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The Impossible #3: MI-2

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« Part 2: Mission Impossible Part 3 of The Impossible series Part 4: One of these days (I'm going to cut you into little pieces) »

Hello back again. I really don’t like glue-ups with pieces that have angles other than 90°. Strange really considering I make boxes with mitred joints. No matter, first question. Who can spot something missing from this picture

This is how I found the workbench this morning. I could have sworn (and I do, a lot) that I had cut five 30mm pieces of Sycamore and theres only four there. In devon we have a special brand of pixie, called the f**kup pixie. They had obviously been in, overnight. No matter I cut another piece. Then did some thicknessing on these and the end pieces on the drum and guess what? Just for you, Steve

exactly the right thickness to 2 decimal places. Never mind the glue line will mess that up.

Made up a jig for the glue-up out of an old zero clearance jig and some dowels

and proceeded to glue up

and yes things still slid around. Next time I’ll do it properly. Finish all the pieces to the same dimensions (purpleheart included) and make a tunnel type jig so that the only possible movement is where I want it to be. Live and learn. Thats as far as I got. I’ve got awful stomach cramps and I need a lie down. Too much beer last night? Who knows, there are, as ever, bugs about.

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



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David Craig

2135 posts in 1742 days


#1 posted 1539 days ago

Maybe the only thing missing is the shitty stick for the f**kup pixie.

Hope you feel better soon Martyn. I know a number of LJs that would be happy to send you Seltzers or whatever else you might need to continue your post :)

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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patron

13020 posts in 1975 days


#2 posted 1539 days ago

did you count from the first end cut ?

it’s zero , not 1.

but pixies and beer are a good excuse ,

and swearing seems to be a universal language .

chill , it can’t hurt .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 1539 days ago

Thanks guys

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

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stefang

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#4 posted 1539 days ago

You are driving me mad with all these angles Martyn!! And just when I was thinking what a smart glue jig, you say it didn’t work so well. I am also left wondering what happened to those missing pieces. I guess the geometric pressure is getting to me. I hope your belly ache is not an allergic reaction to some of the wood you are using. Speedy recovery.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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SPalm

4791 posts in 2516 days


#5 posted 1539 days ago

I am humbled by your precision. I will take that stick to myself if I ever talk in class again.

I just came from the shop and have a tip for you. Don’t leave the dust collector on when you are changing blades on the table saw and happen to drop the arbor nut. It took me an hour to find it. Yuck.

(I hope your release agent works on the reference plate)

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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OttoH

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#6 posted 1539 days ago

Since you believe in this certain type of pixie, we could say you are pixilated with the old english definition of the word which is “One who is apt to play with pixies upon the lawn in the morning”

I look forward to seeing your progress on this project martyn.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1539 days ago

I new it I just new it
there is always some questions ,there is impossiple to answer
flying around from those proffessores
he give us a picture with five pieces in and said there is unly four
I new it I just new it from the moment I joined the course

Dennis

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blockhead

1451 posts in 1942 days


#8 posted 1539 days ago

Well professor, this is certainly the most interesting and enjoyable class I have taken. Enjoyable so long as I stay away from the stick, that is.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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degoose

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#9 posted 1539 days ago

Hit me Hit me Hit me with your rhythm stick.. Hit me slowly hit me quick…
I am surely watching your every move..
Lary

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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littlecope

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#10 posted 1539 days ago

Making the impossible possible… all in a day’s work for our stalwart Professor!!
Hope you get to feeling better, Martyn…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 1539 days ago

Hi guys. After an afternoon of it Sue took me to the local hospital. Painkillers administered, tests done, thought to be renal Cholic. Closest a man can come to experiencing birth pains according to the doc. All quiet now. Should be gone in a day or two.

Back to the important stuff, tomorrow. Its late here and I should get some sleep, tonight..

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

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SPalm

4791 posts in 2516 days


#12 posted 1539 days ago

Yikes! Take care of you. Tell Sue I that I want her to take charge.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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patron

13020 posts in 1975 days


#13 posted 1539 days ago

do you think that has anything to do ,
with shaving your legs .
any favorite names yet ( LOL) ? .

seriously , get well . we don’t know very much yet ,
another day won’t hurt .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7592 posts in 1554 days


#14 posted 1539 days ago

Hope you are feeling better soon. Take care of yourself and get better soon.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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pommy

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#15 posted 1539 days ago

Martyn you been to the VETS again you know you dont have Hospitals in the west country LOL….....

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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