Stairs, 101, Dec.13, 2013

101!!  That’s the number of this blog!!  Wow, I hope you are impressed, I personally did not think that I would last this long…..I am not sure of how effective this blog is as a teaching tool and I sometimes wonder what you may be thinking of when you read it.  

Questions you may wish to answer for me:

Does this help you in your learning or do you read it for another reason (such as: nothing else better to do; you are bored and get some laughs from it; I force you to read it; you like to comment on stuff on the web; etcetera…….)?

Would you just like it to go away (like a nightmare)?

Is there another format that you would prefer?

Is the material I post interesting/informative?

Do I post too many times about the things I am doing/making?

Any other comments would be appreciated……

Now to get on my self-promotion band-wagon again….the table continued:

To make the perfect circle:


I placed the two halves of the table upside down and temporarily screwed them together with a thin piece of plywood.  That plywood also had a hole in it through which I put a 1/4″ bolt sticking up.  After attaching a long piece of plywood to the base of a plunge router (in which I had previously inserted a straight bit), I pierced a hole in it (the plywood) at the 24″ (aprox.) point so as to place it over the bolt.  I then loosely threaded  a nut onto the bolt so as to keep it in place.  Then fired up the router and plunged the bit in to cut the radius.


Don’t try to do this in one pass – let the router do the work without strain……


And between the passes:  



PS – don’t “climb feed” the router – you will be unhappy when it takes off and you loose control!!!! (Usually the work is seriously damaged at the same time, not to mention the possibility of you hurting yourself).  Of course everyone remembers what “climb feeding” is, right? No it has nothing to do with providing nourishment to bipeds in trees….

You will have to complete the tour of the table top and then shorten the distance between the original hole and the router bit (by drilling a second hole to the side of the first hole and closer to the bit in the router) and redo cut it so as to achieve a smooth surface/cut of the radius….

Next blog, bending the material for the skirt!!

Please let me know how I am doing on this experiment!


About jhcarpentry

I am a teacher in the Construction Carpentry Program at the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) for the New Frontiers School board. This blog is a way for me to connect with my students.
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4 Responses to Stairs, 101, Dec.13, 2013

  1. marc says:

    you remind me of my high school shop teacher mr aikman all the things he said in class made sense and stuck with me all these years. personally I find your blog very informative but, you will have to decide on how many readers you need to make it feasible.
    I am in the process of making a new top for our kitchen island I have chosen ash,do you think this is a good choice what is your table top made with.

    • jhcarpentry says:

      If you keep reading it it is all worthwhile!!
      Ash is a wonderful wood – local, sustainable, hard and inexpensive compared to lots of woods. The only downside for your purposes it that it is an open-grained wood – it will stain more easily than a closed grained wood and will wear a little faster. If you are not planning to use the surface as a cutting board, that should not be an issue, but if you want to cut on the island, make yourself a maple cutting surface you can bring out when you want to slice or chop!!

      Thanks for the support,

  2. victorio says:

    The reality is: I’ve graduated from Ormstown as you know and I did pretty well but nevertheless I find myself reading every one of your posts. After getting out in the field I realized I had simply just scratched the surface of knowledge and your blog keeps everything fresh in my mind. I have also learnt lots through your blog that I didn’t catch while in class.
    I’m assuming that as a teacher you have a love for teaching and if one student benefits you must feel rewarded. I am that one student that has been benefiting and that will continue to benefit from your blogs. I would be deeply surprised if you were to stop this blog.

    I know that while we are students we don’t much care about blogs and have this kind of care free attitude but when reality hits the front door that’s when you scram for help, this blog represents the help in my eyes.
    As you know I thank you for answering all the emails I’ve sent you and I also thank you for the posts because they always help.

    Congratulations on your 101 sir!

    Keep on posting!

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