Back from skiing and on to dog making today.
This is a very satisfying bit of the build. After sizing everything and sanding down the maple 3mm “springs” i set to making a breeder.
Not so sophisticated with a toggle clamp......I could have sworn I had one somewhere...
on final fitting i used each dog for its intended purpose as a planing stop whilst fettling the next dog for the required fit.
And a row of soldier dogs at attention.
Last i filled in a couple of shakes i have in the leg timbers. I am not going to junk what is essentially good timber so epoxy filled the splits. I am going to use these two on the rear legs. Kind of oddly satisfying seeing the epoxy disappear down the cracks.
I have opted for an iroko end cap made from a laminate of two bits.
Japanese saws in evidence for the shoulders
Marked up and the outline chiseled in. All pretty much as planned
initial cuts with the router and chisel then two passes with a 1/2” guided bit. -
Incidentally I have just taken delivery of a new pattern bit from Infinity tools who seem to be pretty highly recommended. I will let you know how i get on with it.
Just requiring a clean up with the chisels
Trial fit. Then there was a fair bit of fiddling to get the right sort of feel to the fit.
As i am waiting for the Benchcrafted hardware at the moment. (I hear it has landed in the UK) I have not drilled the holes or finally glued up the endcap.
The fit is ok and obviously could be better but will more than do the job thats needed. Quite pleased for a first attempt.
Next time the Dogs.
A bit of fine tuning today required because i made a bit of a mistake on the dog hole strip.
Always check for squareness before you glue it up.... yes...
so I had to set up the router to re square the end of the dog strip where the mobile dog clamps.
All turned out right in the end.
routing out the dog holes - for the dogs!click for the pix...