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Ambrosia-birdseye maple #5: Lids and Miter Keys

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 11-21-2011 02:00 PM 1421 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Now I have a box Part 5 of Ambrosia-birdseye maple series Part 6: carving the inlay »


I use my table saw sled to square up the lid and cut it to size


Then it’s on to the jointer where I size the width of the lids. I like to make mine about 1/16 smaller at this point. Final sanding should bring it down the rest of the way. I try to end up with about 1/16 gap all the way around.

I have ripped scrap pine that just sit in the box and holds the lid in place. This will be need when I go to drill for lid pins. It also lets me see where the lid will sit. This time I felt like letting them sit a little proud of the box. I will blend them together when I shape and sand the box.

Then I move on to marking out for the miter keys

Here you see the box holder I built for my sled that holds my box while I cut the keys in.

Who has the key to this tower? I guess I will have to make them.

This is another box I am working on also, You can see the keys in place here.

Next step is to put in lid pins and keys. Stay tuned.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks



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JoeyG

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#1 posted 11-21-2011 02:28 PM

A quick tip, When milling curly or birdseye maple, We all know how it tends to blow out on you. I wax up my jointer and planer and then moisten the maple with a damp sponge. I don’t want to make the board wet, just soften the wood fibers. Doing it this way has saved me a lot of cussing. I haven’t had any issues with my equipment rusting since I am always sure to wax it up well, and wipe it off after words. I use Johnson’s paste wax on all my tools to prevent rust and so the material feeds in smoothly. I have never had a problem with the wax on the wood, since it is sanded several times after the initial milling steps.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 02:44 PM

Nice boxes!!! Is that Padauk? I love that species!!! Regarding figured maple, have you tried Glen Huey’s fat to thin milling method? I just built a chest out of curly maple with absolutely no tear out. Check him out!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 11-21-2011 02:54 PM

Thanks Matt, I will. I haven’t had any trouble since I began to dampen the fibers a little. But I always like to check out new techniques. It is Padauk. It’s one of my favorites as well. Thanks for checking out my blog, and stick around to see the end result.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#4 posted 11-21-2011 02:57 PM

Hey Matt, do you have a link for that?

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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