Ended up using the recommended jig to slice up the firewood -- also went
with straight boiled linseed oil for the finish. You can see a little
splotchiness on the cherry -- I'm hoping this will even out after another
coat or two, and then some paste wax.
Here's some quick pix:
Thanks again. You guys are all great.
Thanks! The two other tips from here that I ended up using in this
project -- the plane shaving used to plug a hair thin seam in one of the
joints -- you can't even see it now. The other one was the "gluing the
small piece to a larger piece with hot melt glue" trick in order to cut an
angle on it on the TS.
On a different thread about hiding mistakes, this one would fit right in --
on the feet, I got done cutting them out of the firewood, and then realized
that one of them had a saw kerf in the top from a previous attempt to cut on
the bandsaw without the jig -- and I didn't have another piece to make
another foot. So to "fix" it, I took a dovetail router bit and routed out
the saw kerf. Then did the same to the other 3 legs, and cut 4 brazilian
cherry triangular "plugs" and stuck them in the dovetail holes. Added a
nice contrast element against the white maple, and fixed the boo boo.
Nice. Care to share the details with us? Joinery, adjustments, etc.
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Not much to the joinery, really. The cherry "tube" is just 2 side pieces
with a 1/8" saw kerf an 1/8 deep, and then two other pieces with a rabbet of
the same size. This is glued together with a solid plug in the bottom 4".
The inside slider is just two pieces of 1 3/8" cherry with a spacer top and
bottom. The height adjustment bolt goes right thru the center of it. The
fork at the back of the easel is cherry, and there's a circle of leather in
there to act as a friction aid to prevent the thing from slipping all over.
The feet are dovetailed into the base. The easel part itself is 1/2"
stock -- the maple is from the wood pile, which is pretty cool - I've been
saving pieces during "stacking season" for the last couple years, and
finally got a thickness planer that allowed me to do something with it.
The joints on the easel are just lap joints, which were a pain in the butt
to keep square and tight during the glue up. I think if I did another one, I
would glue each one seperately, instead of trying to do it all at once --
either that, or peg them. It would have made it much easier to clamp up and
keep gap-free. That's why I needed that plane shaving. The small verticals
are just friction fit into sockets that I drilled with a 1/4" forstner bit
and chiseled out. They're not glued --just trapped between the top and
bottom. It's a christmas gift for a friend, so I'm pretty happy with the
way it turned out. He's the lead singer for a band called The Badlees (had
a hit or two in the 96-97 timeframe), and it's for his home studio.
I love clean design, Great job!
The "splotchiness" is really minimal, do you have a sunroom you could
set it in to expose it to light for a few days? Probably even
everything out nicely.
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