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Blog entry by littlecope posted 01-17-2010 04:39 AM 1396 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got home from work today and jumped right in, cutting the mortises that I marked yesterday.A finished cut
These are a snap with the Scroll Saw, after I drill a few corner holes for maneuvering the bladePre-drilling for Scroll Saw workRail engagedAll together now...
This would work already but I’m choosing to make at least a Tray for now, maybe add a lid at a later point. So I’ll need to cut a slot to hold a bottom. I did that with the Table Saw, cutting a kerf wide, 3/8” deep swath and then kicking the blade over to widen it in all the parts.A very un-safe cut
I’m not using anything fancier than a drawer bottom as a bottom for this. After measuring I mark it and cut it, and then slap it in!Marking the PanelIn Place
I re-thought the idea of the third rail in the middle. For one thing, this thing is as strong as the Dickens already! Secondly, my plan had been to through-tenon the middle one as well, but I’ve got an Arch sort of thing going on here. I’m no Engineer, but it would be like removing the “Keystone”, and weaken the top of the Arch…
Anyway, no middle rail… all that’s left is to drill some holes to insert pins into, cut the tenons to a more seemly length, insert the pins, and toss that other Steamer Trunk on top!! Hopefully, tomorrow… :)

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



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 01-17-2010 04:59 AM

What is it for? No handle?

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

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littlecope

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#2 posted 01-17-2010 05:16 AM

Bob, underneath that bed sheet is an old curved-top Steamer Trunk.Curved Top Steamer Trunk So all I did was make a curved surface flat, so I can stack another one on top of it…

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 01-17-2010 05:31 AM

Good work. I wonder why they didn’t make them flat on top? Too keep them from being stacked??

-- "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 01-17-2010 06:36 AM

I believe they were made like this so they would be placed on top of other trunks, that way they were the first ones unloaded.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 01-17-2010 06:50 AM

I figured that it was so they would be top loaded, but if they are rounded, seems like it would get to be quite a mess in the cargo hold ;-))

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

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#6 posted 01-17-2010 12:34 PM

Lookin good Mike. The design looks great. I like that you are using recycled materials. Often the recycled stuff is better than what we can buy and usually dryer too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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lew

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#7 posted 01-17-2010 05:11 PM

Great Job, Mike!

Your pictures and explanations are really easy to follow.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 01-17-2010 05:14 PM

The curved top is probably a function of history. The tops of chests used to be 1/2 of a hollowed out log. Likely the other half would be the bottom of the chest. Thus, one could stack them.

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 01:02 AM

Looking good, Mike. I’d really like to see you sand and refinish those trunks!!! Not only bring out their beauty but protect them a little better.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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