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Yesterday I managed to extract myself from the busy life of Honey Do's and kids daily events and get a little time in the shop with our Claro Rocker. A week ago when I started laying out the arms ontop of the arm pads that are basically the top of the front legs, I realized I made a major mistake in my calculations for the arm rests to meet up at the proper height to the joint at the rear leg/backrest area. I was a full 1/4" too low, the joinery was not going to meet up where it was supposed to by my previously laid out joints. After much thinking and tinkering with ideas and layouts, I finally came to the conclusion that I'll simply increase the height of the arm rest by adding a 1/4" block to raise up the arm rest. Since this is walnut, the newly added pad will be un-noticeable. In some regards these rockers are un-forgiving in errors, but in many regards these rockers are also very forgiving in the sense that this is in essence a sculpted work, so errors and mis-steps often times can be carved, shaped, and filed away or to blend, and in this case, it is a forgiving error/ Images below are not exciting, they simply show my modified pad glued up to the top of the front leg pad to increase the height of the arm rest. First image shows my pad glued up and secured with my quick grips just to get them in place. One thing I like to do is save sawn cut-outs from a piece I shape so we can use them as clamping cauls, you'll notice the blocks at the bottom of the shaped arm pad, they were initially cut out for the the preliminary shaping of the arm rest block, I held on to them to use as I clamp up the arm rest to the block, but I was also able to use them in this fix for clamping cauls. Next images show the clamps all in place on both arm rests pads. Unrelated to the arm rest FUBAR, are more images showing the preliminary shaping of the front leg seat joints. I rough and blend the joints in with a 4.5" right angle grinder. But first I need to secure the chair to my bench. Next I take to grinding the general shape of the joint. As it takes shape I'll then finish it up with a combination of my ROS and some files. Image below shows the joint blended and formed, no gaps in the glue joint either, this is a successful chair joint. To reach the other side of the joint, I need to position the chair on the floor, and brace it with my legs and feet, and work on the joint from a comfortable height as I sit. The joint is not finished, but it's coming along. I use the same technique as I did with the other side of the joint in images above. Thanks for following along, now contrary to popular propositions and laws being formed and voted on, I feel these are some "joints" we can all get behind!
Can some techies give me a hand here? Every time I save a photo or image and download it to my pc, it adds a .jpe to the end of the file. So what I end up with is either "boat_image.jpg.jpe" or "boat_image.jpe" neither of which I can open. Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks!
Was at a rehab/demo/clean up store......Boss made me buy a lawn mower...walked to the Trading Post next door, and then spent $5.. They had a box of rusty files...5 for a dollar. There were a few coping saws hanging around, all needing new blades...$2 per saw. I picked out five files for working on saws, and two coping saws. A Disston/HK Porter No.10B, and a Millers Falls No. 43. Got them home cleaned thing up, and installed a blade in each saw... Today was another COLD yard sale morning....I did spent..$2 though and..inside the cases? Little bit rusty, but usable. Not too bad a day..
That little tool box saw I rebuilt last week? Well, needed to hammer a few kinks out of the plate. Got rid of the "wave effect". Decided to clamp the saw up into a "fancy-schmancy" saw vise, and work on the teeth a bit Wood was a hair on the wavy side. Oh well, the wood merely needs to hold things still. Got out a small file... a jointer file. To make all the teeth the same height. Then fitted a file to a fancy handle.. Has a thumbscrew to hold onto a file. got a few teeth done, needed to add a c clamp, to pinch in the top of the jaws a bit. About three strokes, straight across, per tooth. File the saw as a rip cut. No rack was added. Didn't take all that long to get to the end.. Well all done, how about a few cuts to try this saw out? 1 st cut.. Saw cut #2. made a couple more.. I think it is about ready to go. Took it back upstairs, and placed it in the brand new Pine Tool Box. Might just work?
For our East Coast woodworkers, Lie Nielsen is holding their annual open house for 2015 on July 10-11. Lie Nielsen is located in Maine, so if you are anywhere near Maine, as small a state as Maine is, it could be very close to you! If you go please report back to us and let us know how it went. Click on the image to be taken to the Lie Nielsen website for the location of their company and more details.
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