Monday, September 29, 2014

The Mortising Marathon

The two chair production run steams ahead. But first let's get our head around the back slats. I beveled the back seat rail and the crest rail to make them co-planer. This avoids a fitting epic for the four back slats. Without the co-planer bevel, the inside slats would be shorter than the outside ones (a bit of a mind bender, but yes they will be). I estimated the top and bottom angle using a couple of sticks, cut the bevels on the bandsaw, then fine tuned the bevel angles with a hand plane, until the back slat blanks (cross-cut at 90 degrees) sat nicely between the rails. I also make the crest rail mortise in the rear leg a hair longer than the rail mortise to allow adjustability.

Here's some mortising footage. The pic below shows the set-up for the compound angle on the side rails. I mill a block to get me close to the angle, then use a block plane to cut a small bevel on the block until the rail sits down to the right angle. about as high tech as my jigs get.

No jigs required. Here's the back slat blanks receiving their mortises using the bevel cut on the top and bottom rail. I used double stick tape to hold the rail and a stop block in place.

Back rail and crest rail get shaped and receive mortises for the back slats. Cut & clean the concave side first, it's easier to clamp on the bench.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shaping and Trimming

Ganging up the rear legs and scrubbing the bandsaw marks. With this immaculate summer wind-down, it's been a treat to work with the shop doors open. The compound angles on the chair rails.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014


A few pictures of the bench frame joinery and glue up. Like the table frame, I used my bench end vice to glue up the long aprons and legs. When it came time to mill up a few more table top clips for the bench, I made a trip over to my dedicated ceiling hanging spot in the machine room where I stash my patterns. I was happy to find my 'little buddy'/cheat sheet from last time. I like it when the bunkhaus operating procedures smooth out the road. Ever since The Fen discovered the spokeshave, he's been shaping any off-cut he can. I see he's still in his PJ's here, that's just the way we roll during school holidays.

I pulled the trigger on a router table replacement. despite the glowing reviews in Fine Woodworking, the table is showing a couple thou' dip with the weight of the router. and the fence wasn't square.  They also need to find a smarter way to level the router lift...painful...a bunch of crappy nuts and bolts isn't going to cut the mustard boys. but whatever, it seems half decent, and I'm looking forward to spending some time with her.