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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Episode #53 - Cherry Pedestal Photo Update

No video for this episode! However, I must say I have a lot of respect for all the woodworking video/audio bloggers. It is an incredible amount of work to shoot video while you are working, all the while making sure you get enough usable footage to tell the story of a project or process. I recently had a technical problem with my microphone and subsequently lost all the veneering video for this project. Honestly, I was just letting the camera run while I was working with plans to edit later on the computer. I was not checking the camera placement or audio quality because my prime goal and focus is to finish this project for a very patient customer. However, I have tried periodically to sneak in a little video when possible, mainly because I enjoy the combination of photography and woodworking, my two passions besides my family, the great outdoors and fly-fishing!

My reason for combining videography and photography with my woodworking is to document my progress and shop experiences for personal edification. I am one of many garage / basement based woodworkers who enjoy making sawdust and aspire to push their understanding of the craft. Just for clarification, I possess no great level of woodworking expertise nor am I trying to present my self as an expert. I just find it interesting to share what happens in my shop because it helps me grow as a woodworker. The internet is my woodworking classroom and this blog is my notebook. Both add to what I learn reading and practicing with my hands.

Finished (oil & wax) cherry "T" with age patina (approx. 1-year)
for comparison. I like to keep this near by to remind
myself of cherry's wonderful age patina.

As you can see, I have been plugging away on the cherry pedestal. The carcase is complete and attached to the apron / leg assembly. The middle shelf has been edge banded and the shelf pin holes are drilled. The top is glued up and awaiting final dimensioning and edge detailing. Next up is installation of the the shop-made cherry moldings, drawer and doors followed by final sanding and finishing.

Mock-up of the shop-made cherry bull nose & cove moldings

Shop-made leg levelers

I do have a commercial shelf pin jig, but had to construct a shop-made jig because of size and access issues. I like to reference off the bottom shelf for alignment. The shelf pins are black 5mm pins with matching inserts.

Layout for shop-made shelf pin jig

3/8" Forstner bit makes a perfect hole for a self-centering bit

Completed jig ready to use

Jig held in place with spring sticks & artist tape

Drilling shelf pin holes

5mm Black Shelf Pins & Inserts

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neil said...

David............looks great man!!! I've been thinking about you and decided to check before I move on and puff.

The write-up, as you scroll down was prefect, coming upon the first pedestal shot was a "Whoa...let me check this out".....very cool.

Nice moulding selections!!! What is the thickness of the bead??

Looks real crisp and clean. You do love your spring evident tool in your building.

David.....looking realy, really good. Very exited for more.


David Pruett said...

Thank you Neil. I appreciate the kind comments and support. The bead molding is just under 3/8" thick & 7/8" wide sized to just overhang the apron at the round portion of the bead.


Vic said...

Looking very nice, David! I'm still grappling with the idea of doing an actual blog. It's quite a bit of work. Yours is going quite well. I'm afraid I'd have a whole lot to learn to get anywhere near the quality of your production. Like you, I'm by no means an expert. Quite the opposite. I do, however, know quite a lot about building and energy efficiency. So thought I might try to start out talking about building my shop and the measures I took to keep the financial impact of running it low.
I have been posting some pictures on flickr. But, I started documenting the shop at ground-breaking. By the way, I was down your way on Monday, taking my wife's Mom to PDX to fly out to Germany(home). I just bug you the next time I head that way. I'd love to meet you and tour your shop.

David Pruett said...

Vic -

Thank you so much for the kind comments! This blog has been very enjoyable. More importantly, it has become an extension of my woodworking education.

I think you would get a lot of satisfaction from a blog . . . who knows where it will lead! I am sure there are many, myself included, that would like to follow the growth of your shop, building and energy efficiency. I say give it a go!

Next time you are in the area you are more than welcome to drop by for a cup of coffee! A tour of my shop would be somewhat brief as it is just a small corner of my garage. None the less it would be great to talk sawdust!