So when we last left the shop, we had four sides to this “Poor Man’s Box”, but no top or bottom
It’s not much of a box without a top or bottom, ha ha ha! I guess I’ll have to try to add some!
The whole reorganization thing is giving forth first fruits, in that I was easily able to lay my hands on some scrap Mahogany strips that I might be able to use…
Now I just need some slots or channels (whatever those things are called) to fit them into. It’s Table Saw time…
Maybe it was all the cartoons and movies I saw as a kid, where the Hero (or Heroine) was tied to the log, heading towards the blade at the saw mill, or maybe it’s the horror stories that I’ve read on these very pages, but I have a real aversion to pushing stock into a rotating blade. When possible, such as in this case, I prefer to stand astride the machine and use it more like a rotor table, drawing the piece by the blade, rather than standing in the line of fire and pushing the small piece over the blade…
In any event, I have the blade raised about a 1/4” or so and after one pass, I “kick” the fence over a little and take a second pass
After cutting the four sides in this fashion, I’ve checked with the strips and the slot is still a little too small, but that’s fine. Everything is fine!
I’m still not certain if I just cut the slot for the bottom or the top, but I cut the “other” end next with a slightly different set-up but similar results.
Ordinarily, I cut these slots first on the “whole” board before any of the fingers are cut or the board is sized, but it wasn’t possible to do wrap-around grain here, and first or last, this is all JUST IN FUN!
I then measure with my handy-dandy homemade calipers
If I’ve done everything right, which is extremely unlikely, the inside of the slot should be just as square as the outside of the box and I next make a template for marking the strips.
Mmmm, Cupcakes! Oops, sorry…
I use the template to mark the Top Panel (or is it the bottom?)
Then cut and fit the pieces, very much like Coopers attached bottoms to pails and barrels, tapering the ends and sort of “pillowing” them into place…
The Wood Gods that be must be smiling upon my work (though more likely they’re laughing at me!), but astonishingly, it fits!
I’ll repeat this process for the bottom (or top?)
I had kind of hoped to wrap this up, but only had a couple hours for fun yesterday and that’s as far as I got. Phones ring, and life beckons, so I’ll have to return to this another day…but it’s all good, the fun gets to continue! :-)
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.