Beads Box #5: Hi, how have you been?!? It's been a while...

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 12-30-2010 04:12 AM 3898 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Mild Cutting, Doors part, Dadoes, and rabbets Part 5 of Beads Box series Part 6: Incra Style Box Joint Jig/Sled for the Table Saw (998SE) »

Yes it has been a while – and much of it… too much.

Since I’m in the zone these past couple of weeks, and a bit more in the woodshop mind set, and add to that the fact that I’ve been working with mahogany and had some leftover boards I was able to finally (yay – after some years) mill the last missing parts for this box.

I was able to cut the parts for the doors and cut the joinery for the reminder of the parts (internal parts and bottom on the external pieces)

I cut the joinery by hand unlike previous attempts to start with power tools (bandsaw) and compliment it with hand saw and chisels. I was surprised to find that it took me less time to cut the the dovetails on the door parts than it would have taken me to setup the bandsaw to do the tails. I think that from now on for case work, and for one-ofs I’d just go with handcut dovetails and will only setup machinery (probably router table) if I have a large number of drawers, its just seems easier that way.

I also cut the back of the case (previously glue up of 1/8” veneered mahogany that I sliced as a mean to test the woodslicer blade when I got it (woah… that was a long time ago), and the front of the doors and bottom drawer which is a 1/8” veneer cut off that was left over from resawing the box parts.

All glued up already, and need to clean it up next:

All in all, good progress in just 1 day, I may even finish this one this year! (cross my fingers)

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

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 04:29 AM

Well you’re off to a good start. Looks good. If you plan on finishing it this year…better hurry, not much time left!

Have a Happy New Year!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 05:46 AM

good start, it all depends on what this project is saying to ya. I think i’m gonna finnish something an then i want to add a bunch of stuff to it an then it drags out a little. Keep us posted an have a :) New Year! Thanks for the welcome back.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 06:36 AM

Looking great. Nice looking wood.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-30-2010 11:43 AM

That looks good.

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 11:49 AM

Wow, Sharon, you’re on a roll!!
Even if you don’t finish it this year, you have some great momentum going on to begin 2011 with…
Well Done, and Best Wishes for You and Yours in the coming year, my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 01:11 PM

Yes you are really on the go! Impressive.
Look forward to see this box, it looks unique.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 01:35 PM

Gotta love the “zone”... very creative.
happy new year, Sharon.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 02:17 PM

Hi Sharon;

Look like a fair amount of progress, already.

I agree with your conclusion on cutting the dovetails. Just cut ‘em and be done with it.

Nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 12-30-2010 03:22 PM

Thanks everyone. now back to work…

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

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