane iron for 5.2mm plywood. He sent me two to try out.

 didn't work

The angle on the iron is too steep. Craig had sent me a cleaned up drawing of the one I sent him and I missed this big time. The bevel face to 90° is 60°. That is too steep for an iron. Angles like this always play havoc with my brain bucket. 

 my brain fart

I told Craig the length was 2 1/2" and it should have been 3 1/2". No idea why I obviously fixated on 2 1/2". The iron fit in the Record 043 but not by much. There was only about a 1/4" sticking past the hold down screw.

not worth it

Craig made the irons 5.2mm and it is thinner than the 5.2mm plywood ( make the pic bigger to see the gap). I think trying to make an iron for plywood that comes from outside the US is like pissing into a head wind. This plywood it wonky and it moves like crazy. Even the good old US Birch plywood measures differently when measured in several spots along the edges of it. I'm going to have to do a whole lot more serious butt scratching on this before I try anything else.

accidental woodworker

Youtube Logo & Nintendo Switch & Diamond Stand

JKM Woodworking - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 10:36pm

The following are projects I did with my son.

I tried to get him interested in a woodworking project and he proposed a youtube award. Looking it up, I saw that youtube creator awards are metallic plaques.

Mixedmorris, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

After agreeing that wasn’t a woodworking project per se, we settled on making the youtube logo.

trace through paper onto basswood

The logo was printed out and traced onto basswood. The wood is soft enough that pen will leave impressions. Defining cuts were made around the triangle and the outer edges, and then the background was removed with gouges.

gouging the background

My son did most or all of this work. I told him to point the sharp end away from him, and to keep both hands behind the sharp end. Still it was stressful (for me).

After the carving was done, the piece was cut out from the basswood and the corners were smoothed.

rounding the corners

Then it was painted with craft paint.

wooden nintendo switch

The nintendo switch was a quick project. A blank was cut from maple and the corners smoothed with a file. For the round buttons we made crude dowels and crosscut into discs. It was painted in a few sessions using frog tape to keep crisp edges. The black buttons were ‘painted’ with a sharpie.

This was completed in one day, aside from letting the glue dry overnight.

Most recently we made a diamond shape with feet.

concept art

The shape was drawn freehand on a piece of sycamore, then the lines were straightened up before sawing.

positioning to saw

A japanese saw was used for straight cuts and a coping saw for the curves. My son decided to carve only inside the heart shape and not the entire background.

ready to paint

Now he tells me I need to build a table to keep them on.

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