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A personal challenge - The make #3: Day 3

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 05-07-2010 06:18 PM 1594 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello again
Well having retrieved the missing piece of Sycamore

I discovered that the saw must have chewed it a bit before it spat it out. Only 34mm on a 70mm piece intact. I decided a partial repair was in order and set about it with my ‘Glue of Choice’ for the project. Its a Cyanoacrylate based glue for porous surfaces. Hell you most likely know of it, its probably American. Comes in a 1oz bottle.

This was the result.

Over 50mm of usable wood.
I had a slight change of mind on the design last night. This entailed shifting the grain direction for the sides from vertical to horizontal. It’ll make the box seperation less fraught and the lipping will be easier to cut. So using my trusty cross-cut jig

I cut all the side and bottom flitches to size. I also re-thicknessed the lipping flitch to 1.8mm on the belt sander (180 grit belt) before cutting it into the four required pieces. In addition I cut the corner pieces to size.
This pic also shows the corners glued onto two of the four sides.

Cutting the lipping strips was accomplished with one on my MDF push sticks (re-manufactured on the disc sander) so

I tried a dry run for the main body of the box (no further gluing up yet)

Are you getting the overall design yet?

Next the pieces for the top design were cut to 8mm wide. The pattern will initially be 8mm thick.

I don’t know if you recall but its going to be a chevron design. I drew out a guide for 1/2 of the boxes top area

and laid out the pieces

and the glued them up ready for trimming. The pattern will be resawn into two identical patterns, 3mm thick, to complete the top design. Enough for today. I need a cup of tea or maybe a beer. After all it is Friday and I’m not working tomorrow.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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lumberdustjohn

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#1 posted 05-07-2010 07:08 PM

Shut it down for the weekend.

Such little pieces to work with.

Rest those tired fingers.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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NewPickeringWdWrkr

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#2 posted 05-07-2010 07:11 PM

That’s going to be one special box when you’re done!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 05-07-2010 07:18 PM

Oh I don’t know, I’m getting right into this, I may do some more tomorrow.

Ha ha ha ha ha

Martyn

You can tell he’s going mad you know. He’s talking to himself now.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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BarbS

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#4 posted 05-07-2010 07:27 PM

Thanks for that simple method of aligning your chevron design on a paper grid. So obvious I was blind to it. I would have wasted a lot of wood doing that glue up and then cutting it up to use! Your design blog on this project is very useful, thanks.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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SPalm

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#5 posted 05-07-2010 08:20 PM

Sweet. I find watching you think and work just fascinating. Thanks.

I am amazed at the lack of teeth on your blade doing all that fine cutting. Looks like a 40 tooth blade? (or what ever that is in metric)

Love’n it,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 05-07-2010 08:21 PM

Just wait and see what happens in the next episode, Barbs.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#7 posted 05-07-2010 08:27 PM

I am, as ever, encouraged by the praise I receive from fellow LJ’s.

Steve. the blade is a 40 tooth. I’ve found that using a fresh(ish) sheet of MDF as a zero clearance device allows me to use this blade, instead of the 80 tooth I would normally use, for surprisingly clean cuts. Additionally its the only 1.7mm blade I have and for this project I have to keep the cut, and therefore the waste, to a minimum. Horses for courses really.

Martyn

Oh and if you’re that keen on imperial measures (ironic really for a former colony that parted on such bad terms, LOL) the projected size for the box is 1.5” x 1.5” x 1.4”.

ps I did get the LOL speak for ‘this is a joke right’, didn’t I? I seriously would not want to offend!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#8 posted 05-07-2010 08:49 PM

Looking good so far. Your table saw doesn’t look too advanced Martyn. All the more reason to be impressed with the precision you get out of with your well thought out gigs. It certainly is true that the best tool in the shop is the brain, or at least it should be. Eagerly awaiting the next installment. It’s always nice to learn something new.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Cozmo35

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#9 posted 05-07-2010 09:05 PM

“When we last saw our wood cutter,....” I gotta get me some popcorn! This is getting good! :-)

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 05-07-2010 09:08 PM

Don’t worry I’ll ‘pop’ in some ‘corn’ in the next post, Cozmo.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#11 posted 05-07-2010 09:18 PM

Stefang, you’re right. This is a fairly uncomplicated ‘site’ saw. Of the type used by carpenters on building sites. It was a gift and its just the best damn saw I’ve ever owned. Its got one of the best induction motors I’ve seen ( and believe me I go around the fairs and shows), its donkey’s years old. Its a flip saw. You can flip the whole bed over and it becomes a chop saw. Its an ELU TGS173 and I wouldn’t part with it for the world. My brother-in-law, who used to run a door fitting business, let it rot in his back yard for years. When he found out his sister was dating someone interested in wood he gave it to me. I nursed it back into health. Replaced parts. Bought it new blades. Built it a stand, etc. etc. Modern day love story really.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#12 posted 05-07-2010 10:09 PM

it realy does look great sofare
canĀ“t wait for the next blog

Dennis

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cutmantom

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#13 posted 05-08-2010 02:40 AM

that is a very nice crosscut jig, I have seen flip saws on the internet but they are not available to my knowledge in the US, I wish they were, it would be one tool to drag out instead of two

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BritBoxmaker

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#14 posted 05-08-2010 12:34 PM

Cutmantom. DeWalt bought out Elu a while back and rebadged this as th DW743, are DeWalt available in the US?

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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