Cherry finger jointed box #5: It is out of the clamps!

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-26-2016 01:47 AM 604 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Bottom panel and other things Part 5 of Cherry finger jointed box series Part 6: 2 days of lid work »

And looking a bit..rough. About like me before that first Mountain Dew of the morning…

And each “face” looked like this. I clamped the box into the vise like this, and worked that side over..

A smooth plane to do most of the work…except around those pins

One of the very few “Low Angle” planes I have. Went at an angle to the pins, to bring them down level with the sides. Then a palm sander to round the corners a bit. Then back to the #60-1/2 for the top edges..

Set the box aside after all of that was done, time for that slab for the lid…

Hmmph, wasn’t really in the mood to plane all of that mess off….Ve Haft Vays…

Brand new 80 grit belt takes care of the worst of it, time for the hand plane

Got both faces close to done, will do the final after I get it fitted in the frame…..which I need to work on..

The idea here is to go each part flat, and to the same thickness throughout. Then stand it up on edge, and joint each edge….

Until they all looked like this. What I should also have done was to double check for length…..

OK day two of bumbling along..Found some scrap to place under the parts, while I go and chop out the finger joints..

Just a pine 1×4. Big old knot under there. Turned out I needed a skinnier chisel..

These fingers were a little smaller. Was moving right along, making good time

Got about this far, and was thinking about doing the other end piece…..was told the land line to the modem for both the internet, the land line phone and any wireless stuff was broken by a sofa that was sitting on the wire…..trip to the stores for a new line, and a longer CAT5 line. relocated the modem, hook everything back up…..everything works again! Sneak back to the shop to hide out…...troubles just snuck down the steps right behind me….

Went to check how the frame was fitting to the box, while I was setting the last part up….

Not only was the sides too long, that end piece was too. Re-marked some lines, re sawed the “new” lines

Which left me this. A few whacks of the chisel to remove the offending parts. I also re-checked the last piece….yep, too long as well. Cut it to length BEFORE the finger work…...then a test for fit again..

That should do, for now. As for that Cherry slab?

Yep, just my day. Need to plough a groove around the inside of the frame. Re-size the panel, again. Add a rebate around the edges of the panel. Might turn the panel into a Raised Panel? But…not today, I know when to call quitting time. Start again some other day, when my Irish Luck might be better…stay tuned, the cussing has just begun in earnest….

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

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#1 posted 08-26-2016 02:00 AM

I always enjoy seeing how you put these together. One day I hope to have both the time and space to start to try these in the future. Love the work with the hand tools.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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