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Blog series by DoctorDan updated 1346 days ago 6 parts 10026 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: The Design Brief

1576 days ago by DoctorDan | 5 comments »

I wanted to make my two young nieces (under 5) a present for Christmas. Their mother suggested a blanket/toy box with the following specifications. Size 800mm wide, 400 deep, and 500 high. No sharp corners. A slow close mechanism for fingers. And it should be able to be used as a seat. More pictures.

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Part 2: Timber Purchase, Prep & Glueup

1377 days ago by DoctorDan | 2 comments »

For Christmas this year I’m making 2 Blanket Boxes (Toy Chests for the kids) and a Wax Melter. The materials (radiata pine) and construction (dovetailed solid timber) is fairly similar so I’ve working on them together. Step 1 – Purchasing the Timber I purchased the timber (with an extra few boards) from Bunnings. Fortunately they must have had new stock in and the boards I selected were actually close to flat and without major defects or many knots. Step 2 ̵...

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Part 3: Flattening the Sides

1371 days ago by DoctorDan | 2 comments »

Flattening the SidesThe timber in this project was purchased as ‘dressed-all-round’ (or DAR). This is meant to mean that each edge side is flat, parallel to the opposing side and square to the edge. For several reasons this is never the case. The timber is processed probably years ago in a production line in a climate different to my own. The changes to moisture content as it dries further allows wood to do it’s think and warp, cup and twist. Crosscutting the timber into sma...

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Part 4: Dovetail Dry Fit

1358 days ago by DoctorDan | 2 comments »

For a while I didn’t think the toy chests would be made in time, but after two busy days in the shop, it looks like the kids will have toy chest come Christmas. The dovetails dry fitted together and look good. I was very pleased that the first few slide together without fine tuning, but was disappointed by some that needed a bit more work. The apprentice didn’t seem to notice though. More info and photos on my blog.

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Part 5: Base Mouldings

1348 days ago by DoctorDan | 2 comments »

Base moulding completed with a combination of hand and power tools. Particularly proud of my dovetails and hand planed round over. Certainly learnt a few lessons in other areas though largely related to time and planning in the mitres, glue-up and curve cutting. The whole process is blogged in detail at the love of wood. Part 1Part 2

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Part 6: The Lids

1346 days ago by DoctorDan | 1 comment »

The solid pine lids for the two boxes is complete and ready for finishing. Two boards were matched for grain and rub glued together with titebond III. The pieces then cut to size with the circ saw and guide. The edges were than rabbetted first using the LN rabbet block plane and a offcut as a guide and then the LV plow plane. (The reason for this was the plow plane which lacks a knicker caused significant tear out when used across the grain, the plow plane was used to finished due to a fa...

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