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Waka

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Having accumulated some hand tools over the last 18 months, I thought it was about time I did a project using predominantly hand tools.

Usually I buy my timper as PAR, but this time I thought I'd get rough cut and start from the beginning. I have to say that I did pass the boards through the thicknesser to remove the the roughage, but then out came the planes.

I took the scrub plane and took the stock down r0ughly to the dimensions I required, then followed through with the #5 brfore using the smoother. This took me a few hours and I felt aching muscles i didn't know I had, the result wasn't perfect but I felt that I had learnt and acheived a lot.

These are the boards being prepared.


Afdter squaring off one end with the Iron mitre I proceede to get the long section square. I've never been very good with the #7, but i was pleased with the result. Top, bottom and back boards now complete.


next job was to route all the slots for the partitions, for this I had to make a jig, its a bit rough and ready but it did the job adequately.


Actually the jig took longer to put together than routing the slots, here's the top and bottom boards with theslots complete.


This is the rack put together with the end pieces,, Iused dowells and glue, I was a bit worrined this woudld'nt be strong enough, but it seems to have done the job.


Next job was to put a raised piece on the top for the lettering A to Z and to also cover upthe slots in the top board, for this I used the large rebate plane, first time I have used this in anger and it really shifted the material to the required depth.


This shows the raised section in place.


The problem I had for the sections was that I didn't want to waste any wood, the size of the slots are 3/16 and the only wood I had was 1" rough and 7/8 prepared. I mentioned on another thread that travis perkins in Bridport have a lovely band saw where I could get the wood split to something near the domensions I required. After takeing this down further on the thicknesser and finishing off with the #5 and 4 1/2 smoother I eventually got down to the rewuired size.


This is the end result.


This project has taken me about a week, could I have done it quicker, the answer is yes if I'd bought the timber PAR, but this is getting away from the point. The idea was to use mainly hand tools and I think I have acheived this. it has served two purposes, one my tools are getting the use they deserve and secondly I can say that 90% of this project was completed by hand.

I have to say looking at the finished project and knowing that this is the first time I've done it all by hand (well nearly) I feel quite proud of the result.

Now off to Italian Lakes on Friday for a well earned break with HID.
 

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Nice one Waka
A great excuse for a bad back so that Gill can bring you cold drinks and freshly ironed woodworking mags while looking out over the lakes....
As if...
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The third wooodkateer!
 

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Alf":dpfbhkwc said:
Very nice, Waka. But please, what's it for? :?

Cheers, Alf
Alf

As its coming up to the festive season and everyone sends those card things with pretty picture on them, this is somewhere to put them.

Really its for the local church, so people can put letters/cards etc for other members of the congregation. all it needs to finish it off is the letters A to Z above the slots.
 

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Ahhhh, I see. It did seem a little specialised otherwise - for a collection of shoulder planes, perhaps? :-k :D

Cheers, Alf
 

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Waka,

Lovely job - although I did think it was cubbies for planes! BTW your rebate plane is a shoulder plane in my book! A 778 would have been quicker.
 

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waterhead37":4z8ct5j1 said:
Waka,

Lovely job - although I did think it was cubbies for planes! BTW your rebate plane is a shoulder plane in my book! A 778 would have been quicker.
Chris

I knew it was something like that. now you mention it, it could be used for plane storage, slims ones anyway.
 
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Nice job Waka and great that so much of it was accomplished using hand tools


looking forward to seeing the next project
 

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Very nicely done, Waka. Looks beautiful!

Do you feel like posting the overall dimensions and stock sizes? I have something broadly similar (although smaller) on my To Do list as a desk organiser for the LOML.

Did you use oak, or ash maybe?
 

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Waka, very nice job.

For cards and letters - they are pigeon holes then?

Andy
 

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Pete W":2nbelg4y said:
Very nicely done, Waka. Looks beautiful!

Do you feel like posting the overall dimensions and stock sizes? I have something broadly similar (although smaller) on my To Do list as a desk organiser for the LOML.

Did you use oak, or ash maybe?
Pete

Overal length is 5' with a depth of 8"and a hieght of 9", the spacing between the pigeon holes is roughly 2".

The stock size is 5/8 for the main frame and the deviders are 3/16. Type of wood is AWO finished with Chestnut shallac sanding sealer followed by Chestnut clear wax, now got a lovely shine to it.

Hope this helps.
 
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