Geoffrey

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  1. Geoffrey

    Morris Chair

    Very nice! That looks great.
  2. Geoffrey

    stickley bench project

    I have the same problem resawing on the bandsaw, so I do the same as Chestnut. Two passes on the table saw with a thin kerf rip blade, leaving a narrow connecting strip, and then finish with the bandsaw (if the board is under 6 inches wide so it fits). Then the thickness planer cleans it up. I do like Stickley pieces with some heft. I like to use a full 1" for most parts, or 7/8 at the least.
  3. Geoffrey

    Pre-finishing advice

    I like to pre-finish all pieces individually before assembly. It's just easier for me. I never have to worry about glue squeeze-out during assembly that way. With a cup hook stuck in the end of the piece either next to a mortise or on the bottom end of a vertical part, I can hang the pieces up to dry between coats of finish. I also only glue the mortise and the tenon, not the end grain.
  4. Geoffrey

    It’s a Coffee Table

    Very nice work. I really like the dovetail key in the through tenon. Beautiful job!
  5. Geoffrey

    Sapele Sideboard

    Thank you. This one is a bit long for a sideboard, but it works in that space. It will be holding extra dishes, so we called it a sideboard. For a dining room, Chet's Arts and Crafts sideboard from Fine Woodworking would be a better fit. I think the detail in earlier period pieces is amazing, and I doubt I'll ever have the skill to make a piece like that. For making furniture for the house, though, I really like the Arts and Crafts style.
  6. Geoffrey

    Sapele Sideboard

  7. Geoffrey

    Sapele Sideboard

    I actually did sign and date the underside of the top. I haven't done that before, but I thought I would for this one. At least I'll be able to remember when I made it ten years from now. And you are right about the curse on anyone painting it!
  8. Geoffrey

    Sapele Sideboard

    I can't believe it's been a couple weeks. Most of the time has been letting the varnish cure and off-gas a bit. First, though, I did get the rest of the doors on and the breadboard ends attached. The top is interesting and almost looks like notes on sheet music. (it's a bit busier under the bright light than it normally looks.) Over Labor Day weekend, I took the top and doors off and the shelves out. We brought it inside to live in the kitchen and put it all back together. At almost 99 inches long and 15 deep, it fit in to its new home. Overall, I like the sapele and will definitely use it again (although I still love using cherry, too). I have some boards left over, and we do need a couple shelves in the family room....
  9. Geoffrey

    Arts and Craft Sideboard

    Beautiful work! The hardware is perfect for what you made. I love the grain centered on the drawer faces.
  10. Geoffrey

    Sapele Sideboard

    Gee-dub, I am glad you posted that. Thank you! I had been planning on locking the center tenon and making slots for the pegs at the outer tenons. After reading your post and thinking about it, I will do as you suggest. The top is quartersawn and only 15" wide. The movement will likely be under 3/8", if that. I'll have plenty of room to allow all the movement to go towards the back and keep the front nicely aligned.
  11. Geoffrey

    Sapele Sideboard

    Steve, that's a great idea to prep the stock in multiple widths. I'll have to try that. Chestnut, so far I have resisted the 700; the 500 is plenty for me. I have used some of the 700's tenons, though. Before I thought of making my own, I bought some of the 8x100 tenons for a bookcase project where each section of the bookcase has a central upright that divides the shelves into two sections. To keep the shelves aligned, I used the domino to make a through mortise in the upright and the mortises in the shelves for the left and right sections. Then, I used the long domino tenon to run through the central divider and connect the two shelves to each other. It certainly kept the shelves aligned better than I could do if I were using dados.
  12. Geoffrey

    Stickly Coffee Table

    Beautiful work--I can't believe it was done in six days. I'm lucky if I get closer to six weeks than six months. The cherry and the execution of the Stickley style are both great. I love the bevel under the top. Is that only 45 degrees? It looks greater than that.
  13. Geoffrey

    Sapele Sideboard

    Over the past week, I was able to make the glue up for the top of the sideboard. Three long boards edge glued with dominos for alignment did the trick. I still need to sand, but it is starting to look like a top. I'd prefer to run it through the planer after doing the glue-up, but at 15", it is just a bit too wide for the DeWalt 735. I had to take it down to 1 inch thick before the glue-up. Sitting on top at the far end is a breadboard end waiting to be attached. This was my first try at making my own dominos to get an extra-wide tenon. Each one is 1.5 inches wide and fit nicely into an 8mm mortise. The breadboard end mortises should have plenty of room for movement. I'll let the glue dry on these tenons and then cut the slots for the pegs. I'll try to place the slot slightly closer to the main top for a bit of drawboring. But, the pegs will not go through to the top of the breadboard. These peg holes are only on the underside of the breadboard. I also hung most of the doors. I still need to finalize where we want the door pull. I was thinking 1/3 rd of the way down the stile, but now we are discussing placing it starting about 1 - 2 inches below the upper rail. I'll finish fine-tuning the doors before adding the pulls. Without the top attached, who needs door pulls anyway. Plus, blue tape can do the trick. The door pull will be the basic oil-rubbed bronze from Amerock, which will go nicely with other doors and drawers in the kitchen. And I think the color will go well with the sapele.
  14. Geoffrey

    Pekovich Case on Stand

    Beautiful work!
  15. Geoffrey

    Sapele Sideboard

    There are times I think about how nice it would be to make a Roubo. Fine tuning the doors to fit is making today one of those times. I have the guild Roubo project, but I think I'd really like to go to a class for a week and benefit from the experience, assistance, and large jointer there. My current workbench holds pieces flat very nicely for power tools. The more I have started using planes, though, the more I would really like a leg vise. In the meantime, a couple clamps on the outfeed table will do the trick.