Friday, November 27, 2009
How else would a furniture maker them that way?; why with a plane -- of course! I clamped the pieces together and went to work. What a difference planing green, pressure treated Douglas Fir as opposed to the mahogany I've been working with for the pistol cases. Richard, my neighbor, helped me move the foundation outside. To make it easier I assembled the framework in the shop. As always, I probably went over-kill on it as I pre-drilled and then screwed it all together with deck screws. Tomorrow I'll start the framing the walls and attaching the subfloor.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The two pistol cases I'm working on are just about finished. All that's left is to attach the snaps to the straps, two more coats of finish on the exterior, final assembly, and putting on all of the hardware. I think my next project will be constructing a shed in the side yard, my shop seems to be getting smaller!
Monday, November 16, 2009
One last thing I'd like to share, if you've ever made a finger jointed box with a panel floating in a dado/groove you know you can't cut that dado all the way through the finger. What's required is some chisel work to stop the cut. I used my test pieces from setting up the finger joints to support the sides of the piece as I cut the stopped dado. Of course, you could also use your router to cut that and not have much to square off but who wants to take the time to set that all up and then listen to the racket! I used a dado blade in the saw and needed to square off the ends of the dado.
Friday, November 13, 2009
This weekend we have a wedding coming up and it's pretty exciting to say the least! The progress on the two pistol cases is going well. Currently I'm working on what's probably the most time consuming part of it (other than finishing) and that's making the panel that the pistol and powder horn are inserted in to. The first step is to cut them out on the scroll saw which doesn't leave a real good square or smooth opening. I've learned that it's actually easier and better to fine tune the openings with a chisel rather than files or rasps. This is especially true with the end grain -- a sharp chisel will shave cut that smoothly, almost like cutting dovetails. Both inserts are ready and the next phase will be to cut a mortise in the back to make the barrel rest for the pistol.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
As for the pistol cases I received a great compliment -- he ordered 2 more that are identical for Christmas presents and told me he had a gun for himself that he wants me to design a different case for. He also thought that I'd copied the design for the case from one he had seen at the Smithsonian Museum, pretty good company to be included with!
Work has started on the two cases, I found some African Mahogany that has some pretty distinct, ribbon grain. Reminds me of a chocolate ribbon cake -- I'll post some pictures soon.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
After a good 30 hours of work the pistol case is now ready to be delivered to my client. All it's lacking is an engraved nameplate for his son that he had me make this case for. I'm quite pleased with the final product. I believe it achieves everything it was supposed to. It's a good looking example of woodworking, it holds the pistol and the items needed for it, and last of all it's a safe and attractive way to transport the pistol. The approximate dimensions of it are 5" tall by 11" wide and 26" long.
The pictures below shows how the pistol fits into the case along with the powder horn. I decided to use a latch to close the storage compartment. It's lined with leather and will hold the balls, caps, and wads.
I hope readers of this blog have enjoyed seeing the process as much as I've enjoyed creating this case. If anyone is interested in any details of the construction or would just like to comment on this piece please feel free to do so. The next item I plan on putting on my blog are the dining chairs I recently completed. I'm going to challenge myself in another way by trying to use my new MacBook computer instead of the PC I've been using now. Bear with me though, I seem to be pretty slow when it comes to learning new computer oriented stuff!