Thursday, October 28, 2010

Enter the Stand

Two of three planks of Kwila that came from Cormark Int atop the new set of saw horses. I finally don't have to do a balancing act while trying to rough cut lumber with only two horses again. Don't let looks deceive you. Even though the horses are made of little they are sturdy! I gave one a test by sitting on it for at least 30 sec (my butt started to hurt ha). Two of them can handle me sitting on a plank while scrub planing said plank.

Getting all four legs from one plank. This was a great selected plank! Clean grain that has a subtle curve to it. A true rift toward where the center of the tree would be for the front legs and quarter-leaning to the outside for the rear legs. This plank is also for far the best working Kwila I've laid edge to. The other two planks don't work as nice though.

Legs with the insides shaped and apron parts to the left.

It has been a long time since I've made legs at vertical angles to the joining aprons. I forgot about the more time involved. I've left the outsides of the legs straight and square for now to help me with joinery... such as making sure the angled joints equal 90 degrees seen above.

Now this is starting to look a bit complicated, or at least intensive. The side aprons are so fat because they will also be acting as my drawer pocket sides. Even though my aprons will end up canted to the side I'm once again keeping two sides square. I've planed the joinery to be vertically straight because I felt it would be easier to avoid any twisting in assembly due to not getting angles quite right. With that planed I have room to do some twin 1/4" tenons. I'm splitting those up into four 1/4" tenons because they would otherwise be so tall. Though this doesn't allow for as much glue area on the tenons (though there's already plenty) it does make the mortises stronger resulting in a stronger joint... in my theory ;).
Here's to not pulling my hair out with these!


Nick Brygidyr said...

those are FAT rails! did you think of veneering them instead?

youre getting close to being done, can you smell the finish line?

Nicholas Nelson said...

Yeah I thought about veneer but I don't think it is necessary.

Ha it doesn't feel like I'm close. There is still a lot of work to do, including drawers which looks like I'll be fitting from the front :/.

Nick Brygidyr said...

booo front fitting! try the "fitting the drawer upside down first" thing hah

Nicholas Nelson said...

Heh wellll it wont work for me because of the angled sides!