Saturday, March 7, 2009

Mortise and tenon.

I spent about 8 hours in the woodshop today. Lots of sanding and then cutting some joinery. I finished cutting the straight joints and tomorrow I'll cut the angled ones. I was going to try them tonight but I decided that I should do it tomorrow when I'm refreshed and can wrap my head around the weird angled cuts.


Mortise


and tenon.



Doesn't look like it should've taken 8 hours, does it? Wood work is so much sloooooower than clay work The mortises are made by drilling out the majority of wood and the rest is done with a chisel. The tenons are cut on the table saw. I bought a cool tenoning jig for a steal that saved me a lot of time, I'll write more about that next time.

The joints need some finishing touches but I'm really pleased with how well this is coming.

I'm fairly certain that the thick stock is white oak, not red. I think it'll be a nice contrast...when it's-you know-not covered in clay.

Gotta go, it's way past my dinner time.

17 comments:

jimgottuso said...

hey brandon, the wheel your making is very cool... was a woodworker myself for a while and the pics are making me nostalgic. i agree clay is faster but wood never slumps... gravity is a non-issue

Ron said...

Wow, I just left a comment on that last post and now I look back and you've got the joints done.

brandon phillips said...

jim-it's true, woodworking is a total different beast. one slip and it's firewood. i dabble in woodworking but wish it was something i could devote more time to. cabinet making , trimwork, and a few small furniture items are the extent of my skill(or lack of). my plans are to pick up a tabletop jointer and planer within the next year. i figure they'll pay for themselves pretty quickly since i won't be paying the premium for presurfaced lumber!

ron! i replied to your comment on the previous post.

Earl and Vickie said...

That's shaping up real nice! Looks like you are doing a good job.

Nate Willever said...

Brandon! Nice goin man. Thats coming together nice. Check out my last post. I made a korean kick wheel last week. Shes a beauty.

Anonymous said...

I have treadle envy.

Judy Shreve said...

Your wheel is looking good. It will be hard when you first get clay all over that beautiful woodwork. But how cool to throw on a wheel you've made!

My husband works with wood -- where did you get plans for a treadle? I have a birthday coming soon . . . . I'd never talk him into it -- lol

Alex Matisse said...

Brandon, that wheel is beautiful. You certainly have more skills than your giving yourself credit for. Can't wait to see the progress..

Kip said...

That is absolutely lovely! It will be fun to see what kinds of pots come off your handmade wheel...

Nate Willever said...

I used hard maple, i tried to get it as heavy as possible. I found this 20% off coupon for one purchase at my local lumber yard, i think i payed 60$ but i have a little left over. im horrible at math haha!

Linda Starr said...

Beautiful wood working. Will you be oiling or staining the wood or leaving it natural?

Lloyd said...

Love it! Nice looking work Brandon. Spend the evening enjoying tea from your cup so this was a nice visual to wake up to.

Gabe said...

Hey man, looks fantastic. Let me know when you're ready to take on a potter/carpenter apprentice. Would your zoning laws allow for an airstream trailer out by the barn?

brandon phillips said...

judy-here are some plans http://www.duke.edu/~msm5/pictures/treadle_plans.html

you may also have to study some photos of the wheels to better understand how everything goes together, i know i did.

linda-the inside of the tray is going to get a marine varnish, i haven't decided about everything else yet, maybe a medium oil varnish? not sure. i hate polyurethane.

gabe-what zoning laws? we live next to a cult. we have a well back there that we don't use. in fact i'll sell you 1/2 acre and build you a house(you pay for the house of course).

Judy Shreve said...

Thanks Brandon -- maybe if I print them out & leave them near my husband's work bench . . . hey, it could happen!

Gabe said...

If only I had 100K to dump into building materials right now.

Chris said...

Brandon,

The wheel is looking great!

I have been slowly purchasing the parts and materials to make one myself.

I am curious how you are going to line the slash pan? Copper? Zinc?

Also, what are you doing for a wheel head? Are you going to have one custom made or find something premade? In my research I found that the Pacifica wheel head might be ideal - If I remember right, their head fits a 1" diameter shaft.

I look forward to seeing your progress!

Chris