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Prowell's Feathering Wood Garden Gate #209






A study in feathered laminations and grounding grids.

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The slats ripped to dimension and passed through the drum sander before receiving the glue below as they are set onto the clamping form.

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The first truss.

The individual 1/4" strips are glued and clamped to the profile of the form. Once dry, the glue of each individual strip maintains the final profile of the clamping form.

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The second truss.

Following the same system.

The top clamping cleats are used to create an even pressure conformed to the profile of the form

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Below we see the primary truss and the pencil lines of a proposed feathering.

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Three additional layers are added to the original profile, with each layer feathering off to the shape of the clamping forms shown below.

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The feathering truss being planed with a raduis plane.

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Stanley Victor #20 Cast Iron Circular Compass Plane. Circa 1879.

  Stanley Victor #20 Compass plane

The primary laminated truss, finding its place that will in turn impact all other componanta to follow.

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A fourth, smaller radus being clamped up on a form that will get stashed in the loft, waiting along with the other forms for the 209 that will make the next 209 a little simpler.

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The thru tenon for the top rail, which bears the greatest stress load.

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All the primary trusses laid out for a glue-up assembly. The remaining componants will be set later

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The top joint #9. Beyond the structural plus, the joint has the advantage of being permanently set at any time. The long tenon simply slides into place at it's full 9"+ length, and completed eventually with the locking pins from the top and the oak wedges driven into the two kerfs shown below.

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To stabilize the eye, a grid of 1-1/2" openings.

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In a box kept under the back workbench we keep an assortment of metal architectural scale rules and some 30+ french curves. In all, counting those inherited and kept in a separate location, Prowell possesses some 75 french curves of every size conceivable.

The french curves are invaluable to creating the orientation and fluxuation of any radius as a real-time, hands-on tool. The original medley of french curves used by Charles, his mother, and his Uncle Charley disappeared as a drafting aid decades ago when Charles migrated from the drafting board to the CAD in the late 80's.

The scale rules shown in the lower compartment are utilized when considering a photo sent in to aid us with a design proposal. Deternining a scale in proportion to the photo can in turn determine the dimensions of everything else in the photo.

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What's next? Duplicate the grid on the left, where the eventual latch will be, with another, smaller grid on the opposite side.

Lewella, as in Lewella Longings, shown waiting to clean up the day's mess.

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Meanwhile, the shop comes to a grinding halt to accommodate photographers from Taunton Press.

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Five hours of standing around.

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April 2016

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