Sprint to Finish #2: progress continues

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Blog entry by Chris Cook posted 09-15-2013 05:28 PM 1138 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to go with a technique I have been playing with where I miter every edge. I just made a new 45 degree sled for my saw and made a few test boxes that gave me some confidence in getting all the 45 degree corners right.

after cutting all the 45s for the sides, I taped things together to test the fit:

I then made the top 45 degree cuts in preparation for the lid cuts:

As everybody knows, when you do this: If you are off 1/2 degree on all your 45s, you get gaps. Man, I hate gaps and I did end up with a few. Small and manageable gaps.

Cutting this lid was a terrifying thing. Another case where errors are not rewarded. I used the ‘sneak-up’ technique to cut the 45s for the lid:

Another part of this project I have been conflicted with was how to do the hinges. I have had lots of luck with wooden hinges, but I just did not want this box to have big hinges. My wooden hinges are big.

I purchased some nice brass hinges and figured this would be EASY and save time.

I tested these on some scrap and discovered that these hinges would require an almost error-free install. I must admit that error-free is NOT a tool I have yet. I still work with a tool called ‘very forgiving’ It is my favorite.

These hinges are semi-new territory for me, so again I must learn while I try to proceed error free.

(continued in next blog entry)

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 10:04 PM

Looks good to me! MY tools are Plan, patience, practice and precision. All of them I profess to be an amateur at executing. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 01:01 AM

This is really lookin good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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