Just for Fun... #17: The fun continues...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-08-2010 11:59 PM 1506 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Nine days ago, that funny looking fellow in the picture had just finished sizing up the four sides of a new box out of some old Oak… Waiting to be joined...
The joining of the four sides went without event, and was done in his usual manner… Marking, Drilling for Scroll Saw room, and then cutting and fitting…Marking JointsDrilling for Scroll Saw workHalfway there
I keep telling him there are easier, more exact ways of doing this, but he will not listen!! What a knot head…
When he got those together, he had himself a little sanding partySanding Action I think he’s despaired of ever getting the Bandsaw marks out…
His next idea was to re-saw some more pieces off of the old cribbing block where the sides came from, with the intention of making the panels in bookmark fashion…Not happy with this...
I told him that looks pretty good, but he’s not happy with this either!! What does he want, Perfection?! This is supposed to be fun…
So he’s still up in the air about that and began making his hinges and finger tug while he decides whether he’ll use them…
The Cribbing Block has been significantly whittled down by all this box-building, but he tells me if he plays his cards right, he should have enough left for the hinges and knob for the front.All that's left of the Oak from box-building
He began by cutting the piece shorter, to facilitate handling, but leaving it over-long at the same time so… well, so there is enough wood!!Shortening the workpiece, but still leaving it over-long, if that makes any sense...
Then he halved that piece the long wayHalving the Workpiece
Now, believe me, I saw these pieces and these two blocks were shaped more or less like wedges… He has no jointer, no planer, how is he going to square them up? But, he says he only needs two sides to be square, pulled out his Grand Pappy’s old Hand Plane, and did exactly that!Squaring two sidesAfter squaring two sides
He then marked and drilled the pivot holes, re-sizing the upper half of the hinges so they free-float…Drilling Pivot holes for latest Hinges
He lost me here, but then he proceeded drilling a bunch of other holes, after he had taken a pen and made squiggly lines all over the piece. To be honest, I’d be really surprised if he has any idea what he’s doing, but he says it’s Scroll Saw work after this… :)Hinges, drawn and drilled

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

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#1 posted 06-09-2010 12:21 AM

Can’t wait to see the finished product….......great pix….even a knothead like me can follow this…......but alas…......its all still beyond my means…..what with having 5 thumbs on each hand.

Great job Mike!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#2 posted 06-09-2010 12:35 AM

Nice work, Mike.

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#3 posted 06-09-2010 01:06 AM

If you see him say super Job from that a-1 guy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 06-09-2010 01:16 AM

Nice work, Mike… and I see your signature hinges will be part of this!

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

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#5 posted 06-09-2010 01:18 AM


You seem to have a pretty good rapport with this guy. Just keep talking to him, I think he’ll listen :^)

Nice Job!!


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

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#6 posted 06-09-2010 01:50 AM

Don’t be so hard on the guy Mike. There’s something to be said for tried and true methods. That something is: “Good job. Keep up the great work.”

P.S. The Sox are slowly moving up on the Yanks and Rays!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 06-09-2010 02:00 AM

well , i expect you can make sense to you friend ,
he’s lucky to have you ,
you do fix all the things he cuts wrong .
plane all his rugged work ,
and sand it all just right for him .
don’t let him take all the credit ,
you did something important for him .
you put up with him !
great work .
fun post .

-- 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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#8 posted 06-09-2010 02:09 AM

Man I hate these “to be continued” stories. I sure hope this episode isn’t the season finale… I’ll have to wait till September to see what happens!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 06-09-2010 03:45 AM

Oh my God!!
I just read this!!
It looks like my dirty cousin, littlesoap, got hold of my computer while I was out…
Man, I can’t believe that guy, “Grand Pappy’s Hand Plane”?! That’s his Grandfather too!!
littlesoap is the know-it-all in my family…you know, the one that never actually does anything… and here he is calling me a knot head!! AARGH!!!
My Apologies to Everyone… I’ll try to keep him away from the keyboard… :)

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

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#10 posted 06-09-2010 12:16 PM

Chuckled all the way. Nice to see it being done by traditional methods, the planing that is.
Great blog, thanks for posting, Mike.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 12:58 AM

Keep that guy away from the keyboard. Nice job Mike.

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#12 posted 06-10-2010 06:09 AM

okay, we need to keep the script simple for bob…

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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