Christmas Boxes #1: Plans and Cutting

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 11-26-2010 01:57 AM 1079 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey all. This year I’m building a small jewellery box for our friend’s little girls and my brother’s little girl.

DW drafted up a set of plans and gave them to me.

The plans call for the box to be made out of ½ wood. I had this piece of 2×12 spruce in the garage that was relatively clear of knots.

Before I took it to the band saw to rip it into two ¾ inch boards I cut the board in half on the table saw to make it more manageable.

I then ripped the board on the BS. This was the first time that I had ever used the ripping blade for any large piece of board. It was much easier than anticipated. I made sure that I had a support for the board so it would not sag or bind the blade after it was cut. And I used a sacrificial piece of board to push it the last few inches. I am super careful around the BS after it bit me earlier this year.

I then used the planer to take the BS marks out of the boards and get them to a uniform 1/2 thickness.

I then cut all the pieces to width using the Mitre Saw.

And did the final cutting using the table saw

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 02:28 AM

from idea to creation.
I find it very interesting to look at the pictures, comparing the one big board to the piles of pieces in the last photo. And then when you are finished, we will have the final comparison .. from 1 board to 1 jewelry box. Amazing transformation.

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 02:29 AM

oh.. and great plans by the way

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 02:06 PM

Thanks MsD. Its actually going to be 3 boxes . . . rough dimension 7h x 5w x 5d.

Yea I agree about the plans. Good plans actually make the job much easier.

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