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.
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.
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.
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!