Chip Sawdust

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  1. While I really like the Greene and Greene look, and have now made several pieces in that style, I'm now quite intrigued by the Federal style of fourniture, with its stringing and inlays. While I think inlays are somewhat beyond my dexterity level, I think stringing and Fluting are right in my wheel well, so to speak. To that end, I started researching tools panda methods to accomplish this. Steve Latta is the renowned expert in the world of these things, and there are many others. Latta has gone in with Lie-Nielson and has a beautiful set of tools available for the better part of $400. As a beginner, hobbyist, where there's no money to be made I hesitate to spend that much on a lark. However, Lee Valley sells Fluting blades and you can get eight or so for $30, and LN sells stringing sizing blades, a set of two for $15 (possibly the cheapest thing on their site). So I bought a set of each from each vendor, and proceeded to make my own holders. Garrett Hack has some videos and articles in FWW about stringing, so I made one of his tools, and another article by an ther out for has a different holder, so I made some of those as well. Anyone who has experience in this area I'd be glad to know a few things. I see holly used as stringing, but I have easy access to maple so plan to use that. Any problems there? Pitfalls? I've searched this site but found not much about the actual making and use of stringing. So here's my spot where I'll out a few things.
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    Stringing, Fluting, Beading and such

    I made one of these a while back when it showed up in Wood or FWW or somewhere.... I made the cutter from a broken kitchen knife. It will work as a string cutter too It has a pretty long "arm" on it so I can make cuts way deeper than I'll ever need to. But with a pin in the far end of the dowel it could be a pivot tool as well.
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    Stringing, Fluting, Beading and such

    That’s great input Immortan, thanks. I found (so far) with the multitude of holders I have that I can experiment with pressure and angle, etc. Holding the blade by hand never occurred to me! So I’ll keep that in mind
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    G&G Bed Frame

    So I started this project, a Taunton plan for a Green and Greene style bed frame, a little over a year ago. Life gets in the way, so rather than dragging this out, now that I'm here, I thought I'd toss some pictures up and get some input from the gallery It all started out with quartesawn white oak, with ebony accents towards the end of the project. That and a set of plans...
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    G&G Bed Frame

    The You’re absolutely right, gee-dub. I call my G&G efforts a hybrid at best. I don’t care for some of the elements they used, but the cloud lifts, ebony bits and sturdy craftsman style appeal to me. Americana at the turn of the last century. If i ever had the time and a creative bone in my body, I’d hope to develop a style of my own. But I freely confess I rip off ideas from the classics and build what I’m able to. I give full credit to the pioneers who came before me and I admire their incredible creative and industrious energies.
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    So I'm setting up an office, but I have no place for reloading, and have done that for years but the hiatus has been over a decade. Time to revisit my old hobby. I thought about this bench for quite a while, and it has features I've never built into anything before. So here goes the story
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    Ok so here’s the underneath bit that does a good job of keeping the press in position. The inserts by themselves stay in with friction, but this required a little extra support and security. I put 1/2” rate earth magnets on two small blocks screwed to the insert that the press is mounted to. A small corbel is screwed to the 2x4 stretcher underneath. It holds real well, although I have yet to load any ammo with it. Based on experience, I know it’ll be good to go.
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    Ha, all my posts have been in an iPad (this one from an iPhone) so maybe the mobile site isn’t as user friendly. Sometimes they differ in functionality. Side note, I just ordered a new Powermatic benchtop mortiser and I’m super excited.
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    I haven’t quite figured that one out yet, Chestnut. But I’ll get better at it. Every forum has different ways of doing things and I’m no expert. I figure I’m lucky to be able to put pictures in So you’re not being rude; I like a clean layout as much as the next person. I just need to spend a little more time on the mechanics of it.
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    Ah, that’s the trick. Rare earth magnets. I’ll post pics later
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    I'm not patient enough for ACP type ammo. Too much chasing around to find where they jumped off to after firing. But hey, we have 12GA in common I think for ACP I'd want a progressive too, and I have all I'll ever buy for loading (so I say today).
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    It's my second bench, or third if you count the ad hoc bench I used to have in my garage. But this is the first one I built for use inside the house. The hutch will come later, after I make the next honey-do project (two end tables). I haven't ever hunted much, just like the physics of shooting and the camaraderie of fellow shooters. And reloading is kind of like a science project for each caliber and type of weapon, whether pistol or rifle or shotgun. I keep records and study results, it's the way I think
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    I made the drawers nice and deep... They hold a lot.
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    Au contraire, mon frère ! The left hand side is for my Mec 600 for 12 GA. I just didn't illustrate it. I have dies for 44, 300, 357 and 220 Swift
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    So the top was screwed to th 4x4s with some lag bolts, the heads recessed with a forstner bit cut. The front by the inserts needed a bit more strength so I added found #8 screws 2 1/2" long to hold things tight. The cutouts in the top I lined with oak, but the inserts aren't lined. I figured I can always add new inserts, but didn't want the top to wear out over the years and oak ain't gonna wear out. Those were cut to near size then planed flush by hand. Lots of hand work on this project. I have plans to build a hutch for storage above. This top is 60x32 and the hutch will be about 60x12 and a couple feet tall. I'll post that later, probably in this thread, as it'll take a lot more time and care to build. If you have questions about this build, fire away. It was a quick build and I wanted it done so I can start organizing my office. I'll build a writing desk later
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    The drawer handles were from the local Ace Hardware store. They work, nothing fancy needed for this utility bench.
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    And here's the reloading press mounted to another insert. Hey, it worked!
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    The bench was too heavy to take downstairs for finishing, so my beautiful and understanding wife didn't complain when I decided to finish the bench in my office. As long as I had the drop cloth in place, of course This is the "plain" configuration.
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    Add some oak trim to the edges,and make the angled cuts for the inserts as well. Here you can see I had the top on the floor, as I had to hold it between my legs and use a rasp to clean up the angled cuts where the not-so-precise cuts from the jigsaw needed cleaning up. No power tools to do this job
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    And voilà, you have two slots. Why two? I want to use the other side for mounting the case trimmer and other accessories. So I'll make more slide-in blanks as I grow this process.
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    Now for the part I hadn't tried before. The idea was to have a sort of dovetail slider from the edge of the bench which I could remove, as a blank, and slide in one with the reloading press mounted. That way I could easily remove the press without bolting and unbolting stuff. It seemed Li,e a good idea and I still think it'll work well. But précision cutting devices in my shop for something like this boiled down to an old jigsaw. So I marked my lines and cut to 45 degrees in the three sides, coming in from the edge. Finish the cuts with a pull saw...
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    Had some quartersawn white oak (who doesn't?) and made the drawer faces with that.
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    I intentionally made the drawer sides a little large so I could tweak them to perfection; this is the process.... And the result...
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    Three drawers later, once again we prove the adage that you can't have too many clamps!
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    Reloading bench and utility desk

    I was going to do dovetails but ended up usn finger joints for the drawers. I built a 1/2" finger joint jig years ago, for 1/2 x 1/2 joints, but these were 3/8 tall joints so I made a new index finger for it that was 3/8" tall yet still 1/2" wide.