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With the leg mortises done, it was time to move onto making the tenons on the stretcher beams, end stretchers, and back mullions. Test cuts, test fits, and cutting shoulders on the table saw... Cutting the tenon cheeks for the large stretchers on the bandsaw... Finessing the shape and size... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pleasant View Woodworks
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The Shaker workbench will have a pretty beefy frame, and the main joinery between the legs and rails will be mortise and tenon. Here we are getting the leg mortises cut... First - mark the layout lines, and hog out the mortises using the Festool XL: Then finesse the mortise... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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So, this spring I have a handful of house/yard projects to get worked in between stints on the new workbench build. Last summer late, some of the local deer re-discovered our gardens, and in one night almost completely wiped out everything that had been grown, wasting a whole season's worth... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I milled up all the cherry timber-frame pieces to final dimensions for the Shaker workbench... Jointing, planing... Cutting to final width, length... Gluing up some double 8/4 for the beefy legs and front and back stretchers... Drum sanding, planing to final thickness, widths... Arranged, sorta... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Well, the decision is in - I plan, Lord willing, to build the "Ultimate Shaker Workbench" by Fine Woodworking magazine. I will be making it a few inches deeper and will probably adjust the drawer arrangement, but basically the same plan. I obtained some 8/4 thick cherry and 4/4 soft... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Now that the farmhouse dining table is completed, it's time to move on, Lord willing, to the next big wood project - a large piece of "shop furniture" - a proper workbench. Initially I wanted to build a version called the Jack Bench, a bench designed by Charlie Kocourek. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Getting the table all wrapped up the evening before... Arrived at our friends' house (pre-stay-at-home order!), ready to heft it from the van into their dining room... Unpacking and assembling the legs back on... Turning it upright and setting in place... A happy, godly family; worth it all! "And whatsoever... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Pre-finish prep for the top: block planing & scraping edges to remove scoring marks. Sanding at 120 & 220 grit, then burnishing with a maroon 3m pad (to help the stain absorb a little lighter)... Staining with GF Antique Oak stain, with help from two skillful wiper-downers :) ... Applying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Sand, sand, sand with 120 and 220 grits: Stain with General Finishes water based Antique Oak stain (with a lot of help from my daughter :) ): Apply 5 thin coats of General Finishes water based High Performance Flat topcoat: Test-attach the apron and legs: Next up: sand-stain-finish the top;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Did 5 hours of fussy sanding, 120 grit and 220 grit... Applied General Finishes Antique Oak water based stain. The parawood legs didn't take stain very well, even after all the fine sanding and using pre-stain conditioner; but my friends like the character of the blotchy appearance... Applied 5 thin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Fabricated the four corner brackets that will hold together the aprons and legs. Lots of little fussy 45 degree cuts... Cut some dados into the apron pieces... Assembled the aprons, corner brackets, and legs... Used the biscuit joiner to cut slots that will accept the clips that will hold the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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For the dining table, it was time to do a little bit of old school 2D design work on the corner brackets that connect the aprons and legs, having to adapt a Woodsmith design to a different size leg... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Chamfered the inside corner of each leg: Planed the aprons and corner braces to final thickness. Then laid out the legs and aprons, and braces for a reality check: Routed a decorative bead along the bottom edge of each apron board: Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Wrapping up the construction of the top of the white oak farmhouse dining table... Installed the second breadboard end: Rounded the corners with a rasp and sandpaper: Filled some knots and checks with epoxy, and sanded them flush: Routed a 1/8" roundover all the way around, top and bottom edges:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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After getting the table top re-joined, flattened, and trimmed to final length, it's time to start installing the breadboard ends. Not only do breadboard ends add some aesthetic beauty to a table, they serve a structural purpose. Done correctly, the breadboards help prevent the top from cupping across its width... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Some of you may recall the Maple Queen Bed project I was building for my daughter Hannah last spring/summer? I completed it in July or so, but it has since been stored, covered and in pieces, until such time as Sweets made her decisions on what she wanted to do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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While helping my daughter Hannah move into her new room, I had to move and re-install a couple of older pieces I had for her some time back... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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After looking at the glued up table top closely and checking with a straight edge, I decided I was not quite satisfied with some of the joints or the overall flatness of the top. So, after some prayer and some deep breaths, I cut the top back apart (carefully!) along... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Time to take the two half-tops and get them glued into one big monster top.... First had to do some edge-jointing with a handplane on the adjoining edges to get them so they will clamp up flush. My Veritas low-angle jackplane did a fine job and is a real blessing...... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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So, I've decided to split the dining table top glue-up into two parts because of the size and weight. Here's the first part all glued and clamped up. I used biscuits and clamping cauls to help with alignment of the boards... Here they are after glue has dried and joint... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Once I got the top boards and breadboards milled to final thickness and width, it was time to experiment with how to lay them all out. Need to take into account pleasing grain patterns, getting the edge grain directions alternated, etc.. Here's how it came out - look OK? :) Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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With a project this large, there is a lot of work involved in just getting the pieces milled to size. Here are the results after doing the jointing, planing, and rip-cutting to final thickness and width on the pieces for the top... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I will soon be starting on a farmhouse table with breadboard ends for a family at church. We traveled up to Culpeper to procure all the white oak I will need (lot of 8/4 for the top). Had to cut to rough length out in the driveway before bringing it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Drawer being glued and clamped in a nice, warm environment... :) Notching the lower drawer guides with a legacy bandsaw I recently got from my brother-in-law, previously owned by my Dad... Gluing in the side guide strips... Gluing up the top... Got the bevel on the underside done, scraped all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Pleasant View Woodworks