Mantel Manometer

Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:38 am

Next I wanted to add the feet, which required removal of more stock. I 1st hogged out the bottom with the dato cutter.
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then routed in the cove cuts with the core box bit.
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And finally cleaned the edges with a deep 1/2" straight bit.
Ooops, I don't have a pic of that, but just fed it back and forth on the router table fence. (sorry)
Now, I've seen plans where people have made this clock housing, and cut a recess into the middle of the base top, (picture that :lol: ), and mortised the top into the base. And I planned on doing that. But because I've put more hours than I've wanted into this, I've decided to just screw and glue the top to the base. It's really not gunna have that much of a load on it, that it requires mortising. Would've been fun, but not today.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:53 am

And lastly, today, it needed a relief hole for the supply tube, to line up with the top channel. I bored it out with a 3/4" wood bit in my cordless drill. And it even lines up! (Miracles will never cease.)
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So that's all for today folks. Next step, final sand and coat. Think I'll be rubbing in some tung oil. All in all, I guess it'll work. It has some machining and design flaws, and not sure if I'ld change them, if I made another, or had to do it over. One thing that kinda bugs me is this. Maybe you fine people can help me with this "opinion".
In the photo below, the pencil points to an area that I'm not thrilled with. It's where the top edge, meets the base. The top is rounded over, and the base has a sharp line on the edges. Should I round out the line on the bottom corners, or leave it as is. To me, it looks like a square peg, in a round hole. Maybe it's just me being stupid. ;) (Now that I see my machining error in the cove cut depths, I think I'll be rounding it over, so the error won't be so noticeable. (This is between me and you. Don't tell anyone. :shh: )
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: BunkerdCaddis On: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:17 am

Nicely done!
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:23 am

Nice project - looks great!

I have to agree that I would round it over!
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:54 pm

I vote for leaving it as it is.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:39 pm

Haven't dropped the ball on this piece. Just been using the manometer in its naked unfinished shell, while the weather is cold. Once we warm up again, I'll pull it apart, final sand, coat it with tung oil, and post some pics. They say the tung oil takes a full day to dry, and I'll probably use more than one coat. Want to make that stripe as "invisible" as possible.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:11 pm

It looks great joe! My projects cause me to second guess issues no one else notices...nature of the craftsman my friend.

...when I finish will tung oil I like to brush the piece with water, let dry and sand off the hairs that rise. I repeat this until no more "hair" rises off the wood. Bowling Alley wax is a good top coat also ;)
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:55 am

Thanks for the tip Mike. The entire top curved edges of the housing are mostly end grain, and I'm worried about how the sealer will take. Time will tell.
My twin girls have their 21st birthday party today, at the in-laws, so I won't be playing around the house much this afternoon.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:08 pm

Well, I've made it back, and am almost finished with this project. The weather has warmed up mostly, and my 111 went out the other day, cause I wasn't too serious when I tended it the night B4. So as for the moment, I'm running on liquid heat. We'll see if mother nature has one more surprise for us in April.
When I left off, I had only some final sanding and finishing to do, and connect the base to the main housing. I think I mentioned that tung oil will be the sealer of choice.
I had already rounded off the corners I spoke of above, and in my opinion was an improvement. And after a little more finish sanding yesterday, I glued and screwed the 2 pieces together. Some final finish sanding was all that was needed, and I used a cabinet scraper to give the top some smoothing out in preparation of the tung oil. Some leftover scrap walnut became my test piece for the oil, and it seems 2 coats will fit the bill. Unfortunately the stripe is inbedded for good, and the only finish to mask it would be Rustoleum black paint. (Which I don't plan on doing.) So for those of you saying it'll give the project "character", guess it's meant to be. Because this was basically hand-built, there won't be any fooling anyone it was professionally done. I hope to apply the 1st coat of oil tonite, so I don't have any photos of that. But here's a few, before that next step. This 1st photo you can compare to the one above, where the pencil is pointing to what to me is a "weak" area, visually. I like a nice sharp and crisp line sometimes, but on this project, because of the shape, I think the rolling edges fit better.
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After the finish is applied, I'll shoot some more photos, hopefully of the final product.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:21 pm

Nice joe, real good. Don't confuse "mass produced" with "professionally built"...Plymouth Plantation was professionally built almost 400 yrs ago ;)
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:22 pm

Thanks to you Mike.
Here begins the tung oil application. I brushed on a couple heavy coats this weekend, and let it sit over ight. This is what it looked like this evening. Surprisingly,it looked a little chalky, don't know why. My 1st time using tung oil.
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So I took some fine steel wool to it, and smoothed it out as best I dared, and then wiped on a light coat of oil, and will let it sit another day to dry.
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We'll see what tomorrow brings. If it stays lookin the way it does now, I think I'll just wax it, and call it done. Any advice for a better finish?
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: grumpy On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:33 pm

Looking good, is that your pet Tiger... :P
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:48 pm

That looks really nice.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:58 pm

grumpy wrote:Looking good, is that your pet Tiger... :P

That's my "GTO tiger" Grumpy. Suppose to keep me inspired, and on the straight and narrow. :lol:
And thanks some more for the vote of confidence men.
P.S. I'm gunna call that stripe my GTO tiger stripe. :D
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:33 pm

Real nice J. :)
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