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Shaker Chess Table Turning

Why build one when you can build two!

November 12, 2017

After a quick detour this weekend to participate in the Turn for the Troops event held at Woodcraft stores, it was back to the garage to try to make some progress on the chess table. I started to turn the post for the chess table.  As planned, I decided to use some 4x4s leftover from building a cat tree about four years ago. The wood is good and dry, and more importantly, is the right size to work with. Unfortunately,…

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Shaker Chess Table Shop Notes

Processing Stock for the Chess Table

November 5, 2017

I spent today getting a bicep and tricep workout in the garage.  I had seven cherry boards to flatten, each about 7 inches wide and 36 inches long.  Several of the boards had substantial twist to them and all of them had some cupping and bowing. Making this process even harder is the lack of a good workholding solution on my bench for working faces.  I settled on a 3-point plan of holding boards.  Two screws at the lefthand side…

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Shaker Chess Table Shop Notes Turning

Shop Notes – 2017-10-20

October 20, 2017

Turning I brought a fir 4×4 down to round this morning.  I need to sit and sketch out the pattern that I’d like for it, including taking measurements from the article I am working from to lay out for the top tenon and the bottom sliding dovetails. The blank was roughed out with a 1″ spindle roughing gouge.  I then decided to get some practice with the skew chisel.  Taking a 1″ skew to it, I immediately had a catch…

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Shop Notes – 2017-10-14

October 14, 2017

I didn’t have a chance to spend much time in the shop today. What time I had was spent checking lumber stock and testing some of the auger bits that I have recently restored. Testing bits However, I was able to test an expansion bit and a no 13 Irwin auger bit with my brace after having cleaned them up a few days ago.  Both of those bits have rather large square tapers that barely fit into the chuck of…

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Preparing for the Next Project

October 11, 2017

Since I have finished the dutch tool chest last week, I’ve been thinking about the next project that I would like to make. My goal for this project will be to: Learn at least one new technique; and, Make something that I will want to use on a regular basis in my home; and, Give a home to some rescued items. I’ve been spending time looking at a number of traditional furniture styles with an eye toward the Shakers.  In…

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