Sunday, April 20, 2014

MWA Podcast #51

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Show Notes:

Hello, everyone and welcome to this - the 51st edition of the Modern Woodworkers Association online discussion about all things woodworking. Today’s we have no special guest. It’s just us. Before we get to him, let me introduce our usual panel. I'm Tom Iovino of Tom's Workbench dot com, and I'll be your host for this program.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lill's Quilt Rack: Part VI, Those Pesky Leg Joints

Before I rounded over the quilt rack legs, I cut the joinery on them.

It was critical to hold the legs in place when marking the joints.

To do this, I began by laying out a set of legs on the full size drawing. I used a sharp pencil to mark the locations. Once I had one set marked, I took the matching set and transferred the marks from each leg on the first side to its corresponding leg on the other side.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lill's Quilt Rack: Part V, The Needed Shelf

Once I had routed all six legs even with the templates I turned to the shelf.

The leg blanks for the left side.

The shelf was made from the same tiger maple stock as the front legs. I milled four (4) pieces S4S and laid then out in different arrangements until I was happy with the pattern made by the grain. I then glued them up as a typical panel glue up.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 April Shop Tour

As we're getting into April I took a few moments out from building Lill's Quilt Rack and recorded this month's shop tour.

There's not too much going on with the shop as I've been working like mad on the quilt rack, though you will see the shop in the mess that is the middle of a project.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lill's Quilt Rack: Part IV, Routing to Shape

Now that the lumber had been selected and milled four square it was time to cut out the legs and shelf. I began with the legs.

Marking out the legs on the leg stock using the leg templates.

After breaking the leg stock down into an individual piece for each leg I layed out the respective template on each piece. I traced the templates with chalk and cut out the legs using my band saw along the outside of the chalk line.

This provided good results and I managed not to undercut any lines. Next time I will use a pencil though. I found the chalk line too thick. It left too much wood outside the final trim line.

Using the chalk as a means of transferring the leg shape left a bit
more waste than I would have liked.
On the later legs, I cut off some of the excess on the band saw
before taking them to the router.

After rough cutting the six (6) legs (& 2 test legs) I turned back to the MDF templates. Using the Avery double sided tape sample I received at Woodworking in America I attached the templates to the legs. The tape worked very well, though I was only able to get two (2) or three (3) uses out of it, far fewer than Avery suggests in the instructions.

I took the leg blank/template combos to the router table which was setup with a pattern bit. I had to buy a new a 1.5" pattern bit as the ~5/4 width of the walnut legs was too thick for my 1" bit. I don't worry about burn marks while routing as the sanding and rasping yet to come will remove them all.

At the narrow, top end of the leg it became difficult
to keep the leg flat on the router table.

The pattern bit worked great for the wide bottom ends of the legs. As I worked up to the narrow top ends I found I had difficulty keeping the leg/template assembly square to the table/bit. With the wide bottom end of the leg hanging off the end of the table there were a few locations which I undercut as the piece rotated into the bit. I fought my way through this and routed all six (6) legs even with the templates. Hopefully the undercut will not prove too hard to address during the shaping.

It was difficult to keep the legs flat on the router table.
While routing one of the narrow maple legs, the router bit caught the leg against the grain and broke the end off. I quickly glued it back together. Luckily it seems to be holding fine. Next time I'll have to pay better attention to the grain and ease some climb cuts at the weak points.

All fixed.
With the the legs cut to shape it was time to glue up the bottom shelf and then layout the joinery.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Ultimate Quilt Rack

45 hours and 41 minutes into Lill's Quilt Rack build I had an epiphany. Why was I taking hours and hours to make a gorgeous and shapely one of kind quilt rack? I don't know either.

The ultimate quilt rack for any quilting enthusiast.

I was sitting in my den when it hit me. We have a cheap metal quilt rack. Why make one by hand when I could simply re-purpose this one? This quilt rack is metal (stronger than wood), breaks down (easier to move) and is light weight (could blow over if let out in the wind).

Saturday, March 29, 2014

50 Episodes of the MWA Podcast

We are excited to have reached our 50th episode here on the MWA Podcast!  We started the podcast as a review of Tommy Mac's book 2 years ago and just kept going.  We could not have continued without the support of our listeners and thank you all for the wonderful support you have given us.  For our 50th episode the thought it couldn't be more fitting than to go back to the beginning and bring Tommy onto the show.  We hope you enjoy the show and thanks again for listening.