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