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Blog entry by William posted 1401 days ago 837 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fellow lumberjocker wants me to cut a grill for a phonograph. I need to send him photos of the finished cut for his final approval before shipping it back to him. Since my email server doesn’t seem to want me to send photos through it tonight, I decided to post it here for him to see. He sent me the pattern of what he wanted. I just want him to look it over and let me know if it’s satisfactory before I go through the trouble of mailing it.

It is cut out of 1/4” plywood that he shipped to me. The only thing I don’t like about this is that, as with most plywood except for baltic birch, there are a few voids. With those voids on a delicate piece like this, it is impossible to avoid them. Now he sent me three pieces with them numbered in order of which pieces were his 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice. This is out of his 1st choice piece. The worst void in it is along the very thin strip running down the right side. It is bad enough that only the front and back veneer is still there in about a 1/4” section. I hope he can live with this because upon close examination of the other two pieces, this is still going to be the best candidate. That I think is just one point of the double edged sword we call plywood.

Now here is my biggest concern. I laid the pattern out as I understood it. I had it completely cut before I realized the cutouts run into the dados he had put on the back. A close look at the second photo here will show you what I mean. Since I have idea how this is going to be incorporated into the phonograph, I don’t know if this is going to be a problem or not. He needs to think about that and if it is going to be a problem, I will just have to change the pattern at the top and bottom to put the cutouts out of the area of the dados. If this isn’t clear, please let me know and I will call you and explain it better if possible.
So, fellow lumberjock that ordered the phonograph grill, what do you think?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/



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SawdustJunky

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#1 posted 1400 days ago

I’m not too concerned about the void, I had anticipated that as a possiblity. When I laid the template on the board it appeared the top cutouts would hit along the dado line. Guess I need to check that measurement again. My thought is, shorten the overall cutout areas from top to bottom from 8” to 7”. That should bring it well with the the dado at top and bottom. I don’t recall if I dado the 2nd and 3rd board but here again is not an issue, I can do that when I get it back. My point is the overall size of the grill should still remain 14 7/8” x 9 9/16” so the cutout can be adjusted as needed. Thanks for the heads up.

Oh by the way, that big sling shot thing you built, is that for bird hunting? Ha! Great job.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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William

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#2 posted 1400 days ago

I’ll recut today to get it out of the dado area and repost new photos on here later today. So, be looking for them. I’ll send you a PM when they’re up.
You are happy with the actual cutout though?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#3 posted 1400 days ago



I recut it. Now the cutout pieces are in between the dados, as you can see in the second photo.
I am happy I had to recut it. As it turned out, this piece does not have nearly as bad voids as the first piece. I believe over time it will hold up better. If you are happy with it, I can ship it out late today or first thing in the morning.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 1400 days ago

update, missed this earlier…..Yes happy with the cutouts, great job.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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