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    A Coffee Table for Christmas?

    That is what one grandson wants Grandpa to build....and, he wants a drawer in it, too

    Picked up a few Ash planks today....one of the 1 x 6s was 10' long....barely fit in the van..
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    Also a couple 1 x 6 x 6' and a 2 x 4 x 8' Somehow managed to get the ten-footer to the shop....made two cross cuts...was going with 40" long...didn't quite work out
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    By the time these 3 were squared up to each other....top was just over 36" long...and will be around 16" wide...got out the jointers
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    Used both the #7c and the #8...
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    Wanted to get the edges glue-up ready...took awhile...was finally able to spread some glue, add the clamps and cauls..
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    Need to decide which face looks the better....this one, or..
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    Will find out in the morning...maybe I can start the legs....aprons will be after that....no bottom shelf to worry about.....going to try to make the drawer front from the from apron...might be "fun" to do? Have a deadline, this time around....
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    Put the planes away, sweep the floor....done enough for one day. Leftovers from the 2 x 4 x 8' will be used for the vise rehab....Ash might make decent jaws?

    Stay tuned..

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    Ok, clamps came off today...
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    3 hours of shoptime, today...hauled the 2 x 4 to the shop...
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    2 blanks, 17" long...needed these ripped down a bit..
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    4 leg blanks needed tapered..
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    set these aside...needed to bring the better of the two 1 x 6 x 6' planks to the shop.
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    2 long aprons, 2 short aprons...had to bring one of the short scraps to the shop, trim to match the other short apron.
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    kept the best of the long off-cuts, since I had ripped the aprons down to 4", these will be bread board ends.
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    Have other plans for this long apron....stay tuned..

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    Hmmmm, kind of hard to type, one handed....and eat lunch.

    "Front Apron" needs a drawer...so
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    I made 2 rip cuts...while keeping things in the same order..
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    Then a couple cross cuts...centering the opening..
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    And glue 4 of the parts back into an apron...set it aside, for now..
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    Figured I could work on the other 3 aprons..
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    Lay out a few tenons....
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    6 out of 8 tenons are now milled...waiting on the last 2...
    Will have to rip to final width..to match the drawer apron..saw kerfs. Legs were cramping up..time to close up for the day...
    Stay tuned...

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    Bread board ends are now installed....via sliding dovetails...film when I get around to it....

    Mortise jig has been set up, awaiting shop time on Sunday. the 3 wide aprons now match apron #4 in width....saw kerf from each edge.

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    Mortise jig was set up...
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    Used the tenon that will go here...to lay out the mortise..
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    Then chop for a bit..
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    Usual suspects.
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    The big mortise chisel is a Buck Brothers, cast steel, 3/8" chisel...as some of the mortises were a bit too big for the 8mm one. Was one other tool in use..
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    Single point...easy to just reset as needed..Pays to mark the insides of the aprons..
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    So I can keep track of which end goes where...
    Was finally able to do a dry fit..3 hours, to do 8 mortises?
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    Getting slow in me old age? Also managed to rough cut parts for the vise rebuild...then cleared the top of the bench off..
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    Need to set up a jig ..or three...have work for another type of plane..
    Stay tuned..

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    Ok..while the bench was cleared off..I checked two chunks for size..
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    New jaws for the vise...AFTER the Coffee Table gets done..
    Next plane to get used?
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    Have some bead work to do....

    Why is it, every time I start a mortise...a knot gets in the way? 3 of the mortises had a knot going either along one side..or right straight across...Narex lost a chip when it hit one of them...

    Fun part will be later...drawer runners need made and installed...with nothing showing on the outside of the aprons....thinking a 1/2 blind dovetail....then add the guides after...

    Finger joints for the drawer front...Grandson seems to like them...
    Stay tuned....this may turn out to be...fun

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    Paying the price for going back to the shop.....ow...back is stiffened up...legs are crampy....oh well..
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    Aprons now have a bead along the bottom edge..
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    Then the legs got the double bead detail. First, a couple of them needed cleaned up..
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    lots of skip-plane marks as well...
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    Same leg..after the Stanley #3 got done..
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    Figured IF I get any shop time, tomorrow...I can glue the base together....so..
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    Cordless Mitersaw....needed 4 corner blocks...
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    Hmmm..more like this..
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    Then drill a few pilot holes...
    Then countersink....all set up for the assembly Then, maybe a start on the drawer?

    Stay tuned...

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