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Maple and Cherry Box #3: Box Side Contruction Debacle

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Blog entry by Cheapguy82 posted 01-02-2017 07:10 PM 471 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So. The sides to this box seemed like they were going to go as smoothly as did my top. I’d just slap them together, line up the stripes, sneak up on the angles and glue everything together and it would be perfect. Silly rabbit…

I took each of my side pieces (that I had cut intentionally a bit long ‘just in case’) and made a cut (or two cuts) to insert the matching pieces of cherry wood so that I could complete the laminations and have them done. I glued everything up and did not have everything exactly aligned and/or properly clamped down because I ended up with pieces being a little off. I didn’t really think that this was going to be a big deal, though, because it was all going to go through the planer anyways and would be taken care of, right? Wrong.

When I took the four sides through the planer, I either went too quickly or didn’t have things properly glued or clamped because the weakest points of the wood – the cherry, inserted across the grain of the maple – exploded…which was nice.

...so I got to glue everything back together and try this again.

After letting the three pieces set up, I VERY CAREFULLY, SLOWLY, and PATIENTLY ran them through the planer. This time, I had much better results. Well – ‘better’ results, anyways. Only one of the sides came apart. I think that it was a gluing issue this time, because the joint just came look, rather than anything actually breaking. In any event, I got to do this again, too.

What a debacle.

Once this last piece sets up, it is close enough to where I won’t have to plane it, so it SHOULD go pretty smoothly. We’ll just have to wait and see…

If all goes well, I’ll be able to sand and miter corners either tonight or tomorrow. In any event, I’ll update this blog. So there will either be some laughs or something that looks pretty neat at the end. Which one? Who knows?

-- Stephen - Georgia



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