Saturday, April 19, 2014

one mortise of four done......

My thumbs will not stop aching. This is the first time that they have carried on their song for a week.  Maybe that is a good for me because it is making me slow down. This week I've done less than I would normally do each night in the shop. I've scaled back on what I expect to accomplish each night. Tonight I did what I thought I could do in about an hour or so. I got the apron tenons sawn, trimmed, and fitted into the back legs. Tomorrow I plan on completing the other 3 sets of tenons and get this stool glued and cooking.

it's square
This is the first thing I did after I removed the clamps. The diagonals were off less than a 1/16". I also did a quick visual sight over the legs to see if there was any twist. I was happy to see that there wasn't any.

sawing the shoulders first
Sawing these tenons isn't going to be an easy dance to do. If I had done better with the bridle joint I wouldn't be doing this here now. Next time I do one of these I'll do all of that trimming and fitting dry of that joint and saw the tenons first.

the other side of the tenon
I had to flip the stool in order to do the other side of the tenon. I had to do this for the other leg apron too. I clamped the leg down with two clamps and sawed the shoulder. I didn't have any problems sawing any of the shoulders.

no wiggling or movement as I sawed
tenon cheeks are next
This set up didn't work. The clamps are clamping at an angle and they weren't that secure. The sawing of the cheeks is high up and there was too much movement and vibration as I tried to saw the cheeks. I started with my 16" tenon saw and swapped over to my carcass saw but got the same results.

the leg vise worked
I was surprised at how well the leg vise gripped the stool and eliminated all movement when I sawed the cheeks out.  I sawed the cheeks as you see it here without any support on the outboard side.

I left my cheeks fat
sawing out my ends on the cheeks
I used my dovetail saw to do these four saw cuts. I used my new tenon planes to trim and fit the tenons into the leg mortises. This took a while to get done because I'm still not used to the tenon planes and I trimmed the cheeks in multiple small steps. I wanted a tight fit with the mortise and tenon.

one down, one more to go
left side
right side
There is a good fit between the  cheeks and the mortise walls on both of these. The top of the outside of the mortise is blown out a bit on the edges of both. This is acceptable considering this is my first hand chopped through mortise done with a bench chisel. The glue will help swell and close up some of this and wood putty will take care of the rest of it. Once it's painted no one will even know it's there.

marking the bottom of the back legs

one is off from the other by a 1/4"
I'm sawing them to length based on the longer measurement
left the longer line just in case
Once this is cooked I'll be able to get a better idea and a measurement of the legs based on how the stool lays on the deck.

blew out this chip when fitting the tenon
pulled the chip up
I'm going to glue this now rather then after I glue the tenon in. I stuck a chisel under the chip and lifted it up so I can get glue on the whole of the chip.

clamp and blue tape will hold it while it cooks
practice is paying off
This is from sawing the legs to length. I'm pretty good at getting square across the face.

much better
It's not square. There is a sliver of light between the blade and the body on the right. When I first started sawing I was doing it in a corkscrew pattern front to back. At the front where I had a plumb line to follow I was square but the far end tended to be a bit wonky. Now I'm doing pretty good front to back too.

still open
The glue didn't swell and close this gap up. This is the dado that the bevel gauge moved on me as I marked it. Another spot for wood putty.

The weekend is supposed to be ok. Earlier in the week the forecast was sunny and warm. Now that it's friday the weekend weather has changed. It'll be kind of warm but not sunny all day. There will be some clouds and a chance of rain. After having frost on my windshield this morning, I'll take whatever warmth mother nature serves up.

accidental woodworker

Nevada State fact
In Death Valley, the Kangaroo Rat can live its entire life without drinking a drop of liquid. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

treads done....

My thumbs have been acting up lately and won't quit singing songs to me. Even pulling a staple out of paper at work hurts. At times my left will hurt more then my right, which is my master hand. It doesn't bother me that much as I'm working but when I'm done and not doing anything it does. In spite of this annoyance, I still got a few things accomplished tonight.

legs ready to clean up
not much proudness to remove
This is a good thing about a bridle joint. It's either even or the mortise or the tenon is proud. This looks much better then it did when it was dry fitted.

tenon is proud on this leg
wedged joint
This is the leg that had a gap at the bottom that I plugged with a wedge. I can't see it all not that it matters now. This stool is going to the in-laws and the first words I heard was "what color should I paint it?". So I don't have to go nutso with the glue up but I will to practice on that too.

dadoes line up on the legs
the top is flush and even
I worried about this being ok for nothing. After I planed the bridle joints flush and even everything lined up leg to leg.

labeled my treads
I have three details I have to put into these treads and it would be a tragedy if I put the wrong detail on the wrong edge.

the back of the leg angle matches the slope of the leg
 I managed to lay out the angle on the bottom tread going in the wrong direction. I caught it when I put it into the legs to check it.

the jack hogs most of the waste
refined with the #4
planed an edge here
Once the initial angle was planed this edge came to a sharp point. Rather then leave it like that I planed a small flat there. Even though it's the back of the tread I think this looks better then that sharp point.

got the back of them done correctly
sawed most of the waste off and the chisel will take 99.9% of the remainder
this doesn't look too bad for just chisel work
I cleaned up the round over a bit with my spokeshave first. Once done with that I sanded the round overs with some sandpaper. 

got my practice in front of the real thing
I marked a 1/8" pencil line in from the edge. I will plane from one edge down to this line. Since my spatial ability isn't any good I got my practice piece where I can see it so I won't make any mistakes here.

Did the same dance steps here with the jack and the #4 planes. I also repeated the flat on the pointed edge.

eyeballing for my overhang at the back
decided on this
After playing with the overhang I decided on a 1/4". The 1/4" brass set up bar works well for setting it. The angle on the tread matched the angle of the legs. It's not a perfect match but I don't think anyone is going to break out protractors and bevel gauges to check it. It looks good to my eye and I'm happy with that.

glued up and cooking
I could not think of a way to check this for square. I know that my tread ends are square so I'm hoping that will be enough to square this up.

I didn't get to the tenons tonight but that should be in the top 40 hit parade tomorrow. I can get this leg ass'y into the vise to saw the tenons. Cleaning them up may be a bit awkward but we'll see what shakes out there.

accidental woodworker
Nevada State fact
In 1931 the Pair-O-Dice Club was the first casino to open on Highway 91, the future Las Vegas Strip.