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Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #11: Case for a digital oven thermometer

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 12-27-2009 10:51 PM 923 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My digital oven thermometer, with remote, needed a case. I decided to make it from wood. Since the now infamous thermometer had been the subject of some humerous bantering between NBeener and I, Neil wanted to see the case. I had used it to cook the prime rib for Christmas dinner.

It is a small project, not of much note, made from 1/4” birch ply mostly, with a 1/2” birch ply bottom, and a 1/8” acrylic cover. Construction is nails and glue. Medium Walnut WATCO danish oil is the finish. The cover has a glued on piece of 1/4” acrylic for a handle. When the cover is closed, it drops down when passing over the front lip, making it unlikely to be dislodged unless turned over, but there would be no reason to do that. So to open it, you pull up on the handle, then slide it out. It is a simple and adequate latch mechanism for this type of item.

The dado that the cover slides in was cut with a couple of passes over my table saw thin kerf blade to give it the required width. It needs to be wider than the cover, 7/32” I believe, because the cover falls down about 1/16” when it passes over the front, effectively making a latch.

The plastic is cut with the RAS, no special blade, the edges cleaned with a box knife and the length carefully adjusted by a few trips across my belt sander.

Here is the box empty with the cover closed:

Here is the box with the probe, transmitter and remote, and the cover partially open:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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NBeener

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 10:59 PM

While eye certainly did rib [pun?] you about the existence of that NASA-esque remote meat thermometer …. that box, on the other hand, is no laughing matter.

Beautifully done!

So many (um …. probably > 75%) of the completed projects on LJ are SO intricate that I can’t fully appreciate them, and how much time, talent, and effort went into their construction.

This one, though … is right up my proverbial alley :-)

[typed on my remote, digital laptop ;-)]

-- -- Neil

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NBeener

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 11:00 PM

OhByTheWay:

When the cover is closed, it drops down when passing over the front lip, making it unlikely to be dislodged unless turned over, but there would be no reason to do that.

How about double-stick Velcro … just in case?

Probably overkill, but … that’s just how I roll :-)

[edit: Ohhhh. You were talking about the cover itself. Never mind ;-)]

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 12-27-2009 11:10 PM

Neil
Thanks for the comments. This thing will sit in a bottom of a drawer for months until the next turkey or prime rib comes along. Right now, I am not sure I would use it on much else, although it could be used on a large chicken…........or I could stick it in my thigh to see how much you guys have roasted me over my snafoos on the forum…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 12-27-2009 11:53 PM

I don´t now abaut the thermometer but I do now that the box will come in very handy for severel different thing´s I have in the bottom of a big trunk and it´s always a mess
thank´s for sharing the clear lid is a good idea even when it´s not wood

Dennis

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 12-28-2009 12:12 AM

You better use that instrument as much as you can in order to justify its expense.

It’s not the same as a woodworking tool. <(:O}#

An nice box for it though.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 12-28-2009 12:43 AM

bentlyj
Thanks for the…....er…....forbearance (-:

Dave
Yah, the box is a stabilizing environment for the battery electrolyte, and if I have any problems with dropout, I put the transmitter in the box. I planned and constructed it carefully so that the nails form a resonant fractal antenna at the specified frequency, although it is a function of the inductive properties of the semi-conducting glue in the plywood. Took a few runs with the calculator but it works…...........I may store it on top of my Flat Panel 4X Induction Charging System I got for Christmas for the Wii Remotes…..that ought to keep the batteries in tip-top shape…..............(-:

Dennis
The clear lid has multiple advantages, including very thin material, visible contents, etc. Thanks for viewing, hope your Holiday Season is the best.

Dick
Nothing is too good for my prime rib, or my turkeys. Actually, it will allow me to be in the shop, or the office and play while the food cooks. The thermometer works very well, and suspect if I keep it protected, it will last longer. I wouldn’t have bought it, but we couldn’t find a good replacement for our old fashioned jam it in the meat, tough enough for the grill and survive the dishwasher thermometer. It died through a mishap in closing a drawer….....full military honors, it must have been 20 years old. So Sherie calls me and says she can’t find a thermometer with the proper credendtials, but she was standing in front of some digital things. I said OK do whatever. After seeing the price tag, I decided it needed armor plating so it didn’t suffer the fate of the last thermometer…..(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 12-28-2009 01:12 AM

Jim
thank´s great only had to work the half time :—)
I do hope the same for you

now let me see
a box for multiple use
a clear lid with multiple advanges
now there got to be a brain (like Eistein´s) behind that kind of innovation :—))

aaah it has to be a L J Member

Dennis

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 12-28-2009 01:31 AM

Dennis
I think your work is like mine, it doesn’t stop with holidays. I am working all New Year’s weekend. And yahhhhh, definitely an LJ….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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