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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Make sure your finish is child safe. I sprayed mine with lead free car paint. Very tough and good finish.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by jlwest View Post
    Make sure your finish is child safe. I sprayed mine with lead free car paint. Very tough and good finish.
    Yep will definitely pick a non-toxic finish when the time comes. I'm leaning towards staining at this point.

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    Don't get anal over how flat is flat enough. The wood is going to move with changes in its environment even after you've gone to great pains to make it ideal from the start.
    Very valid point. I'll just continue to do my best.

    I spent most of the day in the garage and managed to get both of the top side rails done. First time hand cutting mortises and there was a bunch of them. I'm pretty happy with how they came out and it was kind of therapeutic to do. Next up is the bottom side rails. Not sure if I'm going to hand cut those mortises as well or go with the ole router.

    I threw together a quick jig to draw the large arcs with some twine and 3/16" plywood. It worked out very well and was quick to put together.









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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Don't get anal over how flat is flat enough. The wood is going to move with changes in its environment even after you've gone to great pains to make it ideal from the start.
    Yeah, I too think 1/16" over say, 36" is pretty negligible.

    If that's all the warping you have I think you did pretty darn good for S4S stored outside.

    Capital City's lumber has not been so kind to me in the past.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    I can't say I was super impressed with the selection, but I was able to get enough to work with for this project.

    I spent the majority of the weekend working on the crib. I cut all of the side frame rails and outer stiles by hand so it was slow progress, but definitely enjoyable. I found cutting the tenons and mortises by hand very therapeutic. Here are some progress pictures.















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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Bromley, Are you chopping out your mortises with the Dewalt bench chisel and the nylon hammer?

    Also, what width chisel are you using?


    BTW, Your WIP looks great. Looking forward to your next update.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

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    Bromley, Are you chopping out your mortises with the Dewalt bench chisel and the nylon hammer?

    Also, what width chisel are you using?


    BTW, Your WIP looks great. Looking forward to your next update.
    Thanks! Yep you got it, not ideal for sure but it's working. It's a 1/4" chisel.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Well, I genuinely wish I lived closer and could loan you a couple tools.

    Chopping mortises with a proper Joiner’s Mallet and a real mortising chisel is light years away from the way you are doing it. If you are enjoying the Dewalt chisel and hammer, using better suited tools will blow your socks off. For me, there was an enormous difference.

    I see you like Veritas/Lee Valley tools. I’m embarrassed by just how many of their tools I own. FWIW, it is well worth getting a proper mortising chisel. I think Veritas now has an outstanding mortising chisel made out of PM-V11. LV also sells some other excellent brands. If you can afford to buy one, I’d encourage you to buy it for this project.

    I’m a big matching set of tools OCD kind of guy, but a mortising chisel is the one exception. For 95% of your work, you can get by with just a 5/16” chisel. Works just fine in stock from 3/4” to full inch (and more) thick material.



    As for a Joiner’s Mallet, If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend an episode of the WoodWrights called “Big Ash Mallet” which is about an excellent mallet Roy makes in just 30 minutes. If you have a 1” bench chisel and some firewood, you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to make. Even more amazed by how well it works for chopping mortises. After all, what is a Joiner’s Mallet really for?

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Thanks for the tips, after sharpening my chisel for the fifth time this weekend I was beginning to wonder how much nicer a mortise chisel would be. I do love the veritas tools so I'll put one on my want list and see when I can pick one up. I also just watched the episode on the joimters mallet. That seems like a good afternoon project one of these weekends. I'll just have to pick up some wood for it as most of my scrap is poplar.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Thanks to the snow yesterday I left work around 1:30 in the afternoon and was able to spend the remainder of the evening in the shop. After my first few test slats I decided to get the rest of them ready. This required rough cutting my 5/4 board to length, hand jointing one edge, ripping the opposite edge on the table saw, resawing on the bandsaw, planing to final thickness, and finally ripping to the final width. I'm super impressed with my new Laguna 14 12 bandsaw. This is my first time resawing and I was able to split the 5/4 board and only have to plane about 1/16th or less to get it nice and smooth again. It didn't take much to get it set up and operating in top condition. A couple more hours and I should have both sides assembled. The last few details will be added the router on all the slats.






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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    I prefer a bevel chisel. Here's why:

    https://youtu.be/q_NXq7_TILA
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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

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    I prefer a bevel chisel. Here's why:

    https://youtu.be/q_NXq7_TILA
    Very interesting! So maybe it's just my low quality chisels but I was really struggling to keep and edge on them. It's only poplar and after just one mortise there would be small nicks in the edge. Maybe sharpen to a different angle?

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    What kind of chisels are they?
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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    I have a set of DeWalt bench chisels (yes probably the issue) and some narex ones. The narex ones are much thinner and I didn't feel comfortable prying with the 1/4" one.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Bill, I’m curious about what kind of hammer/mallet you use. Also, what type of mortising chisels were you using before you converted over to bevel/bench chisels?

    FWIW, I’ve never used a huge pigsticker like the one in the video. I do have and occasionally use some smaller antique ones, but mostly the set of Narex.

    Paul Sellers knows way more about woodworking and teaching woodworking then I’ll ever know but he definitely “doinked up” the first mortise and did a much better job on the second one. There are some very obvious reasons for some of that.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    I use an oak mallet I made years ago.

    The mortising chisel I had was one I'd picked up at woodworking shop. I simply do not recall the brand. I also say "had" because I have no idea where it is.

    As for bevel chisels, I use some Stanley Fat Max and a variety of "no name" and some old Stanley chisels my dad has had for around 40 years. I beat the snot out of my chisels.

    Paul's video was pretty much a demonstration thing so you have to take it with a grain of salt.
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