|Top & Shelf Ready|
Okay, so trolling on Ebay, what's that all about? As part of my simplifying process I tend to sell anything I haven't used for a few years on Ebay and that was the case recently with a Marples mortise chisel. I rarely use it, the hollow chisel mortiser takes care of the grunt work for that operation! In spite of that, I really do prefer quiet hand work to noisy tool operation whenever possible.
That's the case with fitting the drawer bottoms for this table. Sure, a router and a rabbet bit would have accomplished this task quicker but I wanted to use my Stanley #78 Rabbet plane. Only problem is that I've never had a fence to do that operation properly --- enter this: Ebay sale from Briar Collectables.
The fence is what allows you to cut an accurate rabbet, before I found it I would clamp a straight edge to the board to guide the plane. That was a cumbersome, crappy solution at best. Here's the old tool, outfitted with the fence:
|Stanley #78 with Fence and Completed Bottom|
The first cuts are always made across the grain. I found that by pulling it backwards at an angle, the nicker would score the wood first:
|Scoring with Nicker|
|End Grain First|
After scoring the top it was just a matter of repeated passes to bring it to the required size. I find that by wrapping my hand around the fence and bottom of the board it's pretty easy to control. After both sides were completely rabbeted it was time to finish off with the front of the piece which is edge grain. Notice that now it's making shavings rather than end grain chunks!
|Edge Grain to Finish|