Hand Tools doings #10: Precision cutting

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-20-2008 03:51 AM 1533 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Rabbetted box Part 10 of Hand Tools doings series Part 11: Finished box - with finishing question for you »

Well I’m putting a finish and flocking on my rabbett joint box. I decided tonight that I’d try to do some precision cutting. Just a small butt joint box. The project dimensions and idea comes from the book “Box by Box” put out by Popular Woodworking. This book has some good projects that challenge you to build skills. I find the directions and illustrations good, better than most. The wood is 1/4” Narra. It was already dimensioned to thickness (I purchased it in a pack from Woodcraft.) Narra kind of reminds me of mahogany – it cuts very easily. The things i learned on this project——-

First – when ripping a board clamped in the face vise – it’s better to have it lower in the vise than higher. The higher it is the more it will chatter and be hard to cut.



I rough cut my pieces to approximate sizes.


Then off to the shooting board to clean up the edges. I’m actually getting the feel for the shooting board.

I sized the two ends to the same size (the width and length) and then the width of the bottom to match the sides.


Then I cut the front and back to match each other and cut the bottoms length to match the length of the two ends and the bottom combined.


This is as far as I got tonight. I’m pretty happy with how the dry fit looks. It just amazes me that you can feel just the tinest difference between the pieces.


-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 06:10 AM

Nice job Betsy! And in the pictures I see your fearless friend in the background watching over your progress.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#2 posted 03-20-2008 06:14 AM

That fearless friend was laying there whining for another cookie! She is in my shop, or rather the hall by my shop more now than ever. I think she likes the quite. The power shop has tools that make loud noises that scared her. She’s a good girl though and keeps me company.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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