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Finishing / Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Last post by Tom M on Yesterday at 06:54:26 PM »
I wrote a long note yesterday with several pictures, but when I went to post it an error page came up.  Not sure what happened, but I’ll try and summarize.

I decided I should glue-up the cabinets before making the face frames.  Normally I would just oversize the face frame a little and plane it flush to the case.  But I can’t do that as the top overhangs the sides.  Then there is the side bead on the stiles.  By gluing up the cabinets first I can scribe the face frames to them, then plane to fit before forming the side bead.

I disassembled the dry-fit cabinets and made a punch list of things required before assembly.  This included planing a side bead on the back edge of the sides (Gene’s doesn’t have this), dadoing the sides and top for the backs, cutting the shelves to final width, etc.  I also decided to wedge the tenons. I used a plunge router for the dados (I hate that thing!).

Glue-up: first came the top and sides (through tenons), then the shelves were set in place (these will be pegged later) and last the dovetailed bottom.  Once everything was together, I went to work on wedging the tenons.

My practice wedge went together great. I cut the kerfs 1/8” from each end and made the wedges with a chisel.  However, the glue had started to gel, and the wedges took more force and most of them snapped before doing any real “wedging”.  I’m sure this will be fine (what other choice do I have?) as some of the wedges do press the tenon outward, and all but the front tenons will be covered with the upper cabinet. I was physically and mentally shot after the glue-up and quit for the day. On a positive note everything went together nice and square.

Some additional comments: I molded the lower cabinet’s top by cutting a 1/8” x 3/8” fillet with my Stanley 78, then used a block plane, a gouge and a scraper to finish it.  I will probably hit it with sandpaper before finishing. I used pegs on the unsupported ends of the bottom.  I  made these with a dowel plate.  I figured the bottom should have pegs because of the direction of the dovetails.
Pictures: Molded top, Side bead and dado, Making pegs, Practise wedge, Glue-up

Next will be the upper cabinet assembly.  Remember to reply!
Those who are attending the conference in January may have already caught wind of this. I was at Williamsburg in early November and visitors to the Cabinetmakers shop were shown a picture of the high chest they were building for the conference. I believe they were just staring construction at that time. I stumbled across this blog the other day:


I don't think I'm alone in saying that this is the kind of stuff that I love to read about. Wouldn't it be great if the Hay's Shop was maintaining a blog on the construction of this piece and the other secrets they discovered? A blog that we could interact with to make comment and ask questions. On one of my visits to the Shop I discussed this with them and to the person they said they would love to be blogging, but as it is they need the blessing of CW to do so. They asked for our help by writing to CW and make our wishes known.

I told this story in another post where I asked if anyone knew how to contact CW, but I yet to see a reply.
Finishing / Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Last post by Troy Livingston on December 09, 2019, 10:42:31 AM »
I like both project and choice of dog. We have two Springer Spaniel puppies and I am looking forward to having shop dogs once the new shop is complete. Keep up the good work.
Iroquois Chapter / Re: What is the current status of this chapter?
« Last post by trader4300 on December 08, 2019, 08:13:51 PM »
Looks like someone in our Chapter will have to step up and assume the responsibility until we can vote in a new President. Not even
sure of the bylaws. Do we vote in the President or is it appointed?
Discuss topics not covered in other categories. / Re: Why so few posts on the forum?
« Last post by efmrrt on December 08, 2019, 11:56:39 AM »
After woodworking for more than 4 decades, being active in 3 wood working clubs, I have noticed a trend. The trend may just be regional to my area, Upstate New York,  As the clubs have aged, people have died off with very few younger members coming in. The youth of today don't care about wood working,  have the time or funds needed for wood working. They are more consumed with drugs, ETOH, vaping, etc.

This guy lives/works out of his mini-van and posted a video 6 days ago and since posting it has almost 1/2 million views with numerous responses. Blade-smithing and black smithing have more views on You Tube than woodworking.
As of the writing of this, 213 people have viewed the post but only a handful of people have responded. We are in an ever changing society with more things competing for the most limited resource - time. 
Iroquois Chapter / What is the current status of this chapter?
« Last post by efmrrt on December 08, 2019, 11:17:50 AM »
With the unfortunate passing of  great craftsman, Jim Altemus back in September, what is the current status of the chapter?
Items for Sale / Re: The Pennsylvania Spice Box
« Last post by efmrrt on December 08, 2019, 11:12:17 AM »
Is this still available? 
Finishing / Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Last post by ChuckH on December 07, 2019, 10:49:31 AM »
I find your post of 12/4 interesting on many levels. First of all, what a great project and interesting that you chose a Pennsylvania German piece. I don't recall seeing much of that style being discussed here. Do you know anything about the history of the piece?

Although the Queen Anne style is what my wife and I preferred, many of the Pennsylvania German pieces appeal to me probably because of my mother's roots to those people. She grew up in Harrisburg (99 and still going strong) but she can recall as a young girl visiting grandma and grandpa Gruber's farm in Annville, Pa. I wouldn't be surprised if a stepback hutch similar to yours didn't stand in their kitchen. Unfortunately we have long ago lost touch with that branch of the tree.

As someone who retired after 45 years in the Drafting/Engineering field, I can appreciate the fine job you did modeling that hutch. While most people use Sketchup for this task you used TurboCad. That's some high powered software and not necessarily designed for the woodworking community (although the software doesn't care:)).
I suspect you use TurboCad professionally.

And then you mentioned Gene Landon, one of my heros. It was one of Mr. Landon's projects that sparked my desire to build period furniture. Even though it took twenty years for that to come to fruition, I never forgot his article in FW magazine.

Enough jibber jabber. The project is proceeding nicely. It helps to be able to pull out those cross-sections, doesn't it? Regarding those through tenons: mechanically I'm sure they would be fine, but to my eye that joint should be wedged. Gene doesn't mention anything about that in his notes?

Keep up the good work, Christmas is right around the corner. Keep posting and keep that puppy out of the shop. No "Dog-on-its" for that little guy.

Finishing / Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Last post by Rglass on December 07, 2019, 08:08:24 AM »
More, More, More.  This is great stuff.  I been at this for a long time and see posts like this make me realize I need to up my game!  Very informative and I appreciate your sharing with us wannabes.
Finishing / Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Last post by macchips4 on December 06, 2019, 07:52:42 PM »
     I think I would wedge the only have long grain to long grain on the short sides of the tenon. I would put two wedges for each tenon, near their ends..a contrasting wood like walnut in a saw-kerf, one will see on the top ......but.......just because.........
    The scraped molded profile came out nice! I always get a lot of "fuzz" when using butternut......
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