Tool thoughts #31: Happy Birthday - the report

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Blog entry by NedB posted 08-15-2012 10:00 AM 1660 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Morning all, Well yesterday was my birthday, and my loving wife and kids gave me two tools, plus some clothes. Since I doubt you LJ’s would care about the clothes, here are the new tools:

Just an 18v Jigsaw (with laser sight) and a countersink/driver bit set. Not earth shattering, but they’ll be well used out in the shop. I have a relatively complete kit of Ryobi One+ tools, so I’m well stocked with two chargers and several batteries already. Now I just need something to build with the jigsaw.

I got several hours in the shop yesterday, re-introducing myself to the workflow out there. I decided to build several boxes from some short boards I had stacked up. I dusted off my dado stack, cut a groove for a plywood bottom, and have three boxes halfway done, plus one more that I need to cut the sides to length:

I did things the ‘hard way’, need to go read up on the EZ-Mitre method of building a box. As these were existing boards, already jointed and planed to thickness, I wasn’t going to get a full grain wrap, but I’m pretty pleased with the two sided wrap on one of the boxes:

They’re all small boxes, 3” x 4” on up to 4”x5” or so, the woods used were maple, oak (which I normally don’t work with, though these boards are handsome…) and one ‘dunno wood’ from a long ago salvaged pallet. I’m going to go grab some breakfast, then head out to the shop and putter some more. Hopefully by lunchtime, I’ll have some progress shots to share.

For now, however, I’m going to pretend I’m from New England and have Cake for breakfast (devil’s food in case you were wondering…)

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 02:54 PM

A little practice never hurts.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 03:07 PM

One can never have to many boxes !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 03:28 PM

Brian, especially when one has been away from the tools for well over a year and a half… starting with small projects is a great refresher!

DaddyZ, depending on how these turn out, I have several friends who will be getting gifts once the boxes are completed… either that, or I’ll have some precision scrap to deal with.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 03:32 PM

Happy belated birthday! To strengthen the miter joints, you could add some splines if needed.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 03:37 PM

Doug,Thanks for the Birthday wish… It was a nice easy day, much better than most of the rest of this calendar year has been.
as for the splines, that is in the works, I’m going to build a jig for that today in fact! I like the contrasting spline look, and I’ll be building more boxes, so time to get Jiggy with it!

Just in from the shop for a moment (forgot the jigsaw)...

while I was out in the shop, I looked up on my sheet goods rack (overhead for long term storage) and found a decent sized chunk of old growth 3/4” MDF. Going to use that for my spline jig ‘wings’, figure that the vertical piece will take more wear than the box holding parts, so that will be plywood (which I also have, but in limited supply).

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 06:10 PM

Quick correction… the old growth MDF split out when I started assembully, so I used 3/4 Borg Ply for the whole thing (less the brace across the front)... project posted.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 07:31 PM

”old growth MDF” LOL… I didn’t know such a thing existed!

With MDF, I think everything should be Pre-drilled, etc.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 08-17-2012 01:29 AM

Joe, that’s a running gag over on familywoodworking… anyone who uses MDF ‘has’ to spring for the ‘old growth’ variety or the cat-calls ensue.

I wound up using the borg ply instead. I still haven’t put the jig into use, though I may later this weekend.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#9 posted 08-17-2012 12:48 PM

Happy birthday, Ned! Enjoy your new tools.

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#10 posted 08-17-2012 12:54 PM

Happy birthday. sometimes you just have to build with whats at hand – wrapping grain or not.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 08-17-2012 03:48 PM

Oh, Ned, I forgot…

H a p p y
B i r t h d a y !

... your Old Growth MDF threw me… LOL…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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