Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Last time the mortise making on the rail side was done. Now the leg side.
I normally like to keep my leg blanks square for joinery when I can. The front two legs are to be at angles pinching into the desk and need to get angles planed in where the drawer pocket meets the leg. This would be unnecessary if the desk was square, or I had put a visual space and made drawers to come out a little away from the leg.
At any rate I need to cut some of the profile to allow those little juts to become the angles I need.
This however is the last part of that whirl wind. The dowels is where the drawer pocket partition meets the back apron. I used dowels because normal mortises would have been all cross on end grain which doesn't help too much and the partition is too thin for lateral tenons... dowels was the answer.
That is one full corner of joinery!
Getting to this point was a big relief. I stood back to study it a bit and couldn't find much energy to do much else for the moment. Hopefully the scariest part is over, hopefully.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Once again I'm working with angles off 90. Furthermore none of the leg joinery angles even repeat! Well except for the side apron and side stretcher because they are on the same side.
I rough cross cut components on the table saw and took them back to my bench where I used this perhaps odd set-up. Dig it or oppose it, this is the way I tend/like to work heh. With no angles matching, what's the point of making fancy jigs? I'd need like 8 of them! I simply used a little ingenuity in choosing how I made the cross cuts on the table saw to be able to dial in the angles afterwards with minimal sweat :).
I'm not a machine, I'm flexible, as are the projects I work with. I train to trust and be confident with my hands to be able to effectively fine tune complicated builds like these. SOme will school me with jigs and machines, but as one would guess they're simply not for me ;).
Above is a top view look at a back corner of the desk "shop drawing".
To the left the side apron comes to the leg and to the right the back apron meets the leg as well. The further to the right there's a drawer pocket partition. Always looking to maximize joint strength, this is what I've come to for this corner. The back apron was thick enough for two 3/16" tenons but I figured I'd maximize the depth of the side apron 1/4" tenon and use a 1/4" + 1/8" twin tenon in the back. The sides also get stretcher so I can put a deeper tenon in at that location.
In theory I'm pleased with this set-up, I think Robert would be too heh.
Also to make like quite easy with the curved pieces I'm using a small riser block to clamp to which with bring the last 1.25" of the curves to a "flat" plane allowing the tenons to come "straight" from the aprons... Low tech and effective, again.
Next is the scary part... Putting mortises into the legs at all sorts of angles... and I don't have any spares! Yikes!!!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Cherry Display Cabinet
18" x 23" x 7"
Cherry (air dried), Maple (air dried), Jatoba
The glass in this piece presented photographing problems. I couldn't get the lights in position that I really liked due to reflection hence the big shadows.
I kept the facets and kept them a little more evident. It was fun for me, I like the results, and I think others will enjoy it too.
Trying to capture it in a photo is another story. Click on the pic to enlarge it and you should be able to see it in the shaping of the end grain/side.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Even with Walnut's favorable attributes for such a technique I took the time to hand plane each surface after they went through the thickness planer and before the lamination. This plane is still new to me but it feels like it will continue to be a good performer given the right attention.
While these and the other frame pieces are settling a bit hopefully I can get on to the main joinery. Still have to figure all that out though!
This perhaps will just supply challenge in an otherwise more simple project and practice in doing the best with less than ideal material which I'm sure I will continue to struggle with ;).
Perhaps see you there!
Friday, May 6, 2011
As I get further into this project I realize that for such a simple looking end result there is a fair amount going on with this desk. Even in the substrates!
The for drawer pocket partitions are made with flat birch ply, two different thicknesses though. The side aprons are being made by bent lamination of 1/8" ply lams. Then the back apron is lumber-core constructed... and I still have to make a decision on how to construct the two side stretchers!
Building something of the sort with an organic intention is neither quick nor easy. If it was, we'd see more of it I think.
Above some bake-ins are being applied to a drawer pocket component.
Wheeew now that the substrates are mainly done I can get to the veneering. The up coming couple weeks may be a bit touch and go because I'm starting a new part-time job hopefully as a barista on a high-end "coffee bar" and bakery (yay/yum) and will have some overlap with the other. Somewhat decent timing though as I only have enough clamps to do one veneer clamp-up at a time and my Father looks to be starting a sizable project and will be in the shop.
Hopefully I wont get too cranky from being out of the shop! ha
Monday, May 2, 2011
Last I have just got the Walnut veneer on the desk top and smoothed that all out. Applied edges were next for me. I decided I'd just use the iron I had in my other smoother for now and tune up the new plane. I'm feeling the pinch as it were. Trimming these little edges isn't really critical enough to judge a plane by however I do like the feel of it thus far :).
I used a number of 1/8" thick slices of Poplar as flexable cauls gluing one side at a time.
On that note I have hesitantly started a facebook page. The little lady has been suggesting it to me; I figure I'd give it a shot!
Nicholas Nelson : facebook
I've also put a link to it in the side links here and on my website.
Check it out if you wish!