Monday, June 13, 2011

Sculpted Mahogany Vanity - Completing Top Segment

In this episode, I didn't get as far as I'd like.  Moving big tools for sale and moving new ones in place took a lot of time plus I think my boss is subscribed to my channel and thinks I have too much spare time whenever I post a video :)  (Hi, Bob!)

Floating panels get finished and installed, the upper case glued up, drawer fronts flattened, Dominos pinned, and a discussion of the placement of certain top structure members with respect to their function as part of an "integrated drawer webbing".

I also fix a boneheaded visual mistake with a quick router trick, but fast as it was, not making the mistake in the first place is still better!  You might find the trick useful for other types of surface repairs.

Pretty certain we'll get the panels ready and pattern marked out in the next episode.  There's some preliminary carving necessary to keep consistent.  That'll be before going hog-wild with the RAS-115 :)


  • Mark Rhodes said...

    Looks good Paul, and good recovery:-). Glue ups must be a bit of a rush in the desert? Hey is that a new jointer I see? Will you be doing a video of it if it is?

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Mark! Only while scraping the squeezeout did I notice! Not while drawing it up or any of the multiple dry assemblies or even when I put the sides together. Often thought the blog should be titled "bonehead shop" :) I'll say that I meant to do it to show the recovery. yeah, that's it.

    Yes a new Laguna 16" jointer/planer combo. The PM20 will be on Craigslist once I get a reprieve from work. Laguna forgot to send the mobile base so it's parked there until that arrives. Some shop rearranging is needed to place it; someday I need to realize I'm in a 2-car garage. Can I get an exemption to the Pauli Exclusion theorem?!

    I'll do a video of it once I have the mobile base and play with it more. My first jointer that isn't powered by ATP. :)

  • Mark Rhodes said...

    In about a month I'm ordering a couple of new machines, a new jointer a A341 here And the bandsaw too. Both similar to the Laguna's you've just bought, made in Austria. Got to wait 12 weeks from order to get them though:-(

  • Anonymous said...

    There’s hope yet Paul-Marcel:

    “In contrast, integer spin particles, bosons, are not subject to the Pauli exclusion principle. For bosons, any number of identical particles can occupy the same quantum state, as with, for instance, lasers and Bose-Einstein condensation.”

    Next time order the “Murphy” Laguna 16" jointer/planer combo.


  • HalfInchShy said...

    At first, Dean, I read that as saying bosoms weren't subject to Pauli Exclusion and that you were suggesting I get more bosoms in my shop... which I'm okay with that, too! :)

    Too bad Schrodinger didn't make a jointer-planer.

    Mark, I was tempted by the Hammer j/p as well. As someone else pointed out on WTO, the tables flip up in a more convenient fashion (to the back). But I could only find straight-knife versions. The Shear-Tec was what sold me on this model. In fact, I would have stayed with what I had if I could only get straight knives since the PM20 has straight knives and I can joint with a handplane well enough. Too bad I have a thing for interlocking grain.

  • Qwas said...

    Great video as always. At 5:20 you talk about cutting some thin boards to use as drawer runners. How about trying "Slick Strips". It's low friction UHMW plastic that is 1/32 inch thick and has adhesive on one side. It can be found on Amazon or Woodcraft.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    I like that idea, Steve. Completely forgot about those. Certainly would be slick. Benefit of putting a slice of Mahogany is to keep the same color, etc. but if someone is going to pull a drawer, they'll get to see a lot more ugly than drawer strips.

    I'll look for those; probably a good thing I didn't do the drawer webbing tonight since the Poplar runners were left 1mm proud. Pop them through the planer :)

  • Vic Hubbard said...

    It's INSANE how fast you work!! Seriously, I know how much work goes into filming and even without that, the amount of work you get done astounds me. Of course, you know how slow I work, so it's not hard to astound me. :o)

  • Marty said...

    Hi Paul,

    Always enjoy your videos (and the laughs when you admit a screw-up with a smirk). This is a good series.

    Sure wish my domino had the posts (referring to the previous video in this series) instead of the lame replacements. The posts offer so much flexibility for enhancements such as your magnetic spacers. What was Festool thinking when they made that switch!

    That glue-up is about as complicated as I want to get. Even in sped-up mode that took awhile. You must have started to sweat the glue open time.

    Hey, have you ever thought of pinning the joints during the glue-up process? I've done that to good effect when I don't care about the pin holes. You clamp the joint, fire a pin in each tenon, and then you can remove the clamp since the pins effectively keep the joint under pressure. Just a thought.

    Laguna jointer huh? You're never one to miss an opportunity to go high end. I continue to look forward to see what new 'toys' come into your possession ;-)


  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Marty! That smirk is sign-language for "I'm so gonna blow up once this camera is off!"

    When Festool changed to the paddles, they were thinking of the L-word: litigation. Apparently pins for registration is patented somewhere in Europe; I believe by the 'red tool' maker in Europe, but not certain.

    Recently, I saw 2 come up for sale; buy one and sell yours :) If yours is in better shape, just swap the fences; they are interchangeable.

    I'd NEVER trade mine :) Those spacers make an already fast tool wicked fast.

    Usually a long glue up like that can be done in stages so the open time isn't as critical. For example, IIRC, I put the Dominos in the ends of some rails. Any squeeze-out was wiped thinly on the Domino and end-grain; call it 'size'. I put a lot in the holes since there's a decent amount of end-grain in there. It always needs a refresher before doing the joint. The most I've done in one glue-up is 56, but I don't remember which project :) Done in stages, it's pretty easy and cuss-free.

    I do pin the Domino joints sometimes. I wouldn't pin them until they are clamped in place for obvious reasons. In this case, the time to pin them was when I was done so I left it overnight (you likely don't realize how many of these are filmed at 2 am :) It's a great technique; glad you are using it.

    I've been working 50-60 hrs/week since the New Year. I put the overtime cash (and mebe a lil more...) in a pile for the bandsaw upgrade and j/p. Perhaps, too, I take the cry-once mantra too seriously; I can say I've regretted buying something lower end, but never have buying something higher end. That's worth something, too.

    Thanks for watching (all of you!)