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Friday, June 4, 2010

Taking shape

This episode is all about finishing the carcass construction.  You will start to get a glimpse at what the piece will finally look like in terms of shape and form.  The main challenge I ran into was one of the poplar partition boards I glued up decided to taco on me after sitting in the shop for a few weeks.  So that introduced a bit more hand tool work than I had anticipated.  Naturally it was just a bit too wide to fit through my planer.  Murphy's law at work once again.  


Guy said...

Hey Rob,
Another great video, I was just wondering why you chose to chisel out the waste of your mortises instead of useing your fret saw as if you were making dovetails. Do you think useing the fret saw would be an exceptable approuch or is there a reason for chiseling out the waste? Cant wait to see the finished product.


Rob Bois said...

Guy, I think you meant to say the waste between the tenons. This is actually the same procedure I use for wasting the material from dovetails as well. I don't use a fret saw, just because I still need to clean up the shoulder with a chisel anyway. I'm always worried using the fret saw that I will accidentally saw down into the shoulder, but it's really just a personal preference. I should do an episode timing the two to see if there is a performance difference...

Guy said...

Yep I did mean the tenons sorry about that. I have had that exact problem with my fret saw, i think I will try cleaning out all the waste with my chisels next time and see how it goes..
thanxs again Rob


Anonymous said...


I've been reading/watching your blog now for a while, and just wanted to say that I really appreciate the work you put into the blog. I am a recent (~2 years) hobbyist woodworker, who is too busy with work to attend formal classes. The result of this is that I read a lot of woodworking books and make frequent use of the web for learning. I found your blog and thought it was both informative and enjoyable, so I started following it. I especially like the conversational style you employ, and the fact that you share your experiments and even your mistakes with us. I learn more from watching a mistake (or committing a mistake) than from a demonstration of optimal technique.

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-Richard Barrett
Birmingham, AL

Rob Bois said...

Thanks for the kind words Richard. I especially like the feedback about discussing my mistakes. I try to do that whenever I can, but I have to admit I've made a few that I found too embarrassing to record. I'll keep that in mind going forward though, and be sure to make them all learning experiences, even the painful ones.