I was working on a maple slab for a table top and needed to put some bowties in it for reinforcement over a crack and a few other places for aesthetics. I grabbed a few action shots of the process.
Grab your marking knife and score a line around the key.
Find the biggest forstner bit that will fit and drill out the waste.
Start working up to your knife line using a freshly sharpened chisel.
Respect your knife lines. Work up to the line and when you cant take off anymore, drop your chisel into your knife line and chop firmly down.
Glue and drive in with a c-clamp. This should be a friction fit that gives good resistance when installing.
If you take your time and respect your line, you can have joints that require no fussing with.
Shelton Tile and Laser Design (Johnson City, TN) recently approached me about making a display cabinet for some of their tile samples. Megan provided me with a good sketch of what she envisioned for it. She said it should feel "dark and rustic." We achieved a rustic look by using rough-sawn oak. We incorporated twelve full extension Blum Blumotion soft close drawer slides into this project. They are a pleasure to work with and install. It was finished with Minwax water based Polycrilic. This stuff is great because it provides good protection for the wood, is super easy to clean up, sprays nicely, and is available at Lowe's and Home Depot. Overall, I am very happy with the finished product. I love making pieces that help other to declutter and focus their environments. I think Shelton Tile wants another piece made so I will write another blog entry once it is complete.
Twelve drawers was a lot of dovetailing. We were sure to label all the pieces so we didn't get them mixed up.
We are lucky to be in an area with a great supply of local hardwoods. This red oak came off a circular-saw type mill in Gray, TN. We joined it to width and sanded the high spots. Once stain has been applied, the rougher saw marks absorb more stain than the surrounding wood.
A Client asked me to make some arts-and-craft style picture frames that incorporated the traditional square peg. This was enjoyable work using my Lie-Nielsen 1/4" bevel edge socket chisel.
It is good practice to cut across the grain when squaring circles. Most importantly, it is unlikely to split when cutting in this orientation. Secondly, the end grain provides firm resistant for the chisel and terminates in a clean, crisp cut at the bottom of your hole.