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Just for Fun... #2: Of Tops and Bottoms

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« Part 1: The Beginning... Part 2 of Just for Fun... series Part 3: Hey, there's a box here! »

So when we last left the shop, we had four sides to this “Poor Man’s Box”, but no top or bottomA Poor Man's Box
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…Scraps for top & bottom
Now I just need some slots or channels (whatever those things are called) to fit them into. It’s Table Saw time…Sawing first slot for top
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 passAfter two passes
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.Cutting Second Slot for bottom
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 calipersTaking measurement to create a template
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.Template in place
Mmmm, Cupcakes! Oops, sorry…
I use the template to mark the Top Panel (or is it the bottom?)Voila!
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…Cooping the top
The Wood Gods that be must be smiling upon my work (though more likely they’re laughing at me!), but astonishingly, it fits!Unbelieveably, it fits!
I’ll repeat this process for the bottom (or top?)Repeat for bottom
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.



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patron

12976 posts in 1945 days


#1 posted 1794 days ago

meticulous fun !

well thought out ,
( or discovered ) ?

eating the cupcakes before
using the cardboard for a template ,
is an inspiration to us all !

and those calipers ,

pure gravy !

-- 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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littlecope

2889 posts in 2106 days


#2 posted 1794 days ago

Thanks, David! Always trying to sharpen my skills, such as they are…
Hey, awful nice thing you did for A1Jim!! Of course I don’t know the man personally, but he seems like a heckuva good guy!! And you probably don’t want to hear it, but so are you!!! Your Friend, MC :-)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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hardwoodflooring

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#3 posted 1793 days ago

I like the wood calipers. Nice job.

-- hardwood, South Carolina, http://www.palmettohardwood.com

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1793 days ago

Here Here
Mike I second the David good guy motion, All in favor????

Hey Mike good job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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littlecope

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#5 posted 1792 days ago

Aye!!!
Thanks very much, Jim!! But there’s more besides! Yours wasn’t the only “Mystery Package” delivered this week. I suppose I should blog the story…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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patron

12976 posts in 1945 days


#6 posted 1792 days ago

i’m apposed !

according to his ex wives ,
he’s a bum !

all he wants to do is work !
and talk about the brotherhood of man !

-- 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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jockmike2

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#7 posted 1792 days ago

all sounds good to me. Jim and David are pretty cool. I’m enjoying you having fun too Mike. I like your “green” box.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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degoose

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#8 posted 1792 days ago

Can’t wait for the next installment.
I also agree that you are all great blokes.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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littlecope

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#9 posted 1791 days ago

“Can’t wait for the next installment.”
That’s funny!! I try never to miss a word YOU write, Larry, though I can’t remember commenting on it…It seems like there’s always a slew of comments on yours and little left to be said…:-) So I’ll tell you right now, in the hopes that you read this, your work is excellent, very imaginative and creative stuff!!
Great Good Luck with your new Business Venture!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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patron

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#10 posted 1791 days ago

Friday September 4th ,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY , MIKE !

have a cupcake on me .

-- 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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