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Blog series by Boatman53 updated 04-03-2013 02:52 AM 6 parts 19215 reads 57 comments total

Part 1: Second layout

02-19-2013 02:19 AM by Boatman53 | 5 comments »

I couldn’t help it so I spent some more time on the box today. I made a new door, this one from 3/4” stock. Again, nothing special, biscuits and butt joints. The panel I planed down just a bit to give a reveal to the edges on the outside. Here is the new layout, nothing is inlayed yet, I didn’t have time. Or this one. I think I like this one better. I also rearranged the main box. I decided the chisels needed to move to the front panel, I use them too often. I’m ...

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Part 2: French fitting

02-20-2013 01:49 AM by Boatman53 | 12 comments »

I stayed late at the shop and fitted all the tools in the door. I’m just too excited, and won’t be able to work on it this coming weekend. This is just a quick fit, all freehand router work. All the tools were just traced with a pencil. With all the tools installed. The deepest routing still leaves a 1/4” thickness in the door panel. That’s all I had time to work on today. I still need to figure out where where the catches or toggles are going to go to hold the...

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Part 3: Dovetails

03-04-2013 03:59 AM by Boatman53 | 6 comments »

I did some experimenting with some dovetail layouts this weekend and this is what I’ve got so far. These are just quick pine samples. The question I have is there any difference in strength between the different layouts? I’m leaning toward the two on the right, the uniform spacing on the bottom the more decerative not top. The bottom sample is upside down at the moment.Jim

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Part 4: Dovetailing the box

03-07-2013 03:07 AM by Boatman53 | 11 comments »

Since no one could give me a reason not to use the different dovetail spacing I went ahead cut the two styles that I liked. End to end comparison. The pin board is offered up to it’s mate to mark the tails. Since there are many to mark I took the time to clamp everything so it wouldn’t shift. Next came the cutting out. Yes I use the band saw. When I made the samples I cut to the line and assembled them right from the saw, I did no paring. The teak isn’t qui...

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Part 5: Back panel

03-15-2013 03:49 AM by Boatman53 | 10 comments »

Got some more work done on the tool box earlier this week. I made and fitted the back panel. All stock is half an inch thick and the first step was to cut he pieces just a bit long, then cut a groove on one edge to hold the panel.Them drill out the waste for the mortise.Most of it chiseled out, the width is only a bit over 1/8”.I needed to dig out a little chisel to pare down the sides, all of my other chisels were just too thick.Then the tenons were cut and fitted.All the pieces fitted...

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Part 6: Some tools for the box

04-03-2013 02:52 AM by Boatman53 | 13 comments »

I’ve spent my available time lately making or modifying some of the tools that are going to go in the box. First up is a tool that I wasn’t sure was going in but I think it will work. It’s an old Yankee 1431 “radio” drill. I bought it a while ago mostly for the chuck to get a Yankee with the ratchet up and running. This little one came with no handle, perfect for this job. So first order was to figure out where it was going to go, and then make the handle. I made...

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