WHC: Week 9

I didn’t go to wood hobby club last week because they needed me at work. I missed the lesson on raised panel doors, but the instructors said that it’s no problem and they’ll go over it with me later.

Last night I went in a little early to cut my facing pieces and biscuit them on. I had plenty of scrap wood from making my panels. Some quick measurements, a couple runs through the planer, a couple cuts and those were ready. After a refresher on how to use the jointer, I attached my side pieces and clamped them.

For those who don’t know what biscuit joints are (I had never heard of them), basically, you have a small, thin oval of wood (called a biscuit), and you cut long slots in both pieces of wood you want to attach together. Then you put glue on the little ovals, put them in the slots, put more glue along the length of one of the pieces of wood, and put the second piece of wood on, then clamp them while the glue dries. Biscuit joinery allows for some error because the biscuits can move in the slots. That way, it doesn’t matter if your slots line up perfectly. Then the biscuits swell with the glue and make a strong joint. It’s better than just gluing two flat faces together, and you don’t need to put nails on the face of the piece of furniture you’re making.

This week was the lesson on how to make dovetail joints for drawers. I assumed that there was a machine that did the cuts, but instead you use this complicated jig to line up your boards, and then you cut the joints with a router. There are a lot more steps to building an end table than anybody expected. Building my kitchen is going to be time consuming!

After the lesson, the glue had dried on my project, so I was ready to put on the horizontal facing pieces. That took longer than expected. I had to re-cut some of my biscuit holes, and then I had to try five different clamps to get one to clamp properly. I was a little cranky by the end of it. I’ve been sick these past couple weeks as well, so after four hours at the club, I was ready to go home.

The course will start up again in the new year, but I can go in and work on my project over the break if someone’s in the club. I’m not sure if I will. The restaurant I work at is closed for a week, so I might just hole up with friends, family, and a bunch of blankets for the holidays.

Anyways, here’s a picture of the side pieces after they’ve been glued on, with the middle pieces resting on the shelves.

Look at that! A piece of furniture! Kind of :P

Look at that! A piece of furniture! Kind of 😛

I didn’t take a picture of the horizontal pieces attached because they were still clamped when I left.

Also, there are a lot of cool projects that people build at the club. I couldn’t help but drool over this one:

Doesn't this look amazing??

Doesn’t this look amazing??

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