Machinist Toolbox #6: Wet Fit

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 12-19-2010 12:36 AM 4380 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday as planned I was able to trim the back panel, and fit the horizontal dividers and top panel so that it all fits together:

Knowing the there are a lot of glue surfaces I didn’t want to take the chance of screwing it up (since I wanted to eliminate all metal fasteners …lol) so I did the glue up in stages. First was glueing up the drawer dividers to one another. I used the side of the box and the 2 rails to keep things aligned and in position while I only glued the dividers to one another (horizontal and vertical) while the rest was dry placed so to speak:

Once those dried, I went ahead and glued the box parts including the sides, bottom, back, top, and rails. I also added one clamp at an angle to pull the box to straight as I noticed it was tilted slightly:

And I called it a night.

Today I was going to open up the lid and install the hinges. I realized that I cut the dovetails for the top tails incorrectly and not leaving enough material for the blade thickness to separate the lid from the box as I had planned. luckily I got a thin kerf blade from a fellow woodworker that just barely fit in between the tails (I wanted to have at least a full tail and 2 half pins on the lid to keep it together). Since I did not have enough material as I wanted, I did end up adding some braces to the 4 corners of the top compartment and the lid:

Those Rockler corner braces came in real useful here.

The hinges I use are SOSS type hinges and installation is real simple. Using a 1/2” forstner bit I drilled 2 overlapping holes for the hinge body, and 2 more holes on the edges for the screw mounts and it fits real snug and holds real well. I really like these hinges:

All in all, there are things to improve and to learn for the future, but I really like how this is coming along:

Only thing left to do is the drawers and later on the front panel to lock the drawers in place. Both of these may have to wait though as my available shop time has come to it’s end. I’ll try to sneak in an hour here and there to at least get the drawers done so that this can be functional.

Thanks for reading,

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 12:42 AM

It is looking great.
You are getting it together.
thanks for sharing

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 12:57 AM

Very njce so far.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 01:02 AM

Hey Sharon,
Nice recovery. And the hinges look great.
This is really looking nice. I mean really nice. I want one.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 01:06 AM

Its looking good Sharon. The third pic is my favorite, is that 10 clamps on the box?

Always wondered if the SOSS hinges were difficult to install, now I know.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 02:08 AM

Sharon: The box is coming along great. It’s starting to look like a box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 04:07 AM

It’s looking real good, Sharon!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 12-19-2010 04:22 AM

Good looking box. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 12-19-2010 07:46 AM

Thanks Jamie, Dale, Steve, Tim, Karson Lee and Tom :)

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

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#9 posted 12-19-2010 01:17 PM

Most impressive, Sharon. That is coming along nicely.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 12-19-2010 03:08 PM

Wow Sharon..that is looking sharp. Great work….that is going to be one nice tool case.


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#11 posted 12-19-2010 03:33 PM

Sharon, this tool box is beautiful and your craftsmanship really stands out on it. It’s really coming along and my hat is off to you. It’s also very well presented and I appreciate your posting of this whole tool box section to your blog. I’m making it a favorite because one of these days I’m going to build a nice tool box like this and I will refer to this when I do.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 12-19-2010 06:44 PM

Coming right along! Nice job, too bad you are running out of shop time as you say.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#13 posted 12-19-2010 06:52 PM

It’s going to be a beautiful box.

I like your approach to the glue-up: thoughtful, systematic, and logical.

Good luck on the home stretch :-)

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 12-19-2010 06:53 PM

Good job Sharon! I like the way you go about problem solving. The tool box is going to be great!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#15 posted 12-19-2010 08:38 PM

The box is coming together nicely. Thanks for sharing your process with us all.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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