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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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Dutch Tool Chest

October 9, 2017

Since starting to do more traditional woodworking over the past year, I have built up (amassed) a set of hand tools. They had no home in my workshop. Some were on a pegboard, others on shelves, under my workbench, in boxes, etc. I think I spent more time moving things around to make room and hunting for tools than actually making anything. The chest is based upon plans from the October 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking: https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/details-on-the-dutch-tool-chests. I made it…

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