Ok – so now I’m on to making the box itself. I’ve not accomplished much today as I’m expecting company and spent a lot of shop time cleaning and preparing a meal. But the slow process is ok I’m really seeing things a little differently being forced to go slowly. It’s also a test of my patience trying to take pictures of the process along the way. For every pic you see here – I’ve probably taken 30 or 40 to get it right. I spoke to Santa last night and I really am getting a new camera for Christmas – maybe sooner!!!
Next off to the saw to rip to width – got the grip tight as the featherboard – its works well. You can’t see the spliter but it’s there. My guard broke into pieces so I need to get a new guard of some sort.
I am not happy with my bandsaw for resawing. Completely a tune up problem that I need to work on. Nevertheless I’m resawing on the table saw here. I start with small bites. I resawed to 1/2” and it was interesting that I got some twist when I finished the cut. But funny thing was that the twist is on the large cutoff portion not the 1/2” portion – that part is still dead flat.
Next was setting up my stop block for the long side. I used the sterrate to get an accurate measurement. I had to put a shim under the leg to hold it straight against the stop block to accommodate the chamfer on the bottom of the block.
For the short sides I added a second stop block that I clamped to the first stop. I’m using a lot of scrap and the piece I picked up was a tad short. About 3 playing cards shy – but this works. I’m not sure how the flow of the grain would go if I did not cut long side, short side, long side, short side. Even though the article does not say to do so, I decided that I should do it that way. A second stop block makes it a no brainer on having all sides the same.
That’s where I’m at until tomorrow. Hopefully I’m not boring you to death. But I’m finding that doing this blog is really slowing me down and making me think more throughly through the process. So bare with me!
Of course, any suggestions or comments are welcomed.
My Buckeyes just lost – no national championship for us. :-(
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