I've had an interest in woodworking for sometime now but it's only recently that I've had the opportunity to pursue it. This is a record of what I'm doing and what I've done and the progress I'm making.
The project is finally finished. The drawers are glued up. Final step in construction was to make the cut outs in the front of the boxes to open the drawer. I built one final jig for the router table to make the cut outs all the same with rounded corners. The project was finished by using three coats of wipe-on polyurethane. I like the wipe-on poly rather than a brush on poly because it eliminates runs and brush marks, however, it doesn't build up as much. The last step was to apply several coats of wax.
Well, on with the the splines. There were 48 splines in all to rip to thickness and width. That would have been an exhaustive task without jigs (in woodworking it's all about jigs). It's sort of time consuming to make jigs, however, it's not only essential but a time saver in the long run. All the splines are glued in and a round-over bit in the router table makes quick work of the miters. The next task will be to sand all the pieces and stain the frame and add a finish.
In the March issue of Woodsmith magazine, there was this project
of an inbox that featured mitered splines with contrasting wood. So this a short description of how it was made. I started with oak for the frame ripped and cut to size, mitered the ends and then cut the slots for the splines using a few jigs to help in cutting the slots. The pieces are glue up and the splines added.
While some of my woodworking skills come from just trying things out (trial and error)or more commonly known as making sawdust and fire wood. I have learned a lot by reading books and magazines but the web has so much to offer in the way of videos. A few of my favorites are Fine Woodworking , The Wood Whisperer, The Woodworking Channel. you can also find quite a bit on , DIY (David Marks), and of coarse The New Yankee Workshop (Norm Abram) When learning any new skill or hobby especially with power tools it's important to learn how to use them safely.
These are a few pictures of my shop out behind my house. Pretty self explanatory a short list of my power tools include, Delta 10" contractor table saw Dewalt 10" miter saw Craftsman 6" jointer Dewalt 744 12 3/4 planer Delta 9" bandsaw Delta 6" disk sander/3" belt sander
These clocks and the Quilt rack were built during my first year of woodworking. I lived in a two bedroom house. My daughters that were living with me, had moved out to start their own life, so I had an extra bedroom in the back of the house that was connected to a large room to the backyard. I bought me a Delta table saw the $99 model and built a pair of saw horses and went to work on a tool tray ( old time tool carryall ) . Once I had that done, I built a quilt rack . A modest project . I saw the plan for this in a Woodsmith magazine and looked like a good challenge. With a router and the first table saw it came out pretty good. It had a lot of challenging joints . The clocks however came from an inspiration I had one sleepless night and latter became Christmas presents that first year. I'm a self taught woodworker wanting to always better myself.