Well, had a heart monitor on for a few days ( taped the electrodes on, and they got ripped off…OW!) Did a short rust hunt. Couple of coping saws needed new blades…spent $2 on each saw. Already had the blades.
Stopped at the Green Borg ( Menards) and got a few pieces of hardware. new brass hinges, a new “Olde Brass” Latch, and a few bags of brass screws…..NOT phillips headed ones, either. I got the ones with the slotted, oval heads.
Anyway…..got back to chopping the finger joints. Laid the next two sides end to end, like they will be in the box. Marked across for the waste areas, this time. Hand is still crampy from the handsaw part of this, soooo, we do have a bandsaw sitting right beside the bench.
Same as the other day, I used the mortise chisel to pop the waste out…WARNING: Be sure to wear safety glasses! Them little chunks will fly straight back at you. Had quite a few bounce off of mine. Seemed that each corner I completed to night looked a bit better than the last one. Two corner s done, might as well keep trucking along…..
Finally got all four corners done!!!! Without a single miss-cut anywhere. Now that I had a square looking thing on my bench, I could measure for a bottom panel. Had some thin plywood….old chisel rack….tore it about to get the less than square panel out. Had to pull a few nails, too. Found two edges that were CLOSE to being square..meh. Marked a line, ran it through the bandsaw. Checked the cut…ok, clamp the panel in the vise, run a plane along that edge until it is straight. Then, worked my way around to the next side.
Got end and side square…marked out the size I needed to fit in the bottom of the box…repeat the above cut, check, plane, check. Set up the Wards #78 to cut a shallow rebate all the way around. Then checked for a fit…had to widen the rebate just a smidge…finally fits. Left it sitting there
Finally, I set up another plane. Later, I start cutting grooves. Have ones for the bottom to fit into, and an inside and an outside groove, so the lid will seperate from the box, but have a lip around the edges as a dust seal…..Got just the right size cutter installed…needed a few changes , though..
The short rods were too short, had to install the long rods. Needed the cam rest, as this thing may get a bit tippy. Slider section is about all the way in. I didn’t let the nickers down, don’t need them for with the grain cuts.
Lets see…..got four corners milled up (whew..) got the bottom panel milled for a groove. Got things set up for the 45 to do it’s thing….need to make a panel for the top of the lid…..then maybe a glue up or 10??? Stay tuned, starting to get a bit scary….
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