Monday, April 25, 2011
Seems as though it has been a while since the last post on this.
Pictured is mortise making for door hinges. This was just after I refinished my butt chisel handles. You can see the difference between those and the original finish on the bench chisel.
I think this is a good thing to be able to do. I like to know that I can make these kinds of panes fit just right. Not tight but not sloppy. It allows me to work with smaller tolerances, which I like.
Once the glass was cut and put into place I marked the mullions on the sticks that hold the glass in place. Pictured above was after cutting the waste with the band saw. Used chisels to fit and clean them up.
Actually it is done. Cleaned up the sticks, softened their edges, glued the pull in place, finished everything that needed finish, installed glass into the door, and hung the door. :D
Alas I have another waiting game. I ordered a pair of studio strobes (photo flash lights) and was given notice a couple days later the they are on back order. They say it will take another week or two but I have had bad experience with things on back order in the past :/.
While I'm waiting for those I will of course resume work on the Walnut Desk :).
Thursday, April 14, 2011
So, I got a 3"x3"x12" blank from the local "woodworking store". They sell these as turning blanks though I don't really know why this is such a popular size but it works great for most hand plane projects.
I scraped the wax off and let it sit for a while. Then did some milling getting the cheeks and the main body cut out. I let these sit stickered for a few weeks for them to move as they please.
Then using the iron itself to help set the distance between the ramp and the front I drilled holes in the top corners for locator dowels. Trimmed the dowels flush so they wouldn't interfere with the glue-up.
I do happen to have these cauls and flaw board "laying around" for plane making :).
Some like their planes rougher than others. I tend to like mine relatively shaped smooth as is more comfortable for my small soft hands hahah ;).
Here's hoping it will be a loyal performer!
This project along with cleaning up a bit has been good for me to get back in tune with the shop space as I still hadn't acclimated since my return from IP. I'm also enjoying a couple "bonfires" cleaning out my scrap bins that have over flowed from winter.
Alas the seasons change and it can be easy to lose one's way with our short Minnesotan Summers ha. We'll see... ;p
Monday, April 4, 2011
I have managed to get some work done back in the shop. I'm back on that Cherry Display Cabinet. Doing this door again. After taking it very slow and carefully with milling the frame stock down I'm feeling pretty confident of its stability.
Made a new template for the panes of glass. Ugh, that's another thing... Glass shelves. I just can't find a quality glass cutter around here! As it looks I'm going to have to opt to have the glass cut and ground then get another grinding wheel and put buffing wheels on it to polish the edges myself. I've never polished glass before. I've used buffing wheels with metal before. I would think it would be fairly similar.
Currently the door has been glued-up and fit to the cabinet opening. There's still enough work to be done to keep me busy for a couple days... if I can finally really get in the shop that is. I still have a couple non-shop things to do :/.
I think it's good to reflect on one's "way" and asses "their path". Seems to be part of "the human condition" at least for me. It just sucks that it gets in, what seems to be, the way ha.
In attempt to reconnect, I took some time later in the evening to give my little chisels some love.
I like these Ashley Iles butt-chisels but I'm not fond of some of the fit and finish of them. The Bubinga handles covered in hard thick finish, the cheap ferrules. I stripped the hard finish off with scrapers and files and re-finished them with a single thin coat of oil. Also I took some sand paper to the ferrules to clean them up a bit.
I'm going to need to replace my 1/8" and 1/4" chisels soon and have been wondering about switching to a whole new set. I'm still undecided... I wish more people made quality butt-chisels.