Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew #2: Entry Two: Adding some power tools to the mix, getting the first boards finished

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Blog entry by CharlesA posted 07-18-2014 08:25 PM 1617 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Entry One--Learning Woodworking Skills Part 2 of Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew series Part 3: Mortising the old fashioned way and a first panel glue-up »

He really adapted well to the shop. He shows respect, but not fear for the spinning blades. He’s now ripped and cross-cutted a number of boards.

After hand planing, using the thickness planer, and cutting the boards to size, we had the basic curly maple box pieces made

After introducing hand tools on maple, he became a big fan of cherry. We had a long board that was bowed. He got a big dose of the fore plane to flatten that bow. It actually worked!

Although he is doing the vast majority of the cuts, making rabbets, sanding, etc., I did res-aw a piece of these cherry board so we could have the 1/2 think pieces for the top and the thinner trim pieces. I found re-sawing a skill that i’ve mastered over time—he can tackle that one sometime later.

Tonight we glue up the top, and chisel out the mortises in the box for the inserted compartments inside the chest.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 07-18-2014 10:24 PM

This should be great fun and bonding time for the two of you , also getting another young kid into the hobby. It is too bad that they proably don’t have a woodshop in his High School , he could take these new skills back and show up the Teacher.

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 11:23 PM

Thanks, Richard.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 07-19-2014 02:26 AM

Great I hope he remains interested

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 07-19-2014 04:54 PM

A great experience for you nephew Charles. I never took shop in high school or had anyone teach me woodworking in their shop, but I wish someone had. I think your nephew is off to a great start, and getting the basics in early and properly will save him a lot of time and grief on his journey to competence if he chooses to continue with woodworking. I also commend you for taking the time and effort to show him the ropes. I think you are creating some fond family memories here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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