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The Joiner and the Cabinetmaker #2: The Packing Box Part 2

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 10-07-2011 12:33 AM 5241 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Packing Box - A Preamble Ramble Part 2 of The Joiner and the Cabinetmaker series Part 3: Delay on the packing box »

Well, my intent to start with the packing box project still holds. As of today, I have gotten all the supplies needed to build the box. All that’s left is to put together the new Workmate (still haven’t built a shop, so I’m not about to build a bench just yet), buy some wood, and get to work.

Of course, on this one, I’m going to use a little power. Why? Because I don’t plan on doing a lot of sawing without it. The truth is, I love saws but hate most sawing. The exception is cutting joinery and that’s about it. As the packing box doesn’t really have any, I don’t see the point in not using power.

Oh, I have no doubt that at some point I’ll probably do more hand sawing. However, it’s not going to be now and I’m really OK with that. When it’s time, I may revisit this project as a neat, quick project that will focus a bit more on sawing than anything.

My plan is to get started at some point this weekend. As I’m currently a government contractor, I get Monday off so I have plenty of time to put the Workmate together, get the wood, and get it built. After all, Thomas only had five hours. I’ve got three days.

The real challenge is going to be finding 1/2” thick wood to use at a BORG. I’m not real confident in planing down to thickness. Still, if I’ve gotta, I’ve gotta. I need to learn it sometime I guess.

Of course, thickness planing on a Workmate might get kind of interesting ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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clieb91

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 03:44 AM

Good Luck with it Tomcat, look forward to seeing it on Monday. Here ya about the sawing.. I am willing to bet that if Thomas had a power saw at his disposal he more then likely would have used it as well.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 06:50 AM

The Albany Lowe’s has 1/2” plywood, MDF, poplar and red oak in varying width and length.

The Home Depot has some maple in 1x (3/4” actual) and some really sweet select pine in 1x (3/4” actual). Does it have to be in half inch ?

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Tomcat1066

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 10:46 AM

Chris: I’m thinking the same things. I don’t know a lot of people who like ripping with a hand saw.

David: That’s what the plans call for. And, since I have 4d nails that are supposed to be clenched, it would help. Or course, I think both Lowe’s and Home Depot have some thinner stuff that wouldn’t require thickness planing in the least. If I’m remembering right, that’s the stuff for me to get. If not, then I need to remember why I was hallucinating :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 12:16 PM

just take out the scrubplane :-)
before you have planed out the cup in the 3/4wood I gess you are pretty close to a ½ inch :-)
looking forward to see pictures of planning on that workmate ….. lol

Dennis

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Tomcat1066

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 12:32 PM

No scrub plane specifically, but I’ve got a Jack plane that will do the job quite nicely :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 03:55 PM

Sounds good!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 10-07-2011 08:21 PM

I enjoy ripping with a handsaw…until I am looking at a slab of thick hardwood that is 8’+ (I like building big tables), then I wish I owned a bandsaw…or at least air-conditioning for my shop.

The Jack with a slightly cambered iron will do fine. As far as thicknessing is concerned, if you go to the BORG look for some hemlock that is clear enough you can get your peices without knots…you hit one on the workmate, it’s going over. For the box, the face sides are not very important. Get the edges right and the thing will come together fine.

Are you going to use cut nails?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Tomcat1066

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 09:24 PM

RG: Yep. I’ve got those already in my last order from Lee Valley. Might have paid more for them that way, but as I was already getting a bunch of stuff, I figured “what the heck”.

As for wood, I saw some pine at Lowe’s that was pretty clear. Haven’t seen any hemlock though. Worst comes to worst, I’ll snag some poplar. It tends to be pretty clear, at least what we get here.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 10-08-2011 02:28 AM

All three of those will work fine.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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