September 11, 2008



Rock on…I got the feet dovetail splined. I really like this look, always have. It really has a nice look and it’s strong. I used the Kehoe Dovetail Spline Jig to do it. I know how and have shown you how to do it using a jig on a router table in my Jigs:Making & Using DVD. I had never done four feet in 10 minutes before using this jig. This jig is so simple and fast. Honestly, I read the instructions, put the bit in the router, did a test run on a scrap and did the feet. I’m gonna do a video on this, it’s just too easy (too much needing to get out of here to stop and film this time). Slick, quick and accurate, my kind of tool.

Kehoe Dovetail Spline Jig Set Up

Kehoe Dovetail Spline Jig Set Up

Dovetail Bit in Router ready to go.

Dovetail Bit in Router ready to go.

Inserting and Gluing Dovetail Splines

Inserting and Gluing Dovetail Splines

Splines inserted, glued & clamped

Splines inserted, glued & clamped

Dovetail Splines Completed

Dovetail Splines Completed


Okay, need to kick it into high gear. This step back cupboard is leaving this weekend. Got to. Along with a bunch of stuff. I’ve got to get room to knock these cabinets out. I’m behind on them but these cabinets are gonna be biscuits – pocket screws and probably a staple or two. Staples, yea…I know, but man do they hold. They out-hold a nail, just a fact.

Walnut Bases for NASA Awards

Walnut Bases for NASA Awards


The bubinga is about cured but I need to get the step back out of here so today I’ll focus on it then rub the bubinga between finish coats on the step back. Gonna take the crown, backs, shelves and all of the loose stuff and start finishing them today as I wrap up the drawers. That’s all that is left, except for the shelf supports. Once all this is done we will film the stuff we want to show you.


It may seem to you that we are jumping all over the place…yep. It’s how it is, as you are doing one piece, you got to be prepping for another. I never leave the shop at night with something needing glued up. I get it done no matter how tired I might be. I use the overnight time for drying, same with finishing.

Here in lies a huge difference in doing woodworking for a hobby and doing woodworking to make a living. When it’s how you eat you rarely get to slow down and enjoy the process, but by the same token, you learn what works and what don’t and I’m always looking at new products, mostly to see if they out perform or are faster and better than what I currently use. There has been a lot of neat stuff come along in the past year or two. Like the Kehoe Dovetail Spline Jig. Now that I have it, I start to think of all the ways I can use it because it can give me some really nice looks, add strength and so on. Considering doing a chest, spline joint it, using some adverse colored wood, maybe a video?


The last note on what went on here yesterday is about the antique glass panes going in the step back cupboard. The glass being used came out of some really old house windows. We are always on the lookout. Love it when they have bubbles and waves, really nice and original. But…getting the glass out of the old sashes is a pain. I have tried chipping the old putty, but broke more than I saved. Old glass is very brittle, breaks easy. What I found out years ago was to band saw the sashes up, not hitting the glass and that I could just pull the old putty away from the glass. Works nice. Also note the old original square pegs used to make the windows.

Window Sash Scraps

Window Sash Scraps

Square Pegs from Original Window Sash

Square Pegs from Original Window Sash

Antique Glass Pane

Antique Glass Pane

Cats Eye Bubble in the Pane

Cat's Eye Bubble in the Pane


Okay, the Clock. I’ll let Sherri tell ya more about it. I’ve got to go put another coat on some of the walnut award bases and they will be ready to go, so for me, it’s time to get in the groove and rock on.

Catch Ya Later!


My Friend Rascal

My Friend Rascal

My Friend, Sounder

My Friend, Sounder

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6 Responses to September 11, 2008

  1. birdsill says:

    Charles – About how many different projects do you have in progress at any given time? When you were starting, how did you build up to the luxury of constant work? I’m wondering if it’s better to build on spec and hope you can sell things to develop a reputation or hang out your shingle and hope people find you, kinda one of those “build it and they will come” things – kind of a chicken and egg dilemma getting started? I guess what I’m asking is how do you promote your business to get it started? and thanks again for all the great info . Visiting your site everyday and watching your videos makes me feel like I’m going to woodworker college.

  2. intheworkshop says:

    Ya know birdsill you just ask the million dollar question….and its one I can only answer based on my own experience…but it will take a longer write than what I can do here…but the question really needs addressing…I get ask it more than any single other thing..so let me get thru this load of stuff and I will sit down and do my best for all of ya…

  3. Denis Rezendes says:

    sounds really busy. those dovetail splines are cool, so are the Walnut award bases. what are they for? i saw NASA but is it the NASA or something else.

  4. intheworkshop says:

    NASA the space..rocket folks…another guy makes a Bronze globe that goes on top..they are some type of award..we do about 100 to 150 a year .got 20 to do in the next two weeks..these were rush..needed 3 by Friday..here they be 🙂

  5. Denis Rezendes says:

    thats cool. must be a nice little job to have every year.

  6. bob says:

    Funny how the dogs look better then the owner. he he he

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