These so called quick, knock off little jobs always seem to end up taking longer than expected! But Life and responsibilities call and can’t be ignored…and it’s all good, because the FUN is prolonged!!
When we left this last, I had just marked the strips of Mahogany for the bottom panel.
One night this week I took an hour and went ahead and cut them out and fitted them in the same manner as the top.
I also marked and cut the top corners (sorry about the blurriness but this is a flashback sequence from the other night LOL)
I spent a little time matching up the contours and they’ll need a little more work, but it’s time to make this baby! I delineated the top last night, both with and without using a quarter, with equal success. The curve was just-right to rest the fingers of my pencil hand against.
As you can see, the whole “curve” following idea is being continued in the part, top from bottom. I then took it apart once more, for the last time, and cut the sides of the box with the thinnest scroll saw blade I have. Then reassembled the top, clamped it up, and drilled holes for the dowel pins.
Of course to do that, I had to set my “depth stop” again.
As an aside to Dick & Barb Cain, who asked about this method, I was thinking of you guys this week and took some snapshots to let you know where I’m coming from. My Dad’s Drill Press
which he purchased in 1966, and is the one he taught me how to use, has exactly the arrangement you described
Knurled knobs, even a floating washer in between. The one I have, that my Dad bought me for Christmas in 1993
looks like a toy in comparison. My Dad was miffed about it because he spent considerably more $$$ and got considerably less machine. Granted it was “60’s money compared to “90’s, but still…
In any event, here’s the arrangement on the “new & improved” model
So I seldom use it, needing two wrenches, and three hands to adjust it isn’t worth the time…
Anyway, holes drilled, pegs tapped in, I trim the excess
and after cleaning the corners, a box is born!!
There is still quite a bit more fun to be had finishing this project, and incorporating another great idea that my Dad had (which will be revealed later), but it’s customary for me to take this moment to erase any “witness” marks and to date and initial this latest member of the “family”. :-)
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.