Embroidery Stand

 

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So, my wife has a framed piece of embroidery we got from a garage sale.  The erstwhile owners thought it was junk, because the stand was broken. Hah.

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I thought I could make something of it.    First, I cut the base flat.   This was freehand on the tablesaw.  Not recommended.  Had I been doing something more aggressive than shaving off high points, I would have done it differently. Result: flat bottom.

 

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Now, a base.  Start with a block of wood: planed, jointed… otherwise quite square.

 

 

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What I’m going to be doing here is using the square block as a guiding surface to cut a precise sacrificial rectangular shape, attached to the work piece.  Then I’ll be able to cut the work piece, guiding off the sacrifical piece.
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Two-sided masking tape is remarkably strong; more than strong enough for the next 10 minutes of work.

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Work piece temporarily attached to the sacrificial block. Now, I make an offset fence, so I can cut the block a carefully measured amount proud of the edge of the workpiece. You can see the configuration here:


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About 7/8″ clearance between saw blade and edge of fence.

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OK, now we run the workpiece by the saw in every direction, and cut the sacrificial bit to 7/8″ proud, everywhere.

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I want a tapered leg effect, and a taper to the whole base.  So set the saw at an angle.

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This is a shopsmith; without entering into the religious debate about them, I find it a fine tool.  But if you want to do a taper on the tablesaw, you’re going to be tilting the table. Now, make the penetration in the zero-clearance throat plate; I want this piece well supported.

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And, I’m ready to make my cuts around the edges of the workpiece.  Here you can see the blade approach angle to the workpiece.  I’ve got it raised _just_ high enough to make a thorough score into the sacrificial piece.  You can see a notch out of the top of it, for a sense of how deep the blade is going.

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Now, carefully, cut all four edges.  Because of the cut geometry, no blade guard is possible here.

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Now, increase the tilt a little,

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Move the fence a little, and raise the table a little;  this cut is not going all the way through the workpiece.

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and again four cuts.  Viola! ;)

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That was the interesting bit.  Now, it’s just careful dado work.

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to clear the bulk of the waste,

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and then a _LOT_ of sanding.

Then, to attach the base to the embroidery:  drill two _pedantically_ carefully measured holes in the base.

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(with drill press, natch) and then drill the same holes in the shaved base of the embroidery.

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Cut a few short brass pins, and give them a skewtch of a taper on the drill press in horizontal-boring configuration.  I’m gripping the pin in my hand drill.

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and a few gentle taps with a little hammer, and we’re done.

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Item in service.

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