Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew #3: Mortising the old fashioned way and a first panel glue-up

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Blog entry by CharlesA posted 07-19-2014 06:43 PM 1513 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Entry Two: Adding some power tools to the mix, getting the first boards finished Part 3 of Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew series Part 4: Learning some more new skills, completing the main box »

We’ve continue on in the project.

After crosscutting his first board by hand—getting him comfortable with hand sawing—He did a some rough crosscuts on the miter saw and some finer ones with the crosscut sled on the table saw. Here is his first cut on the miter saw. His commitment to doing the cuts safely is really comforting.

The box has a small divided shelf held in place by mortises in the box. We’re doing them the old-fashioned way so he can learn to use chisels well. The first couple were a little rough, the second two came out really well.

We proceeded to his first panel glue up for the top. Just two pieces, so not too complicated. I think he thought my caul apparatus was a bit much, but the panel came out almost really nice. It will make a very handsome top to the project.

Now we need to glue up the top and mill the top trim, bottom trim, corner trip, and the shelf parts. Hopefully we’ll have that all ready to go so we can begin finishing my Monday night.

-- "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 07-19-2014 08:02 PM

Paying it Forward, in true LumberJock form, passing along Craftsmanship and knowledge your nephew will draw upon for a lifetime.
Safety and an understanding of which tool, hand or power, is the ‘right tool for the task’.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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