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Old 05-16-2013, 12:40 AM   #7621
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Made some decent progress on the second railing today. Here the new one sits atop the first one for comparison.

Going to town tomorrow, so no work done...but Friday should see the last of the laminations on this second railing.

Unsettled weather for a few days coming up and I will need to do the shaping outside as I'm trying - somewhat in vain - to clean up the inside of the place.
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Great work. The stairs are going to look amazing. How do you take the smaller blocks and get them down to the shape that you need them?
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Keith, is that yellow cedar in your rail? Does yellow cedar look like that all the way through the tree? That is some beautiful wood and fantastic workmanship buddy.

I noticed there was a hurricane headed up toward your area, sure hope it don't make it that far.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:39 AM   #7624
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Great work. The stairs are going to look amazing. How do you take the smaller blocks and get them down to the shape that you need them?
That entails removing all the blocks first, numbering them on the underside as to where they go and shaping from there. I start by using the jigsaw to roughly trim the sides to shape. Next the top has to be tapered towards the bottom of the piece, which is followed by handplane and spokeshave work, which is in turn followed by a random orbital sander and finally hand sanding.

The pic shows a small section of the upper handrail. The radius of the top handrail is greater than the lower one, thus making longer pieces for the top. I have a hunch it's going to be more difficult to make the lower ones look good because of their smaller physical size.
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Keith, is that yellow cedar in your rail? Does yellow cedar look like that all the way through the tree? That is some beautiful wood and fantastic workmanship buddy.

I noticed there was a hurricane headed up toward your area, sure hope it don't make it that far.
Yes Jim...there are two rows of yellow cedar in the new handrail. The wood is substantially more dense than red cedar. The colour and consistency of yellow cedar is such that it almost looks artificial, which is to say there's no change anywhere in the wood except for knots.

No hurricane here yet Jim, we seldom get winds that big here, although it does happen. In fact the water is flat calm here this morning so it should be a quiet trip to town.
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The yellow cedar looks almost like butter and being more dense I bet it cuts and machines like butter too. The last I saw of where the hurricane was is about Oregon and headed north, hopefully it will die out before getting that far north. Have a safe trip across buddy.
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Thanks for sharing the information. Lots of work but the end result looks well worth it.

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Thanks for sharing the information. Lots of work but the end result looks well worth it.

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You're more than welcome Robyn. Unfortunately, I prematurely sold several of my tools a few months ago, among them a small bandsaw and a stationery sander, both of which I used to cut and shape the top railing.

I couldn't see myself doing a timely job without the bandsaw, so I bought another one today when I was in town for grub. My big drill press was another casualty of the premature tool sale as well, so I got a smaller one today. I forgot that I would need one to make all the plugs to fill the screw holes. I tell you, this old timers' is no fun. Just ask Jim!
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You're more than welcome Robyn. Unfortunately, I prematurely sold several of my tools a few months ago, among them a small bandsaw and a stationery sander, both of which I used to cut and shape the top railing.

I couldn't see myself doing a timely job without the bandsaw, so I bought another one today when I was in town for grub. My big drill press was another casualty of the premature tool sale as well, so I got a smaller one today. I forgot that I would need one to make all the plugs to fill the screw holes. I tell you, this old timers' is no fun. Just ask Jim!
Heeeeey...you better watch that stuff.LOL
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I think that's the best excuse yet for needing new tools Keith. j/k
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I think that's the best excuse yet for needing new tools Keith. j/k
Oh, c'mon now...since when did I ever need an excuse to buy tools?
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Busy day today here. Early this morning I took the front door off to get sanded, filled and painted. Once the sanding was done, there were one or two little spots to fill.
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Once that was dry, it got a good sanding, and there wasn't much filler left.
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ai-je rêvé qui est une porte galbée? ou qui a été conçu à dessein?

(did I dream that is a curved door ?? or that was designed on purpose?)

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ai-je rêvé qui est une porte galbée? ou qui a été conçu à dessein?

(did I dream that is a curved door ?? or that was designed on purpose?)

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It wasn't a dream Marc, it fits the curved front wall like that.

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