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A Flag Display Box #2: The Jointing Begins

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 02-04-2010 11:04 PM 957 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Another Honor and Privilege... Part 2 of A Flag Display Box series Part 3: Starting the Shoulder Cutting »

I managed to get in a little over two hours yesterday, beginning by finishing the sanding of the three pieces of Red Oak that will comprise this project .Sanding continues
If you remember from Part #1, I had started with two lengths and cut the longer one in half to obtain the shorter legs of this Right Angle. Though I can’t have a complete wrap-around grain pattern, I can do it with at least these two lengths. This time, I’m going to start with the conventional 90° joint connection first. I did this in my usual fashion, standard Box Joints. When I do these, I usually mark them using the “Tilted Ruler” method, finding an amount divisible by the rough size of the fingers, in this case 4 1/8” marked every 3/8”...Tilted Ruler
I saw an excellent tip that our very own Papadan had offered to find the center of a board in this way that works perfectly, IF your mark is made parallel to the sides of the board! Here I’ve exaggerated my markings a little to show what I mean…Tilted Ruler Marking
Then I lay out the depths of the joints, using the Wood itself and my handy old lay-out board, which is just a nice, straight cleat screwed to some Plywood.Using Pieces to mark depths of cuts
I then mark the fingers and X-out waste from wantMarking for Conventional Joint
Here they are after cutting and fitting:A Conventional 90° Joint With that accomplished, I carefully set the previously laid-out hypotenuse on top and with the help of my Framing Square to keep an accurate 90°, and the Speed Square to check the 45° on both ends, this was quickly doneMarking for "Radical" 45° JointsMarks to work from...
I then carried those markings around the pieces…to carry the cut lines around the piece
and marked these finger joints.Joints all marked
If you noticed, these are marked on what will be the outside of the box. They are completely conventional until they reach the shoulder cuts, so I’ll cut them that way. I drill holes to facilitate the Scroll Saw cutting, cut them out, and even fit them…Holes drilled to facilitate ScrollingCut in Normal Fashion... so far...Even fitted them first
I left them over-long. One of the last things I’ll do on this project will be to cut them to length…
In keeping with the tradition of the “Cliff Hanger”, stay tuned!! In the next episode will come the “Evil” Shoulder Cuts… :)

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



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#1 posted 02-04-2010 11:17 PM

great lesson here mike .

always enjoy seeing what you come up with !

-- 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 02-04-2010 11:35 PM

It’s amazing the clutter that gathers to see the advancement of a project. But my question is why are the finger joints left so long?

Nevermind who they are, it’s you that counts.

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 11:45 PM

him gnu fold back corner ,
and use cut off for filling vacancies .

-- 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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#4 posted 02-04-2010 11:46 PM

Great job, I always like those step by step photos, and for the room you have the amount of tools you have you are a fine woodworker. Thanks for posting

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 12:29 AM

This is going to look really nice , with the finger joints, Mike.

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

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 12:34 AM

Good explanation and photography of the process Mike.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 03:15 AM

Nice progress.

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 12:02 PM

Nice blog Mike. Am I crazy or did we already get this blog before? Anyway, the first time I couldn’t figure out the reason for the long fingers, but I think it must be to accommodate the (obtuse?) corner.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 02-05-2010 06:01 PM

Nice blog. Can’t wait for the next one.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 02-05-2010 09:56 PM

Thanks, Everyone!
Stefang: You aren’t crazy! I thought the same thing, I’ve shown these things ad nauseum!! But I’m the one who keeps doing the same things, over and over, expecting different results… ;-)
The reason for the over long fingers is exactly that, to allow for the two 45° corners of this. They’ll be much easier to accurately cut, when the thing is all together… But that’s still a ways down the road…

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

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