Tuesday, April 21, 2015

some good and some bad......

Haste makes waste and don't count your chickens before they hatch and all that other cutesy saying crappola.  Bottom line, I mind farted again sometime last week and I smelled it tonight. Oh well, fecal matter is happen stance, isn't it?

The plan tonight was to dry clamp the base, get my shoulder length measurement, and bang out some tenons. The dry clamp of the base was ok, check mark #1. I got my shoulder length measurement, check #2. Check #3 for making tenons didn't happen.

almost dry clamped
Doing this by myself was a fun adventure in hell. I felt like I was rehearsing a 3 Stooges routine. I finally got it done and I don't think my heart rate got much over bazillion beats a second. I can't imagine what it's going to be like when it comes time to glue all the interior rails at the same time too. I may have to enlist the help of my wife when that time comes.

the haste and waste part
For the eagle eyed readers, I'm sure you see the two errors. Numero uno are the smelly button mortises on the wrong side of the apron. #2 is the tenon not in the mortise on the right. That is because when I glued up the long apron I put hide glue in the wrong mortise the first time. I have a couple of hiccups to scare off first.

it's a bit snug
I'm sure that I could tap this in with my mallet but I don't want to risk splitting the right side mortise wall.

quick work with a chisel and the tenon slid into the mortise
rearranged the shop
I moved the drill press over here and pulled the table saw up closer to the knee wall. This table is taking up a lot real estate.

dry clamp looks good - all the shoulders have closed up
I'm square
I got the diagonals within a hair of a 1/16". This one is 76 5/16" and the other one is a hair over 76 1/4". I think that is pretty good for something this big.

my shoulder length stick
This is the point that I picked to make my measurement stick. The frame is almost dead nuts square and at this point here it is closest to the legs. I measured the location of the drawer runners on the right and that was 29 5/16". The center rails come in at 29 and not quite 3/16". The left side drawer runners are 29 3/16". The stick reads the same here and at the bottom of the apron and also on the same on the other end of the base.

Both the front and rear aprons have a bit of dip and doodle in them that makes the measurements different up and down the length. But at the ends where the go into the legs there are no humps or hollows. I'll use that measurement and that should straighten out the aprons and help to square up the whole base.

L to R - center rails, drawer runner rails, and the tilt rails
double triple checking my mortise gauges
I left my gauge lines running long just in case I had to reset one or all of the gauges. All 3 fell right into the lines.

I did something right - one point for me
marking the shoulder length
I clamped each of rail groups together and knifed a line across all of them at once. This is as far as I got tonight. I got the mortises for the buttons done and I'll have to plug them. But that is something I can do later. I think that is something I don't have to practice doing first.

Mike left me a comment about getting the table out of the cellar and it got me thinking about it again. I had already measured all the doorways I have to maneuver the table through and I did it again. The table will be leaving the cellar in two pieces. The base and the top will exit separately.

The base is 29 1/4" high and all the door and openings (4 of them) are 31" or 32" wide. I think it's doable and if not I'll have a sharpening station bench.


accidental woodworker    day 11 done 25 more to finish the table

trivia corner
What was the first name of Lt Colombo from the TV series Colombo starring Peter Falk?
answer - Phillip

Monday, April 20, 2015

long aprons glued up......

For a day that was supposed to be cloudy and rainy it was surprisingly sun filled but a bit on the cool side. Still nice nonetheless and I I actually went outside and did some yard work. The tree in my front yard was getting a little wild with some branches growing into the cable and phone lines. I don't care if the phone line goes south but I need my internet.  I used a pole saw to trim branches because I'm too much of a clucking chicken where ladders and trees come together. I feel safer with a my feet on terra firma doing pruning work.

drawer apron glued and cooked
I glued this up last night around 1900. The split in the leg had been clamped up for about 8 hours by then and that was sufficient I thought. Besides, it will be glued again to the tenon cheeks. I used hide glue for this (I used yellow glue for the split) and I plan on using it for the remainder of the table too.

The first batter up this morning had me playing around with the peg placement. I couldn't find anything on line as a guide so I made up my own. I wanted them close to the shoulder but in the meat of the tenon. I am putting two in each tenon and the other thing I wanted was to make sure they weren't stacked in line with each other. I don't want a crack in one to telegraph into the other one.

the tale of 3 drills
All three drills made a hole that the peg fit it without any problems. The two brad points are dull or I am not using them correctly. Both of them I had to lean on to get them started and neither one of them like drilling in the pressure treated lumber. I ended up using the 1/4" twist bit to make my holes.

Moving this glued apron around had me looking for a safe out of the way spot. With the two legs on the ends and the naked apron, it flopped around too easily for my comfort. I really don't want to make another one at this junction in the game.

clamping saddles are ready to sue
clamped in place
dry clamp is ok - applying glue is next
The way I did this was to put the clamp on the top and just give it a hint of snug. A quick grip on the bottom counteracts the bessey wanting to pull the top in. Once these two clamps are in place, I put two more clamps opposite these top and bottom.

tight line on the inside
tight shoulder on the outside
The extra length in the clamping jig paid off. The clamps holding the saddle jig aren't even close to the clamps pulling the joint together. And I obviously am exerting enough force to close up the joint.

it's hogging the whole bench
I am dead in the water now. I am not going to attempt to move this at all but let it stay right here and cook until tomorrow. I didn't think this one all the way through.

not as much room to move on this side
Of course the side with restricted movement is the one that decided to act up. I had to use a lot more clamps on this side than I did on the other one.

the problem
This saddle jig dropped right over the apron with room to spare. That room is now throwing a hissy fit. I had to crank down on the Wetzler clamps with a pair of pliers to get them to close up on the apron.

wee bit OTL
When I made this and the oak one, I had no intention of ever using them. To me they were something to be made just to say I did it and tick it off the B list. However, last week I needed a square and my woodpecker was on the table saw so I grabbed the closest one. Then I realized that this one wasn't square so I grabbed the oak one which is. Today I'm going to change that so if I have to grab this again, I know at least at this point in time it was square.

short leg is a bit better but still OTL
11 swipes
That is all it took to bring this into square. I use the woodpecker as my shop square go - no go reference. It says that this pine square matches it now. I used my small block plane and it was quicker and easier to do than I expected it to be.

Now what do I do? It's not even 0800 and I'm done already in the shop on a sunday? At this time I had to go to Whole Foods and get my coffee for the week and a cinnamon twist for breakfast. While doing that errand I thought of something I could do that would allow me to work around the apron.

Yikes
When I got back from Whole Foods the saddle jig on this side had shifted on me. The bottom had moved in toward the leg and the top had a gap in it. My torquing down on the Wetzler with the pliers wasn't working. I cut a couple pieces of scrap to keep the saddle jig from toeing in on me. On this side I wedged it against the shoulder of the leg and the jig.

wider piece on this side
This scrap is the length of saddle jig to the outside of the leg minus a hair or two. It's wider in width to keep the saddle jig and the clamping board on the leg as parallel as possible. If I use this jig again I'll use two pieces of wood like this to keep the two clamp surfaces parallel.

changed the clamping board
I used this thin clamp board first because I didn't want to cut any of my scraps to use. I don't know what I am going to use them for but I didn't want to cut them up. Had no choice here and I picked one that I had the least amount to cut off.

chisel sharpening I can do
Not exactly in my top 1 million things I want to do on my A list, but this can use a touch up. It's still cutting and sharp but I can see the edge of the chisel is fracturing. I'll be doing this by hand too. I'm getting better at this freehand sharpening but I'll say it again - I would rather use a honing guide.

sharp, honed, shiny, and still square
I've got my happy face on right now.

7/8"  match plane irons are next
Working on my molding planes is something I can do without disturbing the glued up apron. I'll need this match plane later on in the table build. It is sharp and someone had done it recently too. I'll be starting out from square one with this by flattening the backs on both irons.

a leisurely hour later and I'm done
These are a well made and taken care of match planes. Both planes have a iron wear plates so these were made for using and not occupying shelf space. I oiled up the irons and put the planes back in the plane till until I need them.

honing paper from Lee  Valley
I wasn't expecting this. I was expecting 'sandpaper' and the left one has a plastic covering on the back and the right one has a PSA backing.  I wanted to use this to hone my molding irons but I'll set this aside for now. I'll have to look this over after I get the table done.  Ten I can spend some quality time looking at it with a stupid look on my face trying to figure out how to use it.

complex molding iron honed and shiny
The molding plane this iron came out of is another well cared for plane. The iron wasn't sharp but it was clean as was the plane. The plane doesn't show any signs of abuse or hard use. I got the impression that this was a special plane for E.F..

stropped and really shiny now
I didn't try to make this profile now. I'll wait until the apron is off the bench before I do it. On these past two irons I didn't go nutso shining the face and back with each grit of sandpaper I used on the profile. I just removed all of the grunge and rust. It is somewhat shiny but it isn't necessary to make it look like the stropped shiny of the bevel.

last one for today
I find that sharpening and honing the beading irons to be very easy to do. The flats I do on my stones and the round I go with sandpaper wrapped around a dowel.

thins out
I almost bent this iron in half. When I first stropped it the bottom end bent up and I was lucky to see it happening and stop. If I had kept on going I wouldn't have a beading iron but a big scratch stock and a broken tang. The tang is painfully thin just to the left of where the shine disappears (the left of my thumb). I don't know if this is a replacement iron or not. The plane is in good shape with no signs of abuse. But this is a plane that has a lot of mileage on it. Well cared for mileage, so this plane was used a lot.

almost got it
I was dialing in the iron setting when the boxing on the heel of the plane came loose. I glued it back in place with hide glue.Before the boxing came loose I had cleaned the plane and the sole, which was caked with dirt, with Murphy's oil soap. I used this sparingly and wiped it on and wiped it off immediately.  I don't think Murphy's caused the boxing to come loose but it was me using the plane that made it loosen and fall out.

This is a good place to call it a day. Tomorrow I should be able to dry clamp the base up and finish up making the interior rails. The table top making isn't too far off.

accidental woodworker     day10 done 26 more to finish the table

trivia corner
On what TV show did Robin Williams first appear as the the alien Mork from Ork?
answer- on Happy Days