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Workday begins: 6:00 am
I’ll try getting my notes started this morning, then maybe I’ll remember to send it this evening. I’ve been unable to post my notes using the on-line Blogger form because of the extreme slowness of our internet connection. Since a couple of week before Christmas, this has been a problem and no one seems to know what the problem is.
Posting messages via e-mail is an alternate method that seems to work OK, except that I can do no formatting and embed no links or photos.
We are looking into the problem.
Today will be a mixed-bag of a day. We have to be back at Lowes for the official grand opening at mid day, but I plan to work in the shop before and after. That’s my plan.
This morning however, I need to get some urgent web site updates done. And I found this mornings’ e-mail to contain a new order to be processed, and another bid request to get started. I’ve been working on those.
Change of plans. – I have to go to the post office to ship out this order we received from on-hand stock. Then, Marie tells me, we have an appointment with the Tourism Director prior to the grand opening at Lowes.
When we’re done at Lowes, we’ll be heading to
Work day began: 7:00 am
Yesterday I set up the rail & stile router but set and routed some test pieces. Using the test pieces I calculated that the finished length and width for the door frame parts needed to be, trimmed those parts to their finished dimensions and routed the fancy grooves and ogees on the inner edges.
These details not only accept the raised panel that will go into them, but make it so that the ends of the rails mate up with the profile on the stiles for a good strong corner joint using a modified stub tenon. Except that the top mortise cheek is shaped to lay against the roman ogee.
You see this joint in most professionally made doors with profiles edges. Flat panel, square edged doors can use a standard mortise & tenon joint.
The results were good and all four doors came out well.
Then I used the completed frame to measure the precise size that the filler panels need to be and trimmed them to that size.
Finally, I set up the monstrous panel raiser bit in the router table and installed the auxiliary fencing. The bit is to large that it won’t fit inside the regular fence.
I’ll work on that phase tomorrow.
I had to quit a little early to get cleaned up, retrieve Marie and get to the Pre-Grand Opening party at the new Lowes in
Work Day Ended: 3:30 pm
Tuesday, January 10
The router bits that I’ve been waiting on finally arrived, so I spent the afternoon building set-up blocks and auxiliary fencing for the router table.
This morning I worked on web site stuff and bookkeeping – closing out the year 2005. I should be about ready for the tax man now.
Also got word from Jim on his stain preference, so I could get started staining the carcass and drawer fronts. But of course if I do that, I can not do any woodworking until the stain is set. We’ll see what the weather is like tomorrow to see which I work on first.
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Monday morning I went out to the shop and cut a 45° chamfer around the top edge of the butcher block. I’ve never liked big hard square corners, but a round-over didn’t fit in this piece either. Since the drawer fronts and door panels use a straight bevel décor, the chamfer “fits in” better.
Afterward I was starting to work some more on re-stacking lumber but threatening clouds moved in. I decided to stop that project and put things back together before I got caught by rain with all that lumber laying out in the open.
I went inside to work on web sites and wait for the UPS truck – hoping that those router bits would show up.
They didn’t. Sigh. But I did hear from Jim with is stain selection that evening.