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A journey into the workshop. #77: The band saw - lidded log box of doom...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 11-24-2010 06:20 PM 869 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have this very large crotchy section of what I believe is camphor, that came from a tree that was downed during hurricane Ike in 2008, that was in front of the office building my wife worked in when we first met / dated… We lunched under that tree many times…

So I decided to make a simple band saw box out of it. Not your normal curvy drawer job, but rather a lidded box, natural with the bark etc… My method was to slice it crosswise so there is a lid, a bottom, and a middle. The middle would have material hogged out by forstner bit (not a bad idea, but big bits tend to bog down if you run them too fast!), chisel (makes for very nasty, and mundane work, then finally spindle sander (even with DC running, DUST PLUMES!

So I got to the spindle sander part last night, strapped on the respirator, turned on the DC, and just got after it… I am not sure if I need coarser sleeves, or what, but it seemed like I had to keep stopping to clean the sleeve… Yeah I was hogging off a LOT of material, and my walls aren’t exactly uniform thickness, yet…

Next I looked at the base piece, and noticed that the heartwood, in certain spaces has sizeable fractures. I noted this when trying to turn some of this stuff before. So I mixed up some 2 part epoxy, and filled the cracks with the epoxy.

I figure I need to hog more material out of the the thick wall of the box, but I do not have enough to want to get after it too aggressively, I may chose to nibble away material with a mid size chisel, and just keep after it until I am “just so…” then get back to the spindle sander. At that point, I need to clean up some glue drips from around the hinge pin (3/8” oak dowel pin) so that the lid will sit flush. I am planning on doing that spray in felt flocking stuff on the interior of the box, and then spray lacquer on the exterior…

For those that are interested, the top of the lid, is being left “chainsaw rough” except for cleaning up some splinters etc… I am aiming for an outdoorsy, rustic feel to this box. If this one turns out well, I have a smaller hunk of walnut I want to make a similar box out of. One (the Camphor) is slated to go to LOML, and the other (walnut) is to go to my Mom for Christmas…

I really should have had these things done months ago. I have so much to get done, and so little time…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Cozmo35

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 09:02 PM

“I have so much to get done, and so little timeā€¦” You’re like many other of us here. We are all chasing our tails! Good Luck!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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dbhost

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 09:11 PM

It’s self induced agony, but well worth it…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 11-25-2010 04:16 AM

Hmmmmm…....have to see pictures.

Short but busy work week, tomorrow is mostly used up, Sherie’s birthday this weekend…......29 as usual…..(-:

See if I can sneek in a little shop time. Actually did some yesterday.

So working on the pie crust thing, gotta get it perfect….....don’t want any sign of the woodworker in that!

The turkey is thawed, won’t start the dressing till tomorrow just before it goes in the turkey…....that is a bacterial count thing. Never had any problems, and I kinda precook the dressing and stuff it in the turkey hot.

Thought I might get into the shop today, but just got down there and did a little planning, important though. A busy and somewhat stressful day at work. but a couple of days this weekend should be available. Alas, we will see. I am slowly getting ready to go on a buying binge for the shop, but won’t be there for another month, not including the links I will give to Sherie for Christmas…...(-:............

This sounds like an interesting project. Rustic stuff is sometimes very hard to do well. But I bet you are up to it.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#4 posted 11-25-2010 10:50 PM

I need to run by Woodcraft some time this weekend… I need some spray Lacquer, and some of that spray on flocking stuff…. The box is glued up, and ready for finishing… Then pics will be forthcoming…

I am hoping the seam where the bottom meets the hollowed out section isn’t too noticeable, but you never know…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 11-25-2010 11:53 PM

Looking forward to seeing it. I am interested in making small items, and boxes are an obvious lure. So I am waiting….....

I posted my latest project…...........the pie crust….........(-:

http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/19559

........like all first projects of a genre, left something to be desired, but only the appearance. I snuck a little piece and it is flaky and tastes good. Hate store bought pies and pie crust. I am going to make a crusade with the pie crust thing. Got to get this extended family into making scratch built pies.

That post is about being thankful…..think you will like it….....

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…........

Your buddy,

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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