Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I don't know about you but it always seems that when I get towards the finishing stages of a project there are a multitude of details that must be done. Kind of like running a 50 mile race I guess, the last 10 seem to take much longer and require more concentration than the first 40. Doing work like hand planing the chamfers on the dust check, is really enjoyable. I suppose many would hook up the router and be done with it much quicker but something about hearing the plane make these curly shavings is soothing and calming. No real chance of burning the wood, splintering that wild section of grain, or spewing dust and chips all over the shop. So, why be ambidextrous? -- you always have to plane with the grain of the wood so that will determine which way your hand has to travel --- maybe that's what folks mean when they say " I just let the wood talk to me when I design things"! I like to plane about an 1/8 - 3/16 chamfer on the outside edge of the dust check to allow the lid to close easily and make a seal. I'll ease the sharp edges during the final assembly.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Next thing I did was to take a thin piece of wood and place it into the box near the ends as a "kerf keeper". This allowed me to use a flush cut saw to complete the cut. You can see the small section that remained.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I meant to tell you that I've finally completed my website for the pistol cases. It's kind of a long type in so I'll link it here, try this. As always when someone (especially the computer challenged like me) creates something on the internet I'd appreciate it if you find any glitches to let me know -- Thanks :)
You may notice the shiny spots on the two longer boards -- one of the thrills I get from resawing is that you never know what the grain will look like inside the board. In this case there were a few knot or worm holes which I filled with a sawdust/epoxy mix. Personally, I think that small knots or defects can add to the beauty of the piece, just so we don't get that knotty pine, cabin look on the pistol cases. The next phase of the cases is to size the panels and cut the dado for them. I'm going out Monday to talk to a perspective client that's needing some book cases built -- see what I can do for them!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
In my last post I mentioned the slight dilemma about getting that continuos grain pattern with the limited amount curly maple I had. What you see on the assembly table is the inserts for the pistols -- they net out at about 3/4". The piece that is still in the clamps will be planed down to about 3/8" for the doors that go over the storage compartment. Anybody remember those types of clamps? I picked them up for $10.00 each at a garage sale and they really work to glue up a flat panel. The guy I bought them from was complaining about how difficult they were to use because glue sticks to them and wax paper wouldn't stay put. I solved that problem by screwing full lengths of that UHMW plastic to them -- nothing sticks to that stuff!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
http://www.artisticframing.biz/ , so that he can mat the print, do his magic to keep the print looking good forever and place the matted print and glass into the frame. Glad to have it complete and now it's back to the pistol case project. Yesterday I went to Peterman Lumber to find a nice piece of maple for the panel the pistols will be displayed in. I lucked out and was able to find a nice piece of curly soft maple. Since the panel needs to be 9+ inches wide it was necessary to joint the edges and laminate them together. The trick is that besides the 3/4" thick panel needed for the pistol I also need a 3/8" piece to make the lid for the storage compartment. I believe in having the grain run continuously all the way through, from one end of the box to the other end. The lid is less than 7" long and my planer won't do a piece that short -- I do like hand planing but not a 7" piece of curly maple! Got that one figured out and I'll share that in my next blog.