HB Tansu Progress-2

The weather today was unseasonably mild for August.  So I took advantage and worked in the shop for about an hour and a half.  I was able to get, I think, quite a bit done.

I cut the six pieces that are to be the front and rear bearers to length.  Then I surfaced planed all of them to remove any machining marks.  Notice I said nothing about cutting them to width. I designed this piece to use off the shelf sizes from the big box stores and built in some tolerance for slight variances.  After the surface planing I marked them all for length between the posts.  After this I focused my attention on the rear bearers.  These I marked for the tenon and bridle joint arrangement using my purpose built gauge.  I then proceeded to cut and chop all of the joinery in those pieces.  I took a chance which these and sawed all of the joints to the line.  Leaving no “meat” for fitting.  A bit risky, but it was time to give it a try.  I set those pieces aside and cut the dados in the posts.  If you remember, I had chopped all of the mortises in the posts but left the dado portion until I knew the finished thickness of the bearer pieces.  Once these were all completed it was “moment of truth” time.  Would all six joints fit straight off the saw?  Would they be so loose as to be useless?

I began the test fitting by first chamfering the leading edges of all the tenons.  Then it was time to try the first joint.  I’ll be damned, it seated perfectly with a little gentle persuasion from the mallet.  Each and every one of the five remaining joints went exactly the same way.

After this I added the grooves to these three rear bearers.  Then reassembled the rear bearers into the posts and installed the top and bottom rails to complete the rear frame dry assembly.  All that is left for the rear frame is to fit a panel and glue it all together.

All in all not too bad for just and hour and a half of work in the shop.  Hopefully I’ll get to work on the front bearers tomorrow evening.  These will be a little more challenging due to the exposed bird beak detail, but they should go just as smoothly, maybe.

I designed this project in hopes of creating a quick method of joinery for assembling case work.  So far things are working out as I had planned.  Plus I may actually be getting the hang of this woodworking thing.

Greg Merritt

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5 Responses to HB Tansu Progress-2

  1. brianj says:

    As the old A team show says…. ‘I love it when a plan comes together’…… good feeling eh?

    Side note: searching for paring chisel info on PS board and you had reshaped your chisels if I recall correctly, I have the narex and was never that happy with them. Too chunky and not well balanced. What did you end up doing if you don’t mind sharing? Brian

    • gman3555 says:

      Hi Brian.

      It does feel nice so far that things are going so well. I just can’t shake the other feeling that something is bound to go wrong.

      The only thing I’ve done to my Narex is reshape the handles. Which did make a big difference, but they still feel top heavy. I ended up buying some Japanese chisels to try. I’m using them to build this project and will post more about them after putting them through their paces.


      • joemcglynn says:

        “I just can’t shake the other feeling that something is bound to go wrong.”

        You’ll be OK until you get to the “apply unreduced shellac with a tiny brush” step 🙂

        • gman3555 says:

          I’m trying to convince SWMBO that our environmentally controlled kitchen is the perfect place for applying shellac. I have yet to meet with any success however.


  2. brianj says:

    Thank you for the link!! Good info I will have to look through. I’m developing a thing for paring chisels… I think because I love timber framing and think the slick is the king of all chisels…lol. good luck as you progress, thank you again for sharing your progress.

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