Cherry finger jointed box #2: A little bit more done...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-21-2016 04:15 AM 310 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: the start up Part 2 of Cherry finger jointed box series Part 3: Stanley got his groove back »

Before the storms came through. Shop is closed down, due to a creek running across the floor. Floor drain working good, just was a LOT of rain outside. Had to stop for supper, anyway. Sooo, what all DID I get done?

Well, I hauled the Stanley #45 down the stairs,and even brought along that new bottle of glue. Marked out for more finger joints, as I had two more corners to do. Hands were sore from all the handsaw work, so I used the bandsaw instead..

Then clamp it to the bench, and chop out the waste. Must be getting better with either the marking out, or the saw work, as the joints for #3 and #4 corners came out a lot tighter..

Didn’t take all that long to do the last two corners. A dry fit, with clamps, ...

Just to see what needs adjusted. Set this mess aside, and cleared the bench off ( been awhile…)and even took a plane to the top. Have a few high spots to level out. Laid out two pipe clamps, an “F” style clamp, the glue bottle, and two boards..

Most of this will be for the top’s panel. Set this aside til tomorrow ( if the shop dries out) and got that “other” box out..

Opened it up..

Dug out the parts I needed. Needed to set up this plane to make a few grooves. First, I had to rotate the spurs up out of the way. Add the two short rods, and a 1/4” cutter..

All this fussing around, and I still set the cutter too dang deep.. Added the sliding section..

Not sure IF I really needed it, but I used it anyway. Set it to the same width as the cutter. Then added the fence

Trying to keep the fence from moving might be a PITA. Thumbscrews need to be cranked down. Set up a Poplar test track to finish setting the plane up. Box’s sides are 1/2” thick ( maybe) and I don’t want any mstakes here. Don’t have any replacement stock. Test drive took a few tries, due to a too-deep cutter, and a fence that wanted to move, got both fixed..

Might need to back off the cutter a hair more…fence stayed put, finally. Plane is set. soooo, how will I hold a thin board still long enough to cut a groove in it? Build a jig?

Just three pieces of scrap wood. A few screws. I can now slide each side into this jig, and a wedge at the other end to clamp the board in place, at least until the groove is done. I used a cut-off from on of the ends to set the jig up..

The “wedge” may just be a scrap of wood, a screw through one end to attach it to the bench. I can swing the other end over onto the board to wedge it in place. Lite cuts with the plane, should work.

Tornado warnings were out all over the place, most of the storm went either north or south of here. Campbell Hill( the highest point in Ohio) has a way of causing storms to split up and go around us. They think one funnel went south of here. Not much around my part of town….well, maybe tomorrow, IF the shop dries out, I can get a bit more done? Stay tuned..

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

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 11:03 AM

Wet and miserable up here too. Was planning to pick up some nice white pine that was fresh cut a but 3 weeks ago to make some boxes, but the rain has kept me mostly in doors. I hope we see cherry grooves soon.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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