Identical to the salt and pepper shakers I made last week, I made a present challenge this week. And similar to I’ve beforehand stated, with the ability to give a present that you simply your self make is extremely rewarding, whatever the dimension of the challenge. It doesn’t actually matter what it’s. When somebody will get a present that you simply made they recognize it extra. On this case I didn’t have anybody in thoughts for this reward however alternatives to present all the time come up.
This additionally wasn’t a challenge that I had deliberate. I used to be really milling some tough sawn hickory for a distinct challenge and located a specific board that had an attention grabbing look in its tough state. I’ve been let down by a false look of determine in tough boards earlier than so I didn’t assume a lot of it. Particularly contemplating I don’t recall ever listening to the phrases curly and hickory being facet by facet earlier than. Curiosity received me so I finished progress on that challenge and went via the complete milling course of on smaller part of the board.
What I discovered was certainly curl determine. Curly hickory. That sounds odd simply saying it. Anyway, the subsequent day I made a decision to change gears and make one thing out of the smaller cutoff I milled up. Smaller sections of wooden like this are good for bins. Right here you may see the milled board on the left and the tough sawn board on the proper. I nonetheless have seven ft or so of the tough sawn board and the determine runs throughout it.
I began through the use of a hand aircraft on one of many slim faces. Just a little bit as a result of the face had some burn marks on it however extra so as a result of I wished to see how the curly wooden was going to react by being labored with a hand aircraft. The outcomes have been a bit hit and miss. Some tearout however nothing main. It was sufficient for me to resolve towards utilizing a hand aircraft for the ultimate floor prep.
I didn’t want your entire board for the field although. As I stated beforehand, smaller sections of attention-grabbing trying wooden are nice for bins. On this case I solely used a strip about 3” vast. I ripped it from the remainder of the fabric with the desk noticed.
The fabric is simply too thick for a small field. So to make it lighter, in addition to permit for a steady 4 nook grain match, I resawed it proper down the center with the bandsaw.
Curly wooden tends to chipout when ran via a straight blade planer as a result of the grain goes in so many instructions. Typically the knives are chopping downhill and generally the knives are chopping uphill. Additionally, hickory tends to be tough to aircraft as a result of it’s grain usually tends to go in a number of instructions. Due to this fact, curly hickory is a recipe for catastrophe with a straight blade planer. However I received away with utilizing mine to convey the 2 items to a good thickness by working them via one proper after one other and really, very slowly reducing the cutterhead. This was a sluggish course of however I used to be in a position to get them to the identical dimension with minimal tearout. There’s no approach this could possibly be achieved at wherever close to “regular velocity” or chopping depth.
To keep up the grain alignment I taped the 2 items collectively after which minimize them to the general size that I wanted. Brief facet + lengthy facet + blade kerf = last size.
Any time you resaw a board down the center you’re left with two items which are as near a mirror picture as attainable. The 2 items at the moment are what’s referred to as a bookmatch. This can be utilized to create visually gorgeous items with symmetry. On this case, a bookmatched set of boards will permit a steady 4 nook grain match for a field if minimize appropriately. With the boards sitting in order that the bandsawn faces are touching change the boards proper and left whereas sustaining the identical orientation. Now, in the event you observe the grain all the way in which across the perimeter of the 2 bards the grain ought to movement from the top of 1 board, across the finish grain, and into the start of the subsequent board. Hopefully that made sense on this article. I defined it higher within the video.
With the boards flipped you may minimize the primary lengthy facet of the field from one board and minimize the opposite lengthy facet from the other finish of the opposite board. These are nonetheless 90 diploma cuts on the desk noticed.
At this level all 4 field sides are established however the joinery just isn’t. A easy mitered nook is a lot robust sufficient for a field this dimension and it additionally permits for a greater grain movement visually across the nook. To ascertain the 45 diploma miter I set the blade to 45 levels and used a cease block on my miter gauge. I don’t need to make the items shorter although. Only a 45 diploma minimize is all I’m searching for.
And the miters look good when held collectively. Ensure you mark the items so it’s simpler to maintain issues so as. Sure, all you actually must do is take a look at the grain course to know what items go the place nevertheless it’s only a lot sooner in the event you add notation of which piece goes the place.
I did this step out of order. I ought to have minimize the highest and backside panel grooves earlier than separating the perimeters for consistency stake. Oh nicely. They are often minimize now. A single desk noticed kerf minimize at 1/8” vast shall be good for this.
The field sides are minimize from the heartwood of a hickory tree. Hickory coronary heart wooden is a reddish-brown shade whereas the sapwood is a vibrant white shade. For a distinction I resawed a chunk of white sapwood for the highest and backside panel.
The resawn piece is simply too skinny to make use of the planer to scrub it up and I didn’t need to danger ruining it with a hand aircraft. So the subsequent best choice is to clamp it to my workbench and assault it with a card scraper. I had to do that not solely to scrub up the bandsawn faces but additionally get it to the ultimate dimension to slot in the grooves.
As a result of the panel is so small, in addition to the truth that many of the growth shall be in its thickness because of the grain course, I’ll glue it in place on the field. Usually you wouldn’t try this with a stable wooden panel however that is too small to do any injury. And since I’m gluing it in place I can simply use the general size of every groove to find out the ultimate dimension of the panel. I minimize the panels to the ultimate dimension on the desk noticed. I generally get requested why I crosscut on the desk noticed as an alternative of the miter noticed. The reason being as a result of it’s a lot safer and extra correct to chop smaller stuff with the desk noticed.
After a profitable dry run the field is glued along with the assistance of painters tape to behave as clamps.
I wished to attempt one thing completely different with the mitered nook splines. In each earlier state of affairs the place I added splines I used the desk noticed. With this I wished to make use of the thinnest hand noticed I needed to give it a novel look. That is the take a look at board with noticed cuts made with my Dozuki “Z” Saw.
When making spline cuts on the desk noticed it’s a must to use a jig. The jig makes all the cuts constant and as long as you don’t regulate the blade top all the splines shall be equivalent. That’s not the case when chopping with a hand noticed so to assist with consistency of the cuts I marked a line about 1/2” in from every edge to find out the depth of minimize.
Adopted through the use of a marking gauge set at about 3/16” to find out the spline placement from the highest and backside edges. I used a pencil to make these marks a bit simpler to see.
Then the enjoyable half…chopping the kerfs. The aim right here is to be as per the chopping angle as attainable and to take lengthy strokes. The worst factor you possibly can do is depart a hump in the course of the minimize which can trigger the spline to not seat correctly.
For the spline materials I assumed it might be finest to only take an enormous shaving with a hand aircraft. This thought ended up being a bit bit harder in actuality. With my #7 jointer aircraft set extraordinarily aggressive I took the deepest minimize I might bodily take. Then examined the match of the shaving within the kerf. Success.
Gluing the splines was a bit extra difficult. The shavings have been thick which makes them a bit extra sturdy however I used to be nonetheless frightened about breaking them off earlier than they have been correctly seated. Every part labored out OK although. Just a little glue on the splines and so they have been inserted after which instantly minimize off with a chisel.
The tip result’s a brilliant skinny spline. I went with sapwood for these splines as a result of I assumed they might distinction nicely with the darker coronary heart wooden sides and hopefully stick out visually. I used to be fallacious. They ended up mixing an excessive amount of for my liking after end was utilized. You’ll see in only a bit.
Time to separate the lid from the field. For this step the desk noticed is used however I don’t prefer to utterly take away the lid on the desk noticed. First, the blade is about in order that it doesn’t minimize throughout the perimeters and the brief sides are ran via the noticed.
Then the blade is raised in order that it does minimize via the perimeters and the lengthy sides are ran via the noticed. This establishes the lid shoulder all the way in which across the field however doesn’t permit for the lid or base to shift into the blade which it might doubtlessly do when utterly separated with the desk noticed.
Utilizing a vise to carry the field and a hand noticed to finish the cup is loads higher for my part.
Nevertheless, doing it this manner does require a bit extra clear up work. The remaining lip materials is cleaned up shortly with a block aircraft.
As a result of the grain goes in the identical course all the way in which across the field it’s attainable to make a shaving with a hand aircraft across the complete field. I did this to make sure there was no excessive spots on each the lid and the field the place the 2 items will meet.
I made a decision to make use of curly maple for the inside lining. It continues each the theme of white contrasting wooden in addition to the curly field theme. For this I milled a 2” vast strip and resawed two items on the bandsaw.
Then minimize two brief sides and two lengthy sides utilizing my capturing board as a bench hook.
The liner items have been deliberately minimize a bit bit too lengthy. Sneaking up on the precise dimension is the higher technique. These items have been additionally going to be mitered on the corners similar to the field itself. Nevertheless, to make these cuts I used a forty five diploma ramp on my capturing board. That is a lot simpler than making an attempt to get a precise size and miter on such small items on the desk noticed.
Right here you may see the clear miter established with the capturing board.
I began with a protracted facet and labored my approach across the field testing, chopping, testing, chopping till every bit was in place.
The inside lining not solely provides some visible curiosity to the within of the field nevertheless it creates a lip for the lid to reference off of when closing.
As a result of I planed a small part beforehand I knew it might be finest to make use of a scraper for floor prep. All the pencil traces are simply eliminated with a scraper.
Lastly, a few coats of end could be utilized. I used semigloss Arm-R-Seal from Basic Finishes. It was the primary time I used it and I actually prefer it. It leveled properly and was very easy to use.
The field is full. What did I be taught? I discovered that hickory is a tricky wooden to work with and curly hickory is much more powerful to work with. I discovered that the tiny splines are solely value whereas if you wish to add an virtually hidden characteristic for somebody to note. They undoubtedly go unnoticed at first look. I additionally discovered that curly hickory appears unbelievable.
Is the field good? No. Two of my miters have a slight hole on the lid. This was almost certainly on account of an excessive amount of glue within the joint and nowhere for the glue to go once I clamped the field collectively. Assuming the within corners contacted first when the field was clamped. I additionally assume I ought to have used darker spline materials as a black line would most likely have been extra seen in the long run. In that case I’d have used walnut for the inside liner.
However that’s simply nitpicking small stuff. The field appears nice and shall be a very good reward to move on to somebody when the time presents itself. I had enjoyable with this detour challenge and hopefully you probably did whereas watching and studying about it. Have an amazing day and I’ll catch you on the subsequent one!