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Everything posted by Bombarde16

  1. Amazing, isn't it? A hard deadline always seems to make the work accelerate. Seriously, though, fast is the only way I could tackle a large-scale project such as this. The individual parts are so massive that it takes over what small space I have. Either I get it done quickly or I keep tripping over it everywhere I turn.
  2. I needed a bed for the guest room and I needed it quick. This is Matthias Wandel's basic 2x4 bed design, executed in queen size and following the "feet hang off the end" variant. Finished it just in time: I'm out of town for the next week and a half and I have family booked to stay in this room right after I get back. What more to say about it? It's solid as a rock and I had it done in a week. I picked out the eight best 2x10x8' boards in the bunks at Lowes and ended up only needing five of them. Mr. Wandel's design calls for the rails to attach with screws, I splurge
  3. Here's what Gottshall suggests. I see more construction lumber prototyping in this piece's future.
  4. Still a few details to clean up but I think we can call it essentially done for the purposes of this thread. Some lessons learned: The square portion of the legs above the pommels should be smaller. I went back to look at Gottshall and, sure enough, that's a detail I had missed. By that point in the build, though, I didn't want to re-engineer all the internals and decided to let it stand. It still needs some drawer pulls. Not sure what I want to do for those. The spacing of the two drawers visible on this face means that whatever pulls I make will be positioned in an odd place
  5. Drawers drilled and pinned. 1/4" poplar dowels off the shelf at the BORG and, just to be whimsical, some bamboo skewer stock for contrast. Make things flush and smooth. Spray with finish. Stand on back patio staring at things while thinking very loudly, "Dry faster...dry faster...dry faster..."
  6. A miter saw can only make through cuts. A table saw sled can also cut joinery.
  7. It allows me to fine tune how far the drawers slide into the openings. Trim the tails of the drawer sides to make positive contact with the back of the opening and you've got a good way to ensure the drawer lands where you want it. Beyond that and in this case, I simply goofed. The drawer bottoms came from a 4'x2' sheet of 1/4" ply that's been kicking around the shop for forever. I made my first rip and found I was off by a 1/4". Clearly, I can't math. Now that entire strip is useless. I worked it out but the drawer bottoms came out noticeably shorter than the full depth of the drawe
  8. That briefest of moments when I contemplate the base in its incomplete state thinking, "I can make the drawers later. Let's just get it in place and out of the shop." I've got too much going on and am playing hooky from more important work to build this table. But I've gotten it this far and don't want to condemn the piece to eternal unfinishedness. Dovetail jig is in pieces in storage. These are small, light-duty drawers. So I'm trying rabbets & butt joints which will be pinned with dowels later tonight. It's hard to argue with a sequential grain match.
  9. You can check out any time you like but you can never leave.
  10. I dare you. Four legs in different styles, different shapes, different wood species, different everything...except for the length, obviously, so the table can sit level. That would be cool. Should have had that idea on the first page of this thread and maybe we'd be in a different place.
  11. Well, then, let me read you in on the secret of turned legs: They're not the same. The four corners of a table are separated by such distance that you'll never see the inaccuracies in my turning. Moreover, one really needs to view at least three spindles lined up in a row (impossible in a table) to pick out inaccuracies. A balustrade, for example, would be a much more exacting test than a quartet of table legs. It helps to have multiple spring calipers so you're not constantly changing and resetting dimensions. It's a tremendous help to do a full size drawing on a piece of sheet
  12. That's a lot of glass (lenses) behind a lot of glass (door). Will the next unit be equally as large? My first thought is that this would have been more successful visually and less stressful technically as two smaller cabinets instead of one large one.
  13. Even with a good template and a sharp bit, the router still burned, bit, and scratched enough that every one of these curves needed a lot of sanding. Mmmm, sanding. My favorite. With dowels in the legs, I can get the stretchers set exactly how they need to be. If these were straight pieces, the half lap could be cut with a table saw. Curves are only marginally more challenging: Scribe the lines and use a plunge router. If you've done any inlay work, this is the same thing. I already carted my offcuts out to the burn pile and they got rained on last night. No loss for fir
  14. Even showing up for work from time to time.
  15. Two stretchers cut and routed. Hardest thing was making sure that one is right handed and one is left handed.
  16. Patterns. More patterns. In this case, I worked out part of the geometry in SketchUp and then started in with compasses and bevel gauges. Pattern stock was part of the shipping crate for the new lathe. Grizzly boxes their wares in decent quality stock. Where the two curves have their little jog, the stock gets down to 7/8" wide. That's about as spindly as I dare go. Should look cool with two of them crossed and half-lapped.
  17. That briefest of moments when one asks, "Does it really need the feet and crossed stretchers?" And all the boards in the shop scream in unison, "Yes!" And I apologize to the lumber for a clear and flagrant thoughtcrime. And so it goes.
  18. Legs, meet short aprons. Long aprons and drawer openings, I see you hiding back there. You're next.
  19. Three trumpets... ...Four. No more turning more.
  20. One trumpet... ...Two trumpets... ...I love to count the trumpets. Ha Ha Ha
  21. Foolish me. I have this thing called a lathe. Lathes are capable of drilling holes. Holes drilled. Time to start making some trumpets. Lots roughing out. Lots of chances to practice making long planing cuts with a skew.
  22. All four feet turned. Wasn't sure the stock would be long enough to do integral tenons. It was, but too late. So I'm doing a floating dowel that pierces the stretcher and joins leg to foot. Need to beg some time on a floor standing drill press because my benchtop Ryobi isn't big enough to drill into the ends of the legs.
  23. Nabbed a piece of particle board. Painted it white and drew some pretty lines thereupon. Started chopping, drilling, and turning. Yay, Monday.
  24. Hooray. My pile of semi-milled primary wood is now joined by a pile of semi-milled secondary wood.