Just a simple little box... #1: start up.

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-20-2016 01:23 AM 655 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Although the Stanley 45 is just about all cleaned and shiny, that box is just about a lost cause….way too many cracks, a repair used the wrong wood. Sooo, I went out and bought some 1/2” x 5-1/2” Poplar. about 5’ of it.

Laid out a few crosscuts. two to make the sides of a new box, and two for the ends. An older Sears Craftsman ” Special saw” was taken down from the hook, a little wax of the teeth, cuts were done. I clamped up the two matching parts, and ran a plane on the end grain, just to even them up….

Ok, laid out some other toys…er…TOOLS

Including that fancy marking knife. Pencil was to make the lines a bit easier for me to see, as there will be a LOT of them. That mortise chisel had another use to it…it laid out the spacing that was going on.

Along with the marking knife, I used a marking gauge to set how deep to cut….then dragged out another saw, and waxed it up…we had work to do..

Lots of lines to cut. Set up two side pieces at a time, do one end, then the other…

The chisel set the spacing, I just had to chop out the waste. Chisel and mallet..

But I was only chopping one end at a time. I used the knifed line to register the chisel, a few whacks with the mallet. Many of thos little chunks had a habit of flying up and out, right at me. Once the sides were chopped, I laid out which side met which end at which corner. I had a “V” across the “Top” of both the sides and ends, the vwent across both sides and both ends Then I marked which was the inside…

Used one end of a side to lay out the cuts, and waste on one matching end piece. Repeat all the cuts and chops, but, was only doing ONE end piece at a time. I can then work my way around, going corner to corner.

I soon had one corner ready for a test fit..

Got it to fit halfway decent, and called it a night. After I get the other corners done, plan is to cut a few grooves. need them for the top and bottom panels, and a pair of special grooves. There will also be a pair of very narrow dados. as there will be a storage area for bits. As to what I’ll be cutting all them grooves with?

Might have just the plane for that sort of thing…stay tuned, we be just starting out…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 04-20-2016 01:37 AM

Looks like a decent little project.

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#2 posted 04-20-2016 03:23 AM

Gotta like it….
That old timer is making it’s own home!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 04-20-2016 03:40 AM

Hand cut finger joints. You don’t hear about that very much. Nice job, Bandit. How long did that one corner take?

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 04-20-2016 04:00 AM

About 15-20 minutes, is about all it took. All I need now is to cut the fingers on the end pieces to complete the other three corners. When my hand feels a bit better, that is a lot of saw work…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 04-20-2016 05:14 PM

Nice hand tool project for a nice hand tool.

Those finger joints are a major undertaking, but they are turning out well. Looking forward to seeing the completed project.

-- Ed

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