For Fun projects #2: Some small projects (Dinosaur Shelf, Brain Teaser)

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Blog entry by JC Boysha posted 11-02-2012 05:49 PM 1423 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, after the meta post I had last night, I thought I’d post something a little bit lighter today. I would like to thank the kind words I got from people here at LJ. It’s nice to know this place is a community of polite and nice individuals! I got myself out of the funk I was in last night, and brought myself back to the land of less darkness. So, YAY!

Also, I did manage to find some time to get into the shop, which was exciting! (Side note, I work afternoon shift, 3-11, so I have time in the morning three days a week while my wife is continuing taking classes). I got started on two projects!

The first is a brain teaser I saw online the other day while browsing youtube, the second is the shelf for my son. I’ll post pictures and explain them as it goes along!

First for the brain teaser I had a 2 inch square length of Red Oak. I ripped it in half twice.

This left me with four equal length square pieces. These had to be cut to allow for the pieces to sit together and form an X.

This is after I cut them down (Sorry about the burn marks on the wood. I need to replace my blade I think)

Next I drilled holes in the wood to make the puzzle section. First I drilled holes Down the length of the short ends that were cut; second, I drilled one hole in the center of the top piece.

Then I assembled the one half that I completed. I did a dry test as well to make sure it would work.

However, as with all lucky things, one of my dogs thought that half of this puzzle would make a lovely chew toy!. So here are the pieces to the second half that I will be completing next time I can get into the shop! To fix the problem I just have to duplicate the piece I already made. Shouldn’t be too hard.

For the shelf, I also started with Red Oak. I have one half-inch plank to use for the shelf bottom, and one quarter-inch plank to use for the back. This is they cut down to 2’ lengths (which is the desired length of the dinosaur shelf.)

The back is cut with a slope on it. I have some more sanding to do to make it even, but, here’s an in progress picture.

Ultimately I’ll be coping in some dinosaur silhouettes to make the shelf look more themed.

Anyhow, I’ll keep you updated on the progress as time goes on!

-- JC Boysha, Amateur woodworker, all around amazing guy.

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David Craig

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 07:41 AM

Hey JC, thanks for showing the progress on your project. It looks like you have a nice little spot to work on things. I like how the pieces are progressing and look forward to seeing more.

Just a couple constructive criticiism comments :) (they won’t hurt)

1. On burning. It looks to me like you are using a crosscut blade to do a rip cut. I don’t see much space between the teeth. When you run anything lengthwise through the blade, you want a smaller tooth count with more gullets. You might want to purchase a rip blade or a combo blade.

2. You are working with some pretty small pieces. Could you please share what you use to keep your hands a safe distance from the blade? I am not seeing a push stick nor a blade guard. Bad things can happen in the blink of an eye and I just want to make sure you are running those pieces through as safe as you can.

Keep us posted :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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JC Boysha

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 07:35 PM

I did switch to a proper blade today and the ripping went smoother. I didn’t realize I hadn’t changed the blade out until this morning. Kind of a silly thing to forget to check, but we live and we learn. I do I have a set of combo blades, I just forgot about checking the blade. (oops.)

I’m using two push sticks, one that came with the table saw (made of hard plastic) and the other is a small stick I cut out from a sheet of MDF I had laying around the shop.

I have been cruising around the site the last too days looking for inspiration for better push sticks. The Plastic one feels unsafe, and I don’t like the MDF one I have. But it’s hard to cut out shop-made hand tools without a router, jigsaw, or bandsaw. I really need to jump on getting some of those more advanced-basic tools, but with a kid on the way my budget is tight, so I’ve got to find budget tools sometimes.

-- JC Boysha, Amateur woodworker, all around amazing guy.

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 09:08 PM

you can’t afford
NOT to work safe

and neither can your FAMILY

here is a push stick i made just for you
in less time than it took
for you to write your comment
using only tools you now have

maybe you don’t have all the tools yet
but don’t let that stop you

piece of scrap melamine
with piece of ply scrap
glued on the end
and hanging down
to hook the work

end cut 45* for palm safety
and higher than the fence
for control

make half a dozen
so they are ready
when the heels get cut up

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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JC Boysha

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#4 posted 11-04-2012 12:43 AM

I like that design. Much better than the one I was using, which was similar but using MDF and with no 45 degree angle. I’ll crank a bunch of those out first thing next time I’m in my shop!

-- JC Boysha, Amateur woodworker, all around amazing guy.

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