the box #3: the top

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 09-08-2008 01:08 AM 960 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that the box was complete it was time to make the top. This part is fairly easy so I won’t go on into a spill about it. My first step was to cut the pieces to width. After that I installed the dado set on the saw so I can cut my groove in the edge to house the panel. After running my groove I set up the miter gauge again with the sacrificial fence and cut my pieces to fit the leather. I decided that I needed to put an inlay in the top too. So, I ran a shallow groove on the inside of my pieces to allow for the inlayed border. After the parts were made I dry fitted them together and then proceeded with the final assembly. I glued the parts together and used the band clamp. After it dried I sanded it. I only want to sand it flat at this point so I used 120 grit sandpaper.
Now came the fun part. I decided to put some “bow ties” in for the joinery. I figured it would be a good compliment to the dovetailed keyed miters in the box. To make these I set up the router table with the dovetail bit. I raised the bit to a satisfactory height and pulled the fence forward. I ripped some stock on the table saw and started the set up. After centering the bit on the stock I ran it for the 4 passes it took to make the piece. I then cut them down to 3/8” thickness’s. I set up the bosch colt palm router with a 1/8” bit. I set it’s depth to 5/16”. This way I could sand the pieces flush. I marked all of my corners using one of the pieces of inlay, then routed close to the line. Taking a Japanese chisel, I cut out the remaining material to my line. I glued and tapped the inlays into place and let them dry. Again I sanded everything flush first using 100 then went through the courses to 150. The top was almost complete. I just had to do the inlays….............
top 1
I am hiding one side of the top for a reason. We’re not that far folks. LOL
top 2

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#1 posted 09-08-2008 06:30 AM

kolwdwrkr, great technique & excellent finish.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 09-08-2008 01:36 PM


Great job on the top.

It’s looking real good.

Nothing like a good quality Japanese chisel.

I love ‘em.


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#3 posted 09-08-2008 04:00 PM

the anticipation!!!

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#4 posted 09-09-2008 01:42 AM

Ok, Why the drama?........................ That box is really looking good. Can’t wait to see all of it…..

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 09-09-2008 03:26 AM

no drama, just a box

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