Another simple little box? #1: A start up, and some finger joints

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 05-01-2016 03:26 AM 552 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Again. Well, a trip to Lowes produced a couple of boards….3/8 by 5-1/2 wide. One was 2’ long, the other was 3’. Laid out the two planes that will go into the box. Needed a length and a width..But, before too much got done, decided to clear the deck, and clean it up a bit….

Seems it has been abused lately..

Anyway, once I got a length, I could grab a crosscut saw and saw to a line..

Just barely leaving the line..

Hey, the original “Cordless Saw”!! I got four pieces cut, the old Craftsman saw even cut fairly straight,,

That I didn’t need too much of this type of work. Soon had all ready to go…

Hmmm, looks a might on the tall side? Ok, grabbed a few other tools..

And lay out some marks to make finger joints, again…..still thinking about how tall those boards looked, but I used the mortise chisel to get the spacing, the marking gauge to cut a line around, and the square to carry the lines around with a pencil..

Something like this. Went back, and re-figure a bit, decided I could lower the sides quite a bit, and still have room inside, made a mark

As I wanted the rip cuts to land either at a finger, or a gap….Marking gauge to cut a line on all four sides, just to keep things even. Bandsaw to make the rip cut, handplane to clean up the cuts. Stuck the two side back together, inside face to inside face, and made a few saw cuts..
Once the lines were sawn, time to use the same chisel that had laid the spacing out. clamped to the bench

Those little chunks that fly out of there hurt, even found a few inside my shirt. I later on, put a piece of scrap under the boards to be chopped..
Ok, got the sides done on one end, stuck one end against the end piece. Marke both as to “top”, and since it wasthe first corner matched up, a ” #1” was marked on each at that corner. With the ends butted against each other, I could transfer the lines to the new piece, saw, and chop out the waste, and hope they fit..

Sooo, after a short break (Mountain Dew time) I went and cut the other three corners, and was able to get a decent enough test fit..

Not too bad….clamps and glue will help a lot. AFTER a few grooves and rebates are milled. I laid the two planes in their spots, to see how things would look..

Swept the floor of all those little flying chips. Swatted a spider who was “rapelling” down to about my nose level, and called it a night.

Need some rebates milled for the bottom, and the top. Still undecided about how to “split off” the top. Maybe a few extra pieces inside to store the 78’s fence and other parts. Maybe later, so stay tuned.

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

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#1 posted 05-01-2016 03:56 PM

Hmm, have another plane that should go with those two. A wood bodied Shoulder plane. Thinking something like a fitted cavity in the lid? maybe add a couple keepers that turn out of the way to allow it to be used?

Not sure IF I will add a lip to the lid, may just glue the sides up, and bandsaw the lid off. Rebates to hold the bottom, and set the insert into the lid.

Still in the plan stages…..plan? Plan? There is a PLAN???

Stay tuned, this might get very interesting….

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

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