August 27, 2008

Well, yesterday I ran out of gas…no…not in my vehicle, ME! About 4:30 I was running on vapors, called it a day and went home to watch the garden grow. Tried television but well, let’s just say all I found that I liked was Sponge Bob and Scooby Doo and they were re-runs so I went and watched the garden. They had all that presidential stuff on. You know, those shows where one guy tells ya what they’re gonna say, then they have a guy that tells you what they said, and if ya did listen to the speaker, well, seemed like they didn’t even know what they were talking about, so how do the reporters? I don’t do politics. 

Okay, glass pane doors. I use the same bit set-up to make my mullions as I do to make the door but they get a little small so using a coping sled helps in cutting the ends of the small pieces.  I usually cut the ends first (tenon ends) and I usually cut a wider piece!  The mullion I use is usually 1″ wide but after routing it looks thinner and gives a good cover for the shelf edges.

Cutting a piece that will give you 3 or 4 of the short mullions is a good thing.  Gives you a good surface to index off of on the ends.  Then after coping the ends, I always rip it to 1 1/8″, run it through the stile cutter, then come back and trim 1/16″ off each side.  Re-run them.  This insures any chipout is removed and I get nice clean cuts.  I did a couple of photos of my “push stick” jig I use to run the short stuff.  It’s pretty self explanitory.  The notch pushes the piece extended over the mullion, holds it down, that simple.

Now, when I go to glue this together it can be a pain so I cut scrap plywood to act as spacer cauls.  They help to position and hold everything in place.  Very simple, very effective.  Now, when ya get to gluing, go easy.  You don’t want a pile of glue coming out of your corners.  Get just enough to hold.  Keep the majority of your glue on the tenon, not the “coped profile.”  Now, no matter what you do, these are small glue joints.  I wait till they are dry, then sneak in from the back and peg the little tenon with a round tooth pick, works great, just try not to drill through the front, it is easy to do, I know.

Once it’s all dry and done, I use a rabbet bit, set to 3/8″ depth of cut and “clean out the back”  show you that tomorrow.

Okay, got to get at it.  Unloaded about 400 bf of yellow pine 8″w x 15′ l for this kitchen tuff.  Got in two 8′ long x 30″ wide bookmatched slabs of bubinga for an island top, tell ya more about that later.

Got to skim plane that pine so it can acclimate.  I need me one of those batteries like the pink bunny has.

The box elder is still drying.

In case you have missed it, AceHoleInOne has posted his completed poplar with a cherry finish table on the forum.  He did well and his table looks great, a little practice and knowledge can sure go a long way.  Way to go Ace!

Sherri has been having fits getting the photos where she wants them in the blog so she is putting them all at the end until she has time to get everything figured out.

Catch ya Later!


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14 Responses to August 27, 2008

  1. Denis Rezendes says:

    i agree with you. all this political stuff drives me crazy! thank goodness for on demand! sounds like the stepback is coming along nicely, and two 8′ x 30″ slabs of bubinga! WOW! you should do a picture of you holding one in one arm and the other in the other arm! WOW!

  2. intheworkshop says:

    I dont know Big D they are about 225lbs each .Think i might just do some shots of them being worked and finished..will that do?

  3. Thank you Charles,

    The table was a lot of work (the next one won’t be). But the amount of information and knowledge I gained was indispensable. I would suggest to anyone…get Charles entire finishing DVD set. It’s money well spent and you’ll get every dime back, cause you’ll be finishing like a pro.

    -Ace-

  4. Denis Rezendes says:

    225 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WOW

    ya those will totally do. maybe just a picture of you standing next to one. to see the size. biggest board i ever saw was a piece of mahogany about 24″ wide by 10 feet long.

  5. intheworkshop says:

    I got another piece of Bubinga here thats 38″ wide and 12′ (ft) long would ya like to see that one?

  6. texastimbers says:

    I’m not gonna tell you guys about some of the “boards” I have here in the shop because you’ll say I’m just braggin like every other Texan. But we don’t brag. Ever. Ha!

    Nice Doors Charles. I’ll go check out Ace’s table . . . . . .

  7. Denis Rezendes says:

    now thats just huge! what the biggest board you’ve ever seen! a would love to see a picture of that board 🙂

  8. intheworkshop says:

    here is the link to Aces table http://www.freeforum101.com/charlesneil/viewtopic.php?t=137&start=105&mforum=charlesneil

    hey kevin tell me about the boards…go ahead…it may be like the guy from california told a texan they had so much gold that they could build a fence all the way around Texas…..The Texan replied .”go ahead ,and if we like it we’ll buy it!

  9. intheworkshop says:

    Denis ..I will wait to see What Kevin says ..that way my fish can be bigger than his fish..(he he)..no actually had a piece of mahogany that was 6′ wide and 24′ long…and clear as a bell….made a conference table out of it….just couldnt bring myself to cut it up

  10. Denis Rezendes says:

    wow! 6′ wide! you must have had to put some good support under that!

  11. Mike Galloway says:

    Denis
    Here is a picture of the 38″x12′ bubinga that Charles has in his shop. I tried to get it in my truck but it was to heavy. A lot of segmented turning there!!
    [IMG]http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg187/mikega720/IMG_1792.jpg[/IMG]

  12. Mike Galloway says:

    Denis
    Lets see if this link works.

  13. Mike Galloway says:

    Denis
    Try this link.

  14. Denis Rezendes says:

    wow! that is huge! the biggest board i got right now is a piece of sycamore (don’t like that stuff) getting a nice big piece of tiger maple soon hopefully!

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