First Box #5: Fresh start (so far)

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Blog entry by Bret posted 11-27-2009 12:44 AM 1055 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Cut to size Part 5 of First Box series Part 6: Almost ready to glue up! »

(This is actually part 4, but I messed up setting its Series until after I had part 5 written, which got added as part 4…)

So far so good. I picked up a new piece of curly maple (with plenty to spare!) and after cutting it down to roughly the size I’d need for the project and after removing the knots which spoiled the ends of the board (but which saved me 10% at Woodcraft!) I proceeded to joint an edge and cut it down to rough size for the box.

Now I need to decide how to dress the opposite edge—stack the pieces up and plane them as a group or try to sand them down. I don’t have a hand plane capable of handling this task so it’s likely going to be my planer, after a good cleaning of the rollers and table.


I’m definitely try to work more slowly this time (though I have to confess, I didn’t think through my cutting order and cut both long sides first, then the short sides, so the grain ain’t a-gonna match up at 3 of the corners no matter what I do. With the curly … ness being the big attraction, though, and with the walnut keys I’m planning to use, I hope to mask that error somewhat.

So once the boards are planed to thickness and all edges are dressed (and the extra bit on the final short side is removed), I’ll cut the channels for the bottom, the ledge for the trays, and for the large chunk of walnut that will form the box top, frame-and-panel style.

Three cheers for long weekends!

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 12:50 AM

Sounds like fun. I used some birds-eye maple for a bathroom cabinet – my first bookmatched attempt. It came out pretty good, but if curly maple is like birds-eye maple, then make really thin passes with the planer because the birds-eye really liked to tear out.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#2 posted 11-27-2009 07:11 PM

after jointing one side flat (if i’m not glueing them up) i’ll just run the jointed edge against my table saw fence,and cut to final width. the issue here is only uniform and square

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#3 posted 11-27-2009 07:16 PM

Good restart

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-28-2009 05:32 PM

Why didn’t you plane it to finished thickness before cutting?

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#5 posted 11-28-2009 05:45 PM

Cutting first meant less waste when jointing & planing. And the pieces were easier to manage. It’s just the sequence I’ve always heard for minimizing waste, especially when a board is curved slightly. Jointing each section will waste less material than trying to joint the whole.

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