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Just for Fun... #6: Here We Go Again...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 12-10-2009 03:43 AM 1526 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I reported on my last project http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24395 my boxes are mostly all going out the door at Christmas time. It’s tough to see the little ones go, but it gives me ample opportunity to have some fun making more of them!! I need two right off the bat for what I like to call “Pocket Garages”, one for at work, one for at home. With one already made, I started the second one last night…The Wood for the 2nd Poplar Pocket Garage
For about two hours, give or take, I stared at this piece of poplar, trying to figure which way to lay it out. The small knot troubled me… for the optimum lay-out, it would lie precariously close to the joints…I also encountered a problem that I’ve seen before. The Glue-up of this Drawer side is canted, not parallel to the sides. I’ve gone ahead and worked with it that way before, but it gets really “hoopy”! My eyes and mind contrive to try to convince me that my markings are all wrong, because they’re not parallel to the grain… very disconcerting… After two hours, I ultimately decided to straighten this piece out in relation to the glue line, for sanity’s sake, and to move forward and not worry about the knot because, hey, this is Just for Fun, right?! So this morning I began by ripping a new side line with the Scroll SawStraightening the board to the glue up
It’s a perfect day for shop work!! Snowstorm outside, toasty warm inside and lest anybody thinks I’m a Scrooge, there’s even a little touch of Christmas inside the Shop…Winter Wonderland- From the Shop
Anyway, after establishing a straight edge it was off to the Table Saw for some milling action. The Scroll sawn cut was in the waste section of the piece and I began by cutting the actual “bottom of the box” cut. Then I used the first box to gauge the height of the secondUsing 1st box to gauge height of 2nd
After that, I simply plowed out some dadoes on either side to accept the eventual panels. No “New” news there…After Milling
Then I cut them to length. The overall length was about 24 1/2”. I’ve heard of the Golden ratio but don’t know the first thing about it, so out of sheer funk I decided on 7 1/4” X 4 3/4”. Times two, for the four sides, which totals 24”...
Then begins the quiet time, when i plot out and arrange the finger or box joints. First the spacingMarking Finger Joint Widths
which I do with my usual “tilted ruler” method. I tilt it to any 1/4” markings on the end of the piece, and tilt it one more 1/8” to allow for my parting cut, top from bottom.
Mark the depth of the fingers, using the pieces themselves, then mark the Dado cutouts (or rather Do Not cutouts!) a new part of the procedure for me…Marking Dado Cutouts or rather, Do Not Cutouts!!
And finally I draw the Finger spacings in the appropriate placesEnscribing Finger Joint Widths
This is just eyeballed. It’s only vital that each abutting joint is correctly matched. To that end, after marking waste from wantMarking Waste from Want
I “Leapfrog” the sides to get the two ends in the middle and mark them in the same fashionMarking the ends
Are you bored yet?! LOL The Fun is just beginning!! Its time to cut the fingers, hopefully on the wood and not on my hands… First a little Drill Press action, to give myself some playing roomDrilling Maneuvering Holes for the Scroll Saw Blade
Then its off to the Scroll Saw, cut down one side, clear the “Bottom” of the cut (with the help of the maneuvering hole), back out, and cut the other side.Cutting finger joints
This might seem time or labor intensive but takes seconds per cut out. Doing both ends of each side takes about 6-7 minutes. After I do two sides, I take a file and clean out the matching ends and Voila!!Jointing
I continue working around the sides until, well, until I run out of sides!!Four sides ready for panels...
And so, to recapitulate, I went from last night’s two hours of plotting, to this afternoon’s reality…Last Night's Goal for Today
Oops!! The one on the right is turned the wrong way, but it fits the right way and that’s what’s important!
Stay tuned for another of my poor attempts at humor and narration in the next episode of “Just for Fun”!! :)

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



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#1 posted 12-10-2009 03:59 AM

just for fun ,
i think it looks great ,
and thanks for the teach !

just make your hinges slightly smaller this time ,

unless this is a twin to the other one ?

-- 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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#2 posted 12-10-2009 04:06 AM

A good Blog Mike with some great photos. I can’t help but wonder if you don’t like box joint jigs or is it that you just like this process of drilling and sawing. Your boxes always look great so please don’t take this as criticism just a question.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-10-2009 04:19 AM

So that’s how you do that! Nice blog Mike. I never thought of leaving that litle piece to block the lid & botom dados.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-10-2009 04:38 AM

Thanks, David!! Definitely a sibling, but not a twin…
Truth be told Jim, I don’t have the $$$’s for the Special blades or dado cutter I would need. I’m not sure that my inverted Circular Saw, that I call a Table Saw, would accept them either… On the plus side, this way takes no machine set-up time, no jig, and the cutting really does take no time at all. On the minus side, I lose that time in the lay-out… I work with what I have, my Friend. The urge to make and create is too strong not to…
Thanks, Bob!! The idea occurred to me about four boxes ago, that if I marked and cut them right, I wouldn’t have to worry about plugging the “holes” left from the dadoes. It’s still in development, kind of, that’s why I need more fun and practice!! :)

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

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#5 posted 12-10-2009 04:46 AM

Great blog Mike. Love those boxes.
Your hinges are, well, hinged!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 12-10-2009 04:56 AM

Mike, How do you cut your dados?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 12-10-2009 05:10 AM

Thanks, Ellen!! I shudder when I think of the hinges!! They take nearly as long to make as the box!! But first things first. I cleared the first hurdle and the sides are up. Next comes the panels, which can always bring their own surprises. Fitting them can be a dicey affair sometimes…
After that will be Hinge Time, a quick knob for the front, and the Ever-ominous Finishing… Fun, fun, fun!!!
Bob, I use the table saw to cut a blades-width shallow slot, then kick the fence in and make another pass to widen the slot…

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

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#8 posted 12-10-2009 05:23 AM

That’s how i do it too:-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 12-10-2009 05:32 AM

Mike it’s so great to see your work & that they are gifts is that much more special. I wish that my shop was warm but here in Seattle we have had a cold front to the low 20s lately & not used to it so I haven’t made much lately. Trying a new spray Magnamax got me into trouble as the fumes were so strong that we had to open all the windows in the house. Momma got real mad & now have to wait for all to be gone for hours to try again. I should just use wipe on poly, Ha.

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 12-10-2009 07:07 AM

nice box, that’s a one up, I’d never even considered using a scroll saw for box joints… but I don’t own a scroll saw. See Mike, all this time I thought you were hand cutting them. Power tools rule!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 12-10-2009 10:12 AM

Nice tute mate… and here I am sweltering in over 100 degree heat.. at least I have the inspirational fridge to cool me down…

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

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#12 posted 12-10-2009 01:06 PM

when I made my willow boxes I used the scrollsaw … great tip re: drilling the holes!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#13 posted 12-10-2009 02:59 PM

Great blog! Thank you

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#14 posted 12-10-2009 03:19 PM

Great blog for teaching/learning. Couldn’t be more clear if I had been watching over your shoulder when you did the work. Thanks.

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#15 posted 12-10-2009 04:04 PM

Thank you Mike!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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