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Old 04-04-2011, 10:10 AM   #4561
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I use the router upside down fixed in to a sheet of plywood.

By using a bit with a bearing for a guide on the tip, I don't need any sort of fence. With curved wood, this is especially useful...in fact, it's essential.

Start the wood very carefully at the left hand end so it feeds into the cutting edge of the bit. If you try feeding it from the opposite side, the bit will try to rip the wood out of your hand very quickly.

That's a mistake you'll only make once.
Man, that looks almost like my router table and it is made the same way. Sometimes a person just don't need fancy to do a good job.

Buddy, I can see your car in my mind and that is one mean machine. That is going to be so much fun.

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sorry to be so thick ,i'm lost on the whole closet and how the wood applies
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sorry to be so thick ,i'm lost on the whole closet and how the wood applies
Tim...you're not the only one, my wife is lost as well! But then, maybe I am too!

Over the next couple of days, I should be able to get the two end sections of the closet walls assembled so you can see what the heck I'm up to. I'm pretty certain you haven't seen anything quite like this before.

But you of all people should know me by now, right? When do I ever do anything the conventional way? Sometimes I think I just never learn, oh well...
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OK, we have a couple of photos this morning. It's typically very dull and rainy here again so I hope the light was adequate to show the progress.

First up I have a couple of shots of the jig used to get the length of the curved pieces all cut the same. If you don't get them identical, then it wouldn't be any too easy to fix these curved pieces to the wall itself. The pictures will end up explaining much better than I can in words. Here's the curved jig.
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Actually, I had to make two separate jigs, one for the inside curve and one for the outside curve.

Each jig has a stop on the underside so that I could run it up against the left side of the miter saw. This ensured that all the boards ended up the same length.
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Now the arbutus boards which go at the other end of the closet are actually straight on the back side, and curved on the front.

It turned out that once the boards were all shaped and sanded, that I also had to cut a slight angle on the outer end of the boards so that it would be square with the wall. Clear as mud, right? Don't worry, we'll get there.

And here's the stack of all the 42 boards finished and ready to be assembled into wall sections.
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Well once again I am amazed at the woodworking knowledge and creative ability of one Keith.

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Start the wood very carefully at the left hand end so it feeds into the cutting edge of the bit. If you try feeding it from the opposite side, the bit will try to rip the wood out of your hand very quickly. That's a mistake you'll only make once.
Reminds me of time (years ago) when I had my radial arm saw on a job remodelling a detached garage and turning it into a man-cave. I had become friendly with the customer and was working late one evening. I turned the head on the saw to rip a small board (for some reason) and began to feed the board into the saw blade BACKWARDS.

You can guess what happened! The blade instantly grabbed the work-piece and shot it across the room where it stuck into the wall narrowly missing the customers head. My fingers where drawn in towards the blade but I somehow was able to divert a digit disaster.

To this day I thank my lucky stars one of us wasn't seriously injured or killed and I wonder if maybe the beer we had consumed that evening had anything to do with the unfortunate episode.

This too, was a mistake you'll only make once.
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Well once again I am amazed at the woodworking knowledge and creative ability of one Keith.

Quickly:

Reminds me of time (years ago) when I had my radial arm saw on a job remodelling a detached garage and turning it into a man-cave. I had become friendly with the customer and was working late one evening. I turned the head on the saw to rip a small board (for some reason) and began to feed the board into the saw blade BACKWARDS.

You can guess what happened! The blade instantly grabbed the work-piece and shot it across the room where it stuck into the wall narrowly missing the customers head. My fingers where drawn in towards the blade but I somehow was able to divert a digit disaster.

To this day I thank my lucky stars one of us wasn't seriously injured or killed and I wonder if maybe the beer we had consumed that evening had anything to do with the unfortunate episode.

This too, was a mistake you'll only make once.
Beer and woodworking machinery do not go together any too well! I saw a joke page recently which gave the purpose of several different woodworking machines. A tablesaw is used for the purpose of turning a piece of wood into a missile.

If you have ever experienced the thrill of a piece of wood binding as it tries to exit the blade, you know exactly what I'm talking about. That's why they make splitters behind the blade.

There's a reason they call those saws a Radial Alarm Saw Bud.
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Slowly but surely this closet thing is coming together.

Yesterday I got the first end wall assembled on the bench, and it looks something like this.

Perhaps now you can see what it will look like.
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I should have had enough sense to assemble it upstairs, but nooooo. It's a lot heavier than it may appear and I had to pack it up the stairs and sit it in place. Next one gets assembled in place.
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Couple more pics a little closer up so you can see how well the jig cutting helps things to fit properly.
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Yesterday we also yarded out the soaker tub and finally hooked up the drain. It's back in place now and hopefully this is for the last time.
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Couple more pics a little closer up so you can see how well the jig cutting helps things to fit properly.
Buddy, you are good, that is some fine craftsmanship, repetition has always been tough for me, that does look good.

Bud I did the same thing years ago, I was remodeling an exotic wood show room and didn't have a tablesaw there. I needed to rip a board and had never tried to rip with a ras, that was to only time I ever tried that, once is enough.
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Server troubles for the past couple of days...still not sure if they are resolved.

Despite my claims to the contrary, I ended up assembling the second closet wall on the bench downstairs. It turned out to be the only place with sufficient room.
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And once again it was carried upstairs and installed. Here showing the new wall in place, and a pic taken from just outside the bedroom door leading to the deck so you can see the relationship with the far end.

Sorry about all the wood in the way there.
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