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The top build is all done, including bread board ends, installed with drawbore joinery. Next steps will be building the apron-corner-leg assembly, then final sanding and finish. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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We got the main trunk and first 2 main branches completed, static-wired, and ready to collect dust! Thanks to Deb and Jonathan :) Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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In between work on the dining table, I have (finally) gotten underway on the main branch dust collection piping in the shop. Going to be interesting getting all those 6" PVC fittings and pipe hung from the ceiling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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With another little buddy on a project... :) Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Pleasant View Woodworks was recently transformed into Grampa's Workshop with a visit from some dear little buddies and girlie. :) Everyone got to try some sawing, hammering, sanding, and finishing on their special project. Special thanks also to adjunct shop supervisors Jonathan, Eric, Hannah, Sarah, and Deb. Some budding new... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I am doing sub-assemblies of pairs of boards first to make the final top glue-up more do-able. Cutting the domino mortises in the edges... Test fitting dominos and dry assembly... Spreading glue, putting boards together, applying MANY cauls and clamps, removing glue squeeze out... My sweet, able helpers :) Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Boards for the dining table top... Used the track saw to cut one straight edge on each of the seven boards. Ripped the other edges straight on the table saw, bringing the boards down to final 6" width. Then got them sorted and arranged, ready to start the edge gluing... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Face-jointing and planing the seven main boards for the dining table top. Got them down from 8/4 to a little over the final thickness (which will be 1-1/2"). Produced 4 drums full of pretty red oak sawdust! Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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My new project build? A dining table for my son, Jonathan. :) It's inspired by the Heirloom Table design, with some variations, from Woodsmith magazine. Time to start milling a lot of heavy red oak boards! Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Procuring and breaking down 125 board-feet of red oak, 8/4 and 6/4, for my next project, getting ready to start the build. Can anyone guess what it might be? Hint: it's a pretty big one. :) The lumber supplier had very little 6/4 red oak on hand. I needed 3... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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My wife did a nice cross-stitch many years ago, but hadn't yet framed it. Time to resolve that by making her a new frame for Mothers Day! :) To prepare for this build, I first made a miter sled that helped me cut perfect (enough) 45 degree miters on the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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This year my wife has received two nice paintings created by a talented friend of hers, but she has needed frames for them. So I dug out some red oak from the scrap bin and set to work... Cutting out the parts and cutting miters on the ends: Routing decorative... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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A couple years ago, my wife's mom bought her a table with a rustic wood top (mounted to an old iron Singer sewing machine table base) from an antique store. At the time, the top appeared to be in pretty good shape. It was a slab of red oak with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Now that the Shaker workbench is completed, it is time to get on some much needed tool maintenance before starting on the next project: cleaning the pitch and resin from my table saw blade teeth, and sharpening the chisels, plane blades, and scrapers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Some final details - making the sliding deadman, routing a groove in the underside of the front apron, and installing a grooved track for the deadman to slide in... Applying danish oil finish on the top and base... Completed Shaker workbench: Still waiting on some backordered bench dogs and hold-downs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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This was a long phase of the project - building the ten drawers that will go into the shaker workbench. Milling up the 40 drawer fronts/sides/backs plus a few test pieces... Cutting the joinery and putting together the fronts/sides/backs... Making and installing the drawer bottoms... Milk paint, then danish oil... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I recently made a Christmas gift for my Sweetie... Several years back, some friends gave my wife an old antique sewing machine table that had belonged to their grandmother. It sat in storage for quite a while; then last year we re-purposed all the sliding drawers from the unit into... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Build the top and bottom horizontal web frames: Build the vertical web frames. Cut dados (to hold drawer runners & dividers); trim frames to size and square: Using biscuit and glue joinery: Use screws to join the vertical web frames onto the horizontals: Install drawer dividers and drawer runners: Slide... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Hannah @pleasantviewsoaps has been using two long soap mold boxes for pouring her soaps. But she realized she would need some shorter molds that would fit in a refrigerator in order to cool down a new kind of soap she is producing during its initial cure process. So, we dug... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Next up on the Shaker workbench build: the drawer case. We acquired the rough 4/4 cherry lumber and milled out the parts into rough dimensions - all 60 of them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Making a new batch of natural wood soap racks for my daughter over at Pleasant View Soaps... Cutting the wood blanks out of poplar wood: Routing the rounded grooves in the tops: Using a dado blade on the table saw to mill the grooves on the bottoms: Lots of detailed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Turning and flipping the top to get it in position to finish it up (needed some additional muscle): Scraping and sanding for smoothness: Installing the mounting blocks, to which the top will be secured: Building/Assembling/Mounting the vise (Twin Turbo vise by Andy Klein) and apron: Top in position, vise installed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I had to put a pause on the workbench and vise for a little while to clean up and rearrange the shop (and the shed, and the laundry room). This gave me some more elbow room in the shop. You have to do some reorganizing and purging once in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Well now, making the top for the Shaker workbench is turning out to be a whole 'nother project on its own! Cutting white ash boards, 18 in all, to rough size and milling to final thickness/width... Making some heavy duty clamping cauls out of SuperStrut, and some clamping stands out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks