Lumber for the Next Project

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. :)

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The lumber supplier had very little 6/4 red oak on hand. I needed 3 boards @ about 5" or so wide. But he just had this one big honking board @ 17+" wide, very unusual. It looked in good shape, so I got it and used the tracksaw with a long guide rail to make my 3 narrower boards.

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A Cross-Stitch Frame

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 frame pieces. Thanks to William Ng for the design and procedure for this sled.

 

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After milling the four frame pieces and cutting them to a little over-length, I used the table saw with a flat tooth grind on the blade to cut rabbets on the back side edges. Then I routed an ogee molding profile on the front inside edges. Then I used the miter sled to cut the frame pieces to exact length and cut the miters on the ends.

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After gluing up the frame, I cut and glued in splines across each corner joint to reinforce them.

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Then I applied some Early American stain, followed by some water based poly finish, and it was all done, just in time for Mothers Day!

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Frames for Paintings

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:

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Routing decorative profiles on the edges...

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Gluing up the parts:

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Cutting in some splines at the corners to reinforce the joint strength:


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Staining and finishing:
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Rebuilding a Top for a Sewing Machine Table

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 natural live edges along the front and back.

(This is a different table than the one I made the top for a couple months ago.)

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After a few months of storage in my wife's sister's garage, we picked it up, brought it home, and set it up as a bedside table. However, over the last couple years, the top developed some severe splitting and warping. I brought it to the shop and checked it out. Apparently the table's original maker had rushed the slab into service before it was dried and stabilized. So it did most of its drying (and shrinking and warping) with us. And the maker had secured the slab with screws through holes that did not allow for wood movement. So, with the tension between the wood movement and the rigid attachments, the slab just self-destructed.

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Time to remove and rebuild the top.

Cutting out the two main split areas; jointing and planing to flatten the resulting 3 pieces; and milling up an extra piece to restore the width that was removed...

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Gluing and clamping the pieces into a new solid slab. (Had to fabricate some special clamping cauls to accommodate the live edges.)  Scraping the glue lines, and trimming both ends to flush them up...

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Sanding and finishing; cutting the mounting holes on the iron base into slots to allow for wood movement; attaching the top to the base...

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All Done!

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Some Overdue Maintenance

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...

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Shaker Workbench, Completed!

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...

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Applying danish oil finish on the top and base...

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Completed Shaker workbench:

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Still waiting on some backordered bench dogs and hold-downs from Lee Valley to install, but basically all done and ready to use to start making furniture!

Thanks to the Lord for His grace during this long project!

 


Shaker Workbench, Building the Drawers

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...

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Cutting the joinery and putting together the fronts/sides/backs...

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Making and installing the drawer bottoms...

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Milk paint, then danish oil going onto the drawer fronts and knobs...

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All done with the drawers...

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Next up:  making and installing the sliding deadman, dog holes, finishing the bench.


Making a Gift - White Oak Table Top

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 handy little desktop holder thingies and gave them to our friends' daughters, and my wife and daughter. But still, there sat the remaining iron frame with the now-dilapidated wood framework and non-working sewing machine. So, it was time to make something nice of it and gift it to my wife...

After removing the old sewing machine and stripping off all the remaining wood parts, I got out some pieces of white oak and made a new table top to mount on the iron frame.

 

Milled up three pieces of white oak to about 1-1/4" thick and glued them up...

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After trimming the blank to final size, I cut underside bevels along all the edges. This would make the thick top have a less chunky appearance...

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Then I filled knot holes with epoxy, scraped and sanded through grits to 220g, applied several coats of General Finishes High Performance clear water based topcoat (adding just a few drops of red mahogany stain to warm it up a bit), buffing between coats...

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All done, and time for the gifting...

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Shaker Workbench, Building the Drawer Frame

Build the top and bottom horizontal web frames:

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Build the vertical web frames. Cut dados (to hold drawer runners & dividers); trim frames to size and square:
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Using biscuit and glue joinery:

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Use screws to join the vertical web frames onto the horizontals:


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Install drawer dividers and drawer runners:

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Slide the completed drawer frame into place inside the bench:
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Time to start making some drawers!