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Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew #4: Learning some more new skills, completing the main box

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Blog entry by CharlesA posted 07-21-2014 12:40 PM 1044 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Mortising the old fashioned way and a first panel glue-up Part 4 of Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew series Part 5: Triumphal Finish, A Long Entry »

I haven’t been taking as many pictures the last bit, but we’ve made a lot of progress. We we neared the completion of the main box, we needed to make some bevels on the bottom trim. Rather than resort to the router, we went for the more hand finished look, making the bevels with a plane.

They came out really well, and after assembly, he also beveled the corners as you’ll see below. It all turned out very nice.

Next came the glue up of the bottom trim pieces and the installation of the bottom. We threw on a rack of ribs to smoke in the midst of this. We pulled them off the smoker right after we got everything clamped up. The timing was perfect!

After dinner, we went back to it, cleaning up all the joints with sandpaper, chisel, and plane until they were just about perfect. The result of a good day of work:

I’m writing this on Monday morning, so today we finish the top, make and install corner trim, make and install side cleats, and then start finishing (?).

-- "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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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 02:11 PM

Coming together quite nicely.
...I can almost hear the smile on your nephew’s face as the realization of his new skills have emerged.

Good for you, Uncle. ;-)
Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- 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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ejvc

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 07:11 PM

Lucky him to have someone experienced teach him. I’m trying to teach my daughter but don’t know what I’m doing! Oh well!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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