Nice job, big improvement
Originally Posted by AwesomeOpossum74
I dunno, man. You might just have a talent for this stuff. :)
It's too kind of y'all to say. But I think one of the things I like about this discipline is that, mostly, you won't screw it up by lack of skill. You'll just go slower. Lack of judgment on the other hand . . . see leg 1.
Tonight I got the two legs glued up last night dimensioned (the two one the right). One of them is good, and one of them is slightly imperfect. A very small gap at the ends. I knew it was going to happen because I had a little trouble compressing them together before glue-up, but I did it anyway. Oops. Judgment, as I mentioned.
I was able to get the legs square but boy was it some work. Forty five minutes per leg if my clock doesn't lie. Most of the delay came from flattening the sides where the joint was exposed. The legs had shifted against each other while glued, and so I had probably 1/8th to take off for about half the length of the board. That seemed to take a good five to ten minutes on each side, for each board. So it might have been as much as half the time consumed by a single mistake.
I really need to set up some cauls for the next clamping. I'm going to check if I have any length to spare from the boards I have. If I do, I'll set that up before I glue up the first stretcher.
You may notice there are five legs here! There's actually one more coming. Some of the 4x4 pieces are used to connect the front and rear legs.
At some point I need to decide how wide I want this thing to be. I have the 2x4s to make it about 20" deep. Or I could add the tool well per the instructions. Then I'd be at about 25". That's as deep as a man ought to need, especially in a room only 10' deep.
Earlier we were discussing my financial restraint (or lack thereof) when it comes to tool acquisition. Well, the shop still needs more tools. Particularly, we're missing:
- panel saws (rip and crosscut)
- fine saws (tenon and dovetail)
- dust collection/cleanup
- a soft hammer/mallet
- a jointer plane
However, I was suitably chastened by folks who suggested I learn to work with tools that don't start out perfect
. While I can't promise I won't shell out for the good stuff again someday, I decided to take advice and buy some used stuff and some cheaper stuff. I was on the point of buying $800 of Lie Nielsen saws, but I said, "What would the guys think."
That being said, things do need to be bought, so here's what I've decided on:
- For saws, I'll just buy a replacement blade for my two-sided pull saw ($10). And I bought a Japanese dovetail saw from the same brand ($20). This should carry me some distance. I can worry about push saws later.
- I will buy a bucket-top cyclone dust collector and shop vac. I know I don't strictly need this -- I could sweep up. But it's cheap enough and DAMN there are a lot of wood shavings. The shop vac will have other uses around the house as well.
- Hammer acquired on Amazon ($20).
- Used Stanley Sweetheart #7 ordered on Ebay. My bid is at about a third of the cost of a new one from Lie Nielsen. I feel confident based on watching YouTube videos that tuning the sole and sharpening the blade is within my skill range.
- I will cheap out on the tail vise. Rockler has one with anti-racking rods on sale for $70 for Black Friday. I anticipate using the tail vise mostly to hold boards against dogs, so this doesn't need to be that fancy. Also, a vise like this is good enough for Paul Sellers . . .
- But I am still going to pony up for the Lie Nielsen face vise hardware ($250).
All in I'll spend about $1k less than I was originally inclined to. Save a penny earn a penny!