Taking 35 year old crib and turning it into a toy box #2: Design, milling, and corners (and WAY over budget)

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Blog entry by JPKnapp posted 07-27-2009 04:42 PM 1617 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow, this is an expensive hobby. I mulled around a bunch of different design ideas and every time, it would require a new tool or skill. I’ve settled on a frame-like box, so I can put the spindles inside the frame part. I am going to build 3 frames with 1/4 maple backing so I can put the spindles on. Back will be solid maple. The corners are going to be mitre. I am going to use biscuits on the mitre edges, top, and back. Do people really think that is “cheating” on wood working? I am new, and dont have the ability or cash yet to do other things.

Mitre corners

I milled the maple down to 5/8. Side Note: I attempted to replace my planer blades on 15 year old Delta from craigslist. I sliced my finger, stripped a nut (so impossible to change), and after 3 hours pulled out the credit card and went to Home Depot. 13” Ridgid 3 blade sitting in the shop now. Big difference, but wish I didnt have to do it.

The pictures are my first attempt at mitre corners. I did a test run that went well, but of course the real thing isnt that easy. The 4 new bessey’s are coming in handy. I may have to re-cut a single new corner. Its a bit out of square. I am hoping I can just joint it to square it up. Any other suggestions?

Corner glue up

-- I specialize in expensive mistakes.

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 05:49 PM

My advice would be to ignore anyone who tries to tell you that your working methods are considered ‘cheating’. When considering methods and techniques focus on the structural strength requirements and aesthetic of the wood (ie. color/grain matching, etc.). Let the ‘woodworking police’ impose their rules on someone else.

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