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Blog series by Brad_Nailor updated 08-14-2008 09:37 PM 4 parts 24910 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: Working Out the Design & a Trip to the Cutoff Bin

06-09-2008 03:09 AM by Brad_Nailor | 7 comments »

Hey everyone…A while back I built a hold’em poker table for a friend of mine and recently I was invited to a game at his house. When he brought out the poker accessories he had these real nice clay poker chips in a metal briefcase. I thought how nice it would be to have some wood trays that matched the table. I remember seeing an article in a Woodcraft magazine (Mar ‘07) by Marc Spagnuolo AKA” The Wood Whisperer” for some nice wooden chip trays. I dug up the ar...

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Part 2: Bad blades, lots of strips, and not enough clamps...

06-27-2008 06:36 AM by Brad_Nailor | 4 comments »

So I finally started doing some ripping last week. I got my 40T blade sharpened, and I threw together a half ass thin strip ripping jig. The results of that was five pieces that when placed together you could read an eye chart through the gaps between them ! The maple was difficult to push through the saw and I was getting awful saw blade marks and really rough edges, not to mention that my thin strip jig was binding up on the maple. So frustrated, I grabbed my credit card and was determined ...

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Part 3: Making progress...and lots of chips!

07-19-2008 06:20 AM by Brad_Nailor | 10 comments »

Ok, after a brief side track, here we go again with the poker chip tray saga.. Where I last left you, I had gotten all the strips glued up into blanks. I had to wait about a week or so, to take a day off and pay a visit to my old boss and his wonderful wide belt sander. Sorry but I didn’t take any pictures of the process but it went something like this… The trays were only 10” long, and you cant put anything through the sander thats smaller than 16”, so I butted eac...

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Part 4: Sanding, Sanding and more Sanding....did I mention Sanding?

08-14-2008 09:37 PM by Brad_Nailor | 13 comments »

OK, let me apologize right up front…I didn’t take any pictures of the next few operations..they were really basic stuff, and I was so focused on completing them I just didn’t think to grab the camera. I last left you when all the trays were glued up and ready for routing. First I did some preliminary sanding of the ends. I clamped the top and bottoms together and installed the belt on my Rigid drum sander. I clamped a temporary straight edge perpendicular to the belt to keep...

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