A number of things have gone wrong so far….
First, I (a mathematician by training) miscalculated the size of the box I could make from the stock I had. Came up almost one side short. Figured I could make up the difference by finding another piece of curly maple and cutting it down to match. The grain wouldn’t match up, but I was willing to live with that.
Then, I discovered that my )(*&^@)%^ cheap table saw (A 10” Craftsman portable that Wood magazine recommended but for which I wouldn’t give you $.02 but that’s a story for another day) couldn’t cut a straight line while the blade was tilted, so I ended up with some of my mitered corners curved.
No problem, I decided. I can cut them square again and use a miter lock bit to create the corners. No problem. Got the bit set up and turned my attention back to the stock I had.
Realized I had cut the miters before planing to thickness. Took each piece to the jointer then the planer.
My planer decided that it doesn’t want to reliably move stock through itself any more, which likely means that I need to clean the rollers. Not sure how to do that but will give it a try this weekend. Anyway, a piece got stuck and so I fed in another piece behind it to kind of push it out. Used a piece that had been planed all the way down in the hope it would be below the knives. No such luck. Sniped the heck out of the leading edge of the board (which was planed just a shade thin anyway, so it’s now unusable). I’m almost certain as well that this was a bad idea from a safety standpoint and normally will just power the planer down in this situation, lift the knives up and away, and remove the board by hand with the unit unplugged. Got lazy and impatient this time.
So I now have one side and one end of a curly maple box. Ends squared off and ready to be routed. After I go find another piece of curly maple and try again to cut the right size pieces so they’ll match.
I love learning, I just wish the lessons weren’t so painful!
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