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Just for Fun... #23: And the beat goes on...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 07-04-2010 01:25 AM 951 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 22: Short and Sweet... Part 23 of Just for Fun... series Part 24: Progress at a Snail's Pace... »

Who’d have thought it, but I’m making another box!!
I made the sides out of a little of the cherry my Parent’s neighbor was kind enough to give me…Sliced CherryFour Sides up...
The bad news is, the band saw only accepts wood under 5 1/2” thick and the original piece was almost 7” wide…
The good news is, my boxes are small ones, so I cut about 1 3/4” off of it, and I’ll use that to make the hinges…Scrap of Cherry for hinges I guess you can see why this was a cut-off…
But the subject today is the panels, top and bottom. Where the cherry is so light colored, I decided to use some of the Imbuia that Brother Patron sent me for the top panel, for some variation. It was a wrench to cut into this stuff!! I still want to make a box out of it later on, so I used it for only the top panel… For the bottom panel, I rummaged around in the scrap bin, and found a pine Drawer side that’ll fill the bill…
I went back to making raised panels this time, trotting out the Fence extender, and clamping a board over the entire Table Saw to “simulate” a zero clearance insertThe Panel cutting set-up
When I went to fit them in their respective dadoes, they were too “fat” and wouldn’t fit…
In the past, that would mean that I’d have to file, plane, wheedle, and cajole them down to size… sigh…
BUT WAIT!!! I have a new Jointer!!! Two swipes on that baby whittled them right down to size!! HeeHee…
The Bottom Pine Panel, cut and fitted:Bottom Panel cut and fitted
And the top Imbuia Panel:First Panel cut & fitted...
The Imbuia is impossibly dark to mark on, so after making the cardboard template, I used masking tape so I could see the markings…Marking dark Imbuia using masking tape
Just as predicted, foreseen, and indeed, mentioned in the owner’s manual, the Jointer produces prodigious amounts of wood shavings. So I rounded up an unused Shopvac from the Family Compound and hooked it up…
BUT WAIT AGAIN!! The One part that they did not ship with the Jointer, was the Vacuum Hose coupling…
So I had to fabricate one, out of an empty cracker box and duct tape…Dust collection
This marks only the second time in my life, that I’ve used duct tape… for actual duct work…
It’ll work just fine until I can get the real article… :)

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



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Loucarb

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 02:20 AM

Looks like it’s going to be another nice box Mike. That joiner sure makes things a little easier doesn’t it?

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patron

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 02:38 AM

way to go !
maybe you need a better saw blade ? i re-sawed that imbuia on the table saw too .
and didn’t have any trouble with it .
great to see you enjoying your tool though ,
it makes things more reachable .
as in possible .
and a riser block for that bandsaw might come in handy too .
then you can really go nuts !

-- 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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littlecope

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#3 posted 07-04-2010 03:02 AM

You ain’t kiddin’, Lou… I did the Imbuia one first and that took about an hour and a half… I had to make the template, set up the TS… I even attempted to thin the board the same old, same old way for about twenty minutes!!
With everything set, the second one took about 20 minutes… I still had to cut the panel out of the drawer side first, and I “took a moment” to clean the piece up on the jointer before I ran it by the Table Saw…
Pretty darn handy machine to have at hand, I’m finding… :)
Hey David, there you are!!
I meant a wrench to cut,
as in, I didn’t want it taken away from me… I want it all and to be able to keep it… :)
But I figured you didn’t want me to leave it in the box
and continue to save it for some special project
that I’ll never end up making…
I cut them to size with the Scroll Saw. That part took about 3-4 minutes… The Imbuia cuts like a dream… Planed nice too…

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 10:39 AM

Mike, I used a white pencil on dark woods. Available at stationary and art stores here. Hopefully there too. If not give me an address and I’ll send some.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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littlecope

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#5 posted 07-04-2010 10:55 AM

Martyn, that’s a very gracious offer!! I tried light colored pencils and it didn’t work out very well for me though. I don’t see so good anymore, particularly on a dark background… You ought to see me trying to read #’s off the back of the computer!! Black numerals on a black background!! They might as well use invisible ink…

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

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ellen35

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 11:54 AM

Mike,
Try chalk on dark boards… readily available at that school across from your house!!! It’s a little tricky because it is thick so you can’t use it for the fine cuts.
I can’t believe you are making a box… for a change!
That light cherry is certainly pretty wood and the imbuia with it looks great!
All these new tools, Mike… that’s great!
Ellen

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

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#7 posted 07-04-2010 02:01 PM

Ellen’s idea about chalk is actually good for thin lines too. Just score your lines with a marking knife first and then rub a little powdered chalk into them and voila a nice white super thin line.

Your box looks great so far Mike and I’m glad to see that your new jointer is making your life more pleasant.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-04-2010 04:47 PM

Great looking box, Mike!

I really like the choice of woods. The combinations really complement each other.

Gotta love that jointer.

Lew

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 07-04-2010 04:49 PM

Boxes are the only thing that can possibly save me from cutting board hell, Mike. I must make some more as well.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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