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Just for Fun... #25: The Trays Begin...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 1475 days ago 1050 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the last episode it was decided that, because this Box is a little bigger than usual, I’d be making some trays for it. I guess I’m still anxious to use the new toy, because I sized the wood I’ll be using last… first!!
After Re-sawing another scrap of the Cherry, I thinned it down on the Jointer to about 3/16”. These will be for the bottoms of the two trays…Planed Cherry Panels for Tray Bottoms
With the Imbuia top, and Cherry sides on the outer Box, I’m going with Imbuia sides and Cherry Bottoms for these inside trays. Yesterday, I began by setting the Dado depth on the Table Saw…Setting Blade height for Dadoes
And then carefully plowed the dadoes out. I had to move the fence once on each to make a slightly larger Dado…Dadoes Cut
Then I simply sliced them to height… In this case, the interior of the box will only allow for a maximum of 3”...Tray heights established
I then cut them to length…Cut to length
Here, you can see the result of yesterday’s two hours, and the general goal…The goal...

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This morning I got on it bright and early, beginning with making some “Spacer Blocks” for marking the finger joints. This was something I tried first on the Box proper… It went so fast, I never had a chance to chronicle it for you!! I made a grid on a small piece of some of the 1/4” plastic that Bob Kollman sent me a while ago…Marking Quick Spacer Blocks
Then I cut as many as I thought I’d need for this…That'll be enough for this job...
I’ll use them on the next step, but first I had to mark the depths of these joints…
I used the spacer blocks to mark the finger widths… This might even introduce some semblance of uniformity, something I’m altogether unfamiliar with…
In any event, the upper tray is going to have a single partition… so I marked that next…Partition MarkingMarked
After cutting, it’ll look something like this…Partition in Place (on first side)
I’ll probably do some more cutting today, but it’s raining… and the rain is making me… sleepy… :)

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



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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 1475 days ago

“Ah sweet sleep that knits the ravelled sleeve of care”

Nice going, Mike. The trays are coming along nicely. Time to dream of glories to come. I bet you’re enjoying that new jointer, eh?

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

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littlecope

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#2 posted 1474 days ago

Martyn, the new jointer is the bee’s knees!! :)
I thought I was down for the count, but couldn’t drift off…
So I cut the first, upper one with the partition…Top Tray sides cut & fittedThe Reveal
My eyes are failing, so I’ll cut the bottom one tomorrow, but before I called it a day, I glued on the hinges…Hinge Glue-up
I’ll be sorry tomorrow, if I hadn’t…

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

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patron

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#3 posted 1474 days ago

well so it goes folks ,
another exciting chapter in our ongoing saga ,

‘box building in New Hampshire”

tune in tomorrow ,
for the next episode of ‘just for fun’ .

well done , mike ,
a great tutorial ,
and a great box too .

-- 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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ellen35

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#4 posted 1474 days ago

Nice going Mike.
Every new toy.. er tool.. is a joy to work with!!
Ellen

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

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littlecope

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#5 posted 1474 days ago

Don’t forget to drink your Oval-tine!! :)

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

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lew

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#6 posted 1474 days ago

“Don’t forget to drink your Oval-tine!!” What’s this!? A cruddy commercial??!! Son-of-a-b*#@H!!! ;^)

Great Blog, Mike! I really like the way you organize your thought/work processes.

Lew

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

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Blake

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#7 posted 1474 days ago

Neat! Thanks for the progress photos.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Bob Kollman

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#8 posted 1474 days ago

Lew stole my line Son-of-a-b*#@H!!!;^)...LOL

At first I missed the word resaw and was thinking, this guy milled 4/4 stock to .187????

Glad to see your jointer getting a work out, more complex boxes with bigger toys I see!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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lanwater

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#9 posted 1474 days ago

Very detailed step by step. Lots of information.

Thank you for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 1474 days ago

A memory of more innocent times

Ovaltinies

We are the Ovaltinies, little girls and boys,
Make your request we’ll not refuse you,
We are there just to amuse you,
Would you like a song or story?
Will you share our joys?
At work and play were more than keen,
Because we all drink Ovaltine,
We’re happy girls and boys.

Its not a commercial, its an Advert

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

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stefang

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#11 posted 1471 days ago

Another enjoyable and educational blog Mike. it is fun watching how you are continually refining your techniques. The inside box is going to be a dandy. Your hinges are looking fantastic too.

Remember, drinking too much Ovaltine can make you, uh, oval.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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