Thursday, April 24, 2014

oops, thrice.......

The plan in the shop tonight was to level the feet and then go watch the new Master Woodworking class. I did both and I watched the class much better then how I performed in the shop. Tonight was one of those times where I really wonder if my IQ is in double digits. It's been a while since I did a bone headed thing, so I was due I guess.

first clamp off
I learned a very long time ago that yes with a big clamp you can bring crappy joinery together and close up gaps. However, when you take the clamps off it may crack, move, split, or explode on you. I have had all this happen to me and it's something I have not forgotten.

Removing clamps has made me nervous about this step since then. Tonight I got no groans, creaks, or movement.  None of the clamps popped off as I loosened them. The stool also has contact with the bench on all four feet so I don't think there is any twist neither.

this is about what is looked like before  glued up
feet leveling first
I made the front leg parallel to the workbench top and measured it. I'll be taking this off of the back legs.

scribing my saw line
I made the amount to be sawn off about an 1/8" less than what I measured. My reasoning is that I don't have warm and fuzzy feeling that I'm doing this right. That 1/8" may be ok, or I may have to remove it. It's easier to take it off then it is to add it.

sawing off my 1/2"
I made the scribe line all the way around so that I don't have any blow out from the sawing.

had to make a correction on this leg
other leg was better
It was a bit awkward sawing the first leg because I couldn't position myself in line with the sawing. I had stopped after 8-10 strokes to see where I was and saw that I had to make a correction.

pretty close on this side
just a wee bit higher on this side
I'm awfully close and I tired to plane the back legs down some. What I should have done was saw down to what I had measured rather then giving myself a fudge factor.

Caught the corner of the block plane.

oops again
I thought I was being super careful on this leg after catching the first one. This one bit me on the butt when I came from the other direction.

glued and cooking
I can't saw these until I cook the blow outs. I'll be leg leveling again tomorrow.

notching out for my seat
oops for the last time
I remembered this
What I failed to do was add the 1/2" for the back and front overhang. The little voice in my head told me to leave this long and saw it to width after I did the notches. I didn't listen. I told myself that I'm a better woodworker now and I don't need to do that. Looks like I should have done it at least one more time.

I'll have to 6 square another seat blank
I'm not sure I like this
I got this overhang correct and I think it's too much. I don't want it flush with the outside of the back legs but I think this should be cut back to maybe a 1/8" vice 1/4". I have some time to mull this over.

accidental woodworker

New Mexico State fact
Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

side braces cooking.......

The only thing I accomplished in the shop tonight was cooking the side braces. I got the last clamp on around 5PM, which is the time I try to never work past on a weekday. This handtool thing is very relaxing not to mention it's a whole quieter then my electron munching machines.  I can't think of better way to unwind from the hospital than the hour or so I get in the shop after work.

I didn't forget
I didn't get this done before I left the shop last night. I went back down after dinner and glued it up. The purpose of this is gap filling and won't be used to hold down the seat.

time to trim the half laps
I don't think that 1/2 lap is correct. These are closer to being 1/3 or 2/3 laps depending upon how you look at them.

first batter is a chisel
Paul Sellers uses a chisel a lot to trim and fit tenons. I've been watching a few you tube videos where the chisel is the "trimmer" too. I'm going to give it a try and see how well I do. The small one I don't expect any problems with but the larger one the chisel is on may give me some fits. The trick will be making this large one flat and even.

used my small block plane too
I used the chisel mostly to get the area by the shoulder done. I was then able to use the block plane to level out the rest of the 1/3 lap.

lays pretty good now but I still need to do the back dado
knife walls done - using my dovetail saw to saw the outside walls and in between them too
taking out the waste
Of course the leg is in the way so I can't use a hammer here. I could but I would have to tilt the chisel into dado and risk blowing out past my depth line. I used the palm of my hand as a hammer instead.

almost done
I did this waste removal from both sides. I went 1/2 way from each side by placing the chisel above my depth line and pushing away and up from there. Then I did a quick cleaning chop straight down.

router will get me down to the depth lines
trimming the angle
I want the end of the angle to be about a 1/16 strong away from the edge of the leg. I've a pencil mark that I'll shoot down to.

I sawed this one
The other one I shot to rough length and this one has too much meat to shave off. I'll saw this just outside of the line. Once it's cooked, I'll plane the proud flush.

needs a little tweaking
I had to tweak and play with both of the 1/3 laps. Both needed the end by the shoulder taken down some. I did that with my tenon float - scrape a little and check the fit, repeat until it lay flat. This dance is what took most of the time in the shop tonight. I didn't play with the back dado at all. I did all the trimming and fitting on the front 1/3 lap.

last dry fit before glue up
Both of my dadoes in the back came out too tight. I had to plane down the brace back end to get them to fit. I would rather do that then have the fit loose. When I was able to close the gap at the front with hand pressure only I quit trimming.

This glue up was quick, easy, and without stress. Not one expletive was uttered during the glue up and no clamps or other woodworking equipment got flying lessons.

I am glad that I decided to do the braces first and not the leg leveling. As I was doing the braces I saw and felt the stool legs moving as I clamped it up. That definitely would have necessitated another leg leveling dance for sure.

One step down and two more to go. I think I'll have the stool done by friday but I am not sure if I'll get it painted come monday.

accidental woodworker

New Hampshire State fact
The USS Albacore (AGSS-569) was a prototype submarine built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and commissioned in 1953. She was the prototype for the modern submarine tear drop hill. She was decommissioned in 1972 and is now a museum in the city of Portsmouth New Hampshire.