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Just for Fun... #24: Progress at a Snail's Pace...

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Almost a week ago (A Week!) I left off with the latest box, a Cherry and Imbuia type of thing, finally together…First Panel cut & fitted...
As has been discussed here and everyday, everywhere, it’s been HOT!! It’s hard to get motivated in the heat… I actually resorted to putting in a second air conditioner, one that I had picked up on sale two years ago and was keeping as a “Emergency Back-Up” for my main one…"New" Air Conditioner in Bedroom
It’s been a life saver…
But anyway, back to the box!! The first thing to do on it, was to take it apart one last time and give all the parts yet another thorough sanding…Sides and Panels cut and sanded
and then cut the sides, one by one, on the Scroll Saw…Parting Lid from Bottom
I like doing them this way because the saw blade’s kerf is about the size of a pencil line, and though I can’t cut a perfectly straight line, whatever idiosyncrasies there might be, are mirrored top to bottom perfectly!!After Parting
I pegged them all together in the usual fashion and turned my attention to the hinges, starting with drilling the pivot holes. This time, I tried using a Quick Fence on the Drill Press by simply clamping a convenient short piece of angle iron to the table… Using Fence to drill pivot holes for latest hinges
Then I drew and drilled, and it was off to the Scroll Saw again…Ready to begin cutting
Sometimes, during the cutting, it’s necessary to stop and clear the waste…Stopping to clear waste
The cutting actually takes hardly any time at all, and in about a half hour the clearing, not quite done, cuts were made…Clearing cuts finished
It’s then a pretty simple matter to cut off the waste, and after a little bit of finagling I had these… Cherry Hinges…Latest Pair of Hinges
There’s a split in one of them that I’m going to have to take extra-special care with…
While I was at these, I took the leftover scrap and cut a finger lift handle… it took about four minutes…After marking finger tugAfter cutting And that’s about as far as I’ve gotten… The “Hardware” is all set…The "Hardware"
And the Box, top and bottom are all pegged, and in the middle of having the chinks filled…Filling in the Chinks
Almost done, you’re thinking, eh?
NOT SO FAST!! LOL
If anybody noticed, this box is coming out larger than usual… I think it needs some trays… :)

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



14 comments so far

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1484 days ago

Mike, That’s how my progress is, at a snail’s pace ;-)) Welcome to the club!!

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

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Bob Kollman

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#2 posted 1483 days ago

I’ve been on vacation this week- it’s been hot in my workshop in the basement…no AC for this boy!!!!

I never noticed before how much shaping is invloved with your hinges, your parts with all the layout

lines and drilled holes reminds me of the mill work at work. Looks like your getting close to your favorite

job—sanding—-LOL

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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lew

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#3 posted 1483 days ago

Less mistakes when you take your time, Mike!

If I didn’t know better, I’d say we have the same scroll saw!!

Lew

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1483 days ago

good to see someone have fun :-)

thankĀ“s Mike

Dennis

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Loucarb

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#5 posted 1483 days ago

Mike I think you’ve made good progress & those hinges are incredible.

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stefang

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#6 posted 1483 days ago

It’s coming along very well Mike. It was interesting to see how you parted off the box top. I can’t help wondering why you didn’t do it on the tablesaw, but I’m sure you had a good reason. You are so good at making those hinges that they seem to just pop out. Just the mark-up scares me to death, not to mention all the st noarting holes. Keep up the good work and try not to sweat while you are doing it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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ellen35

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#7 posted 1483 days ago

Moving right along there Mike.
The heat is a killer right now, even down here by the ocean!!!

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 1483 days ago

Can’t help but be fascinated by your hinges, Mike. They really are a work of art.

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

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sras

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#9 posted 1483 days ago

You are moving pretty fast compared to my pace! Looking forward to seeing the hinges in place and what you come up with for a tray.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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littlecope

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#10 posted 1483 days ago

Thanks, my Friends!!
The hinges are really not very hard to make, though they are a little nerve-wracking… The planning that goes into them takes all the time… and then second guessing myself, wondering if I plotted them right or not!! But my time is improving on them… My first set took almost five hours and I’ve cut that nearly in half…
I sometimes think that the “Just for Fun” series is misnamed… I start every one of these projects with the honest intention of making something strictly for fun… But somewhere along the way, the project takes on a life of its own… Each one seems to develop its own “personality”, so to speak…
Maybe that’s the “Fun” of it after all… :)

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

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patron

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#11 posted 1483 days ago

well done and documented ,
as usual mike .

as far as fun ,

it has to beat flipping burgers (LOL) !

-- 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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#12 posted 1483 days ago

Oh, here we go, picking on us poor hamburger flippers again…
Did you know, that a hamburger is one of the hardest things to cook?!
Steaks are easy. Like wood, they have grain, and cook at a fairly even pace…
Burgers, on the other hand, have that grain all jumbled up, so its kind of an unknown for each one…
I’ve known trained, professional Chefs that couldn’t cook them right!! On average, I’d guess only one cook in ten can cook them correctly, it’s usually a hit or miss thing when you order one in a restaurant… :)

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

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patron

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#13 posted 1483 days ago

that’s why i stick to boiling OSB (wafferwood) ,

it come’s out the same every time (LOL) !

and the taste never changes .

-- 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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BritBoxmaker

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#14 posted 1482 days ago

Next thing you know, Mike, it’ll be the shelf stackers that get it in the neck. lol

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

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