Up until now its been hit or miss when I come to my old blog site mostly because I have been out in the shop building, editing my YouTube videos, shipping special orders or working on the new web site. I will at least try to enter some of the articles from the website here from time to time. Jump over to Sandhill Woodworks to see more.
Here is the most recent one.
How to make a “drawbored mortise & Tenon joint”:
Once you have your mortise and tenon ready to install after dry fitting drill two holes through the mortise piece without the tenon making sure you go deep enough to penetrate the material on the other side of the mortise by the thickness of the outer wall of the mortise. Dry assemble the joint and use the same brad point bit you just used to drill the hole now locate and transfer the hole centers in the tenon don’t forget to clamp the joint before you mark the tenon. Disassemble the joint measure 1/16” to 1/8” back towards the shoulder and mark an offset on the tenon directly in line with the mark you just made with the bit. Drill the holes in the tenon at the new offset marks. Before you drive your pin into the hole you need to taper it at least enough to pass through the mortise and half way into the tenon (if you don’t do this the pin will not past the offset and you will break the pin or the tenon). Hammer it Home! Did you forget to put the glue in the joint? Not a problem, you don’t need it. When the pin contacts the offset hole you will actually notice it starts tilting slightly. Once you reach the other side of the tenon, the pin should straighten out when it bottoms out you will know by the sound and you’re done. This joint was used hundreds of years ago in ship building and only in the 18th century was it used in furniture building. Today it is simulated to give an astatic effect to furniture Green & Green employed this in their design.
After two months the build is done and tested now all that is left is to disassemble ease the edges then sand and apply a finish the finish will be BOL and back togather just in time to get some time to use it before going the school in SanDeago.
The control over the cut is unbelivable
Three years ago I would never dreamed I would be interested in Marquetry also spelled (marqueterie). Back then I thought it was gaudy, loud and not at all attractive I still do not care for the 16th century Florence and Naples designs with Marquetry but I do highly admire the craftsmanship required to produce it. I think it is the furniture design itself that I do not care for because of the aftermarket knock offs that use painted on designs that try unsuccessfully to replicate it. After seeing a few simpler designs on some Arts & Crafts furniture using inlays I began to open my mind to some of the possibilities that could incorporate “Marquetry” into “Arts & Crafts” furniture. There is also a vast amount of information out on the internet this link will open another page to the “American Marquetry Society” and explains the basics in the form of a beginners guide and is a very good read if you are considering taking up this art form. My journey began when I found a few guys that were building their own “CHEVALET” and going to attend ASFM “American School of French Marquetry” in San Diego California that was almost two years ago. Both of them attended the school about a year ago but I was not able to attend, “life just gets in the way sometimes” but now that my journey has resumed I am almost finished with building my CHEVALET and I am registered for the February class at ASFM along with my wife so it looks like we will get some practice using our newly build CHEVALET before attending classes, how lucky are we? Its really close to being finished I hope to have it finished in time for thanks giving.
We all screw up from time to time and I am no exception today I was making what has been termed “Tumblers”. They are small parts so the use of the table saw was not an option for me so I had to make the parts from larger stock that I could cut off and clamp to drill the center after cutting a dado on each face of the stock. My mistake was to not split it in the center and then drill it so I ended up with the matting dadoes on the wrong side and if I turned them around the round holes were on the wrong side. I think its time for a few days off.
Its been a busy 4 or 5 days we picked up the new AC/Heating unit so this week will will be devoted to installing that. I have a set of shelves to build and before I can get back to the shop that has to be finished but here is how far I have come on the how far I have come on the “CHEVALET” build.
OK We are all signed up for ASFM “American School of French Marquetry” with Patrick Edwards at the helm it will be a great experience. The course is French marquetry pictures in wood: design considerations, making the veneer packets, cutting techniques using the “chevalet”, assembling the picture, gluing the finished marquetry panels, and finishing. The Boulle Technique stage involves cutting several layers of veneer or other materials simultaneously, using perpendicular cutting. This technique produces both a “positive” and a “negative” image of the design, each with a different background.
While I am waiting for the rods to come I thought I would play with the seat it slides forward and back. Its my version of a Sam Maloof inspired chevalet seat. The foot peddle and lever arm are done I just need the holes drilled for the leaver as well as the wheels then I will mount the lever in the mortise made in the bench we are getting close all that is left is the saw and tune up.
I completed the last work on the router table a few weeks ago and started on the first of two projects that will be done at the same time because of the things needed to be done. Joint and Plane a lot of 8/4 stock.
The first project is a cabinet makers bench but a little different from most. I am using the “Veritas Wonder Pups” along with the “Veritas Bench Pups, Pair” in place of the end vice with dogs (sometimes called Wagon Vice). I will have a “Leg Vice and Sliding Dead Man” in addition to the Pups I will use the “Veritas Surface Vise” But for now I have started to build a “chevalet” which is what you see in this photo. By working on it for a while I’m hoping it will add value the school we will attend in Feb to learn more chevalet de marqueterie.
Here it is all done
This item is for those of us that can not cut a straight line but want to use dove tail joinery on our projects such as draws, boxes and case sides. The one I chose was the 14° Guide, solid brass and clamps to boards 1/4″ to 1″ wide.My saw is 2″ x 8-1/2″ with 22 tpi, dozuki tooth form. and preforms both crosscuts and rip cuts.The saw is held by rare earth magnets covered with low-friction UHMW plastic to keep the saw aligned.After I put it through its paces I will post a review along with a short or long video telling how I like it.
Over the past number of years a number of wood working web sites have grown to include pay subscriptions to learn how to do everything from building furniture, applying and choosing a finish to Designing projects. I have not joined any of these sites as yet but may in the future if there is a project I am particularly interested in building at a higher difficulty level than I am at or can not acquire the plans. Below you will find a list of some of the sites offering this service as well as a short description of what and how these sites work.
http://www.handtoolschool.net/ - The Hand Tool School is a virtual apprenticeship that teaches how to use hand tools and to build furniture with traditional methods. I firmly believe that adding fundamental hand techniques to your skill set will make you a better woodworker. A woodworker not tied to machine capacity limits, fences, and jigs but able to saw to a line, plane a flat surface, and chisel with precision is not limited in any way.
http://thewoodwhispererguild.com/members/ - The Wood Whisperer Guild is a modern woodworking community centered around learning, building and enjoying woodworking together. It is a place to connect with other woodworkers, receive detailed project plans/videos, and ask for help when you need it. The Guild is here to guide you on your path to high-quality craftsmanship. It’s never been easier to start! Watch the video to the right for a quick overview about how the Guild works.
http://www.cn-woodworking.com/join-mastering-woodworking/ - We’re so glad that you will be joining us each Thursday for a new webisode of Mastering Woodworking with Charles Neil.
With your subscription you will have access to the project that is current when you join. After you have subscribed, please make sure you are registered as a customer within our on-line store, your account will be coded as a subscriber and you will have available to you for purchase, the past projects on DVD.
I’m sure there are a lot more but these are three of the more popular ones. I went so far as to pay Charles Neil a visit over in New Market VA. just off I-81. We spent a few hours just sitting and chatting after he gave me a tour of his shop and showed me some of the pieces he is working on. I picked up a few cans of his blotch control while I was there and he told me how he developed it, while he is not a chemist he does understand and knows what is required for it to work and he did work with a chemist to get it the way it is today needless to say I’m a fan because the stuff works better than anything I have tried.
One of the pieces he showed me was a Queen Ann Secretary That he has been working on I was one of the most beautifully crafted pieces of furniture I have ever seen. Exquisite and meticulous attention to the most minuet detail was taken with Drawer Fronts sequentially matched, Carved Flame Finials to watch how he forms the Finial there are Three parts about 8 min each here is Part 1 to get you started the rest is up to you