Because I promised to do a blog on my textured boxes I took the time today to take some pics while I was working on four sets of tee boxes I am making for Christmas presents.
The process is very simple .
I take the sized board which is 3mm/1/8” oversize in width and start cutting the texture from the centre of the board.
Once I have aligned the saw fence on a trail piece I start grooving the boards in long length and by flipping the board end for end I get two groves with the same fence setting .
I move the fence after each cut about the width of the saw blade but not exact and use my trail piece to test each cut. I am not looking for a consistent pattern , but by cutting two groves with the same setting
the pattern stays symmetric and the corners will align no matter if the finished pieces get flipped left or right.
In this case I cut a bevel of 22.5 degree on one edge for the lid to fit into and this does not apply in this case .
The blade I use for grooving is a melamine blade with a very high pitch top angle ,
Once the boards are all grooved I set up my small sled with a stop block which is a spare alignment square that
I have from one of my old mitre saws. This works very well as the mitred end will contact the square and I get consistent length pieces as opposed to a normal stop block which tends to crush the fragile mitred end tip and may lead to error in the length of the pieces .
After all pieces are cut I place the in the right order along a straight edge finished side up and run masking tape
along the pieces making sure I don’t make the corners too tight and then apply glue to the mitred ends and fold the pieces into the box shape and using the excess tape I left hanging over on one end to secure the last mitre joint .
A quick check with the square and clean up of the squeeze out glue and this part is done .
This is the twelve boxes I made this afternoon and I will continue some time soon with part 2 .
Tomorrow I will go to the Christmas market in Calgary to see my buddy Jordan and the little” Right Winger Calgary Flame Bear ” weather permitting
It is minus 20C and snow in the forecast I hope they are wrongwith the forcast this time.