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Watch Box #2: Cutting and assembly

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Blog entry by Andy posted 967 days ago 3562 reads 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I carefully laid out the compartments on a sheet of plywood to be sure it would give the customer the room required.

I then marked my cuts out for the body on the only piece of bloodwood I had left. I cut the board to the width of all four sides and slotted a kerf for the bottom. Here is a test piece of 1/4” ply.

I mitered the sides and then cut slots for splines to add strength and dress it up a little. I used maple and wenge for the splines.

This is how the splines look after glue up. I am always a little nervous, hoping I dont have any gaps at the back which will show up when I start grinding away.

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 967 days ago

Looking forward to the finished box. Thanks for the blog.

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LittlePaw

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#2 posted 967 days ago

Looks great . . . ‘n I’m holding my breath to see the quilted maple lid! You are going to post the making process, aren’t you?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 967 days ago

Looks good, Andy!

The bottom groove… is it spaced 1/4” from the bottom? In the pic, it looks like a narrower strip under the ply.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Andy

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#4 posted 966 days ago

@Joe, its about 3/16”. I needed all the interior space I could get, this board was barely wide enough to get the entire box out of it. Good eye!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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Karson

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#5 posted 966 days ago

Andy: A great looking build so far. It looks like you don’t preglue the splines and then sand to width,

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bertha

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#6 posted 966 days ago

I love the staggered keys. This will be one fine box.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Andy

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#7 posted 965 days ago

@Karson, I am not sure what you are asking, but I cut for splines after the box is glued up and dry. I then glue in the splines, pretesting each for fit. Then I cut off the excess on either the bandsaw or I just use a handsaw for a taller box like this one. I hope thats clear as mud.ha

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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Karson

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#8 posted 965 days ago

Andy what I was referring to but so in-eloquently stated was the splines look like they are multiple species of wood and it looks like they are not glued together and then shaped to fit the required slot.

The individual pieces in the last picture look like they are glued into place and not pre-glued together.

This explanation probably made it harder to understand than my in-adiquite first try.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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