Just for Fun... #26: A Productive Weekend...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 07-16-2010 11:30 PM 1976 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Of course, working in the Restaurant Biz, I mean the last few days… I ended up getting in about 9-10 hours on this latest box, and except for some small detail work, it’s just about ready for some finishing…
If you’ll recall, I left off Wednesday having glued the hinges in place…Hinge Glue-up
I began yesterday morning by pinning them into place with wooden dowel, and cutting off the excess with my trusty “Poor Man’s” Japanese Saw. Notice the finely crafted handle…After Pinning Hinges to Box
I then flipped it, put it up on blocks, and glued on the handle…Handle glued in place
Then it was back to the trays… I cut the second, bottom one, and then clamped up the the top one to take some sizes to cut a panel template…Clamped tray...
Then I simply cut it out. I must be eating my wheaties, because it came out just right, first try…Cardboard Template cut to size
Because I cut them at the same time, this pattern should work for top and bottom, but I checked them to make sure…Checking Template
Once satisfied with the fit, I decided where on the Cherry pieces I wanted, and marked them out…Panels Marked
Pretty bad, huh? Times are so tough, we can only get ITZ crackers…
Then I cut them out and fitted them in…Panels cut & fitted for traysShowing bottom tray
Before I called it a day yesterday, I took a minute to pin the handle…Pinning Handle
So the box itself is all set, ready to start finishing, but I have a little more work left on the trays…
Man, what fun!!! :)

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

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 11:41 PM

Super job, Mike!

The tray will make an excellent storage area for Ritz Crackers ;^)


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

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 11:43 PM

well , well .
another excellent journey to the fun side ,

as always , a worthwhile trip .
your work , and your blogs ,
are well done ,
not rare or burnt ,
just right .
thanks michael ,

it’s always good to see ,
how you yanks do things !

-- 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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#3 posted 07-16-2010 11:48 PM

Another superb job! Hey Mike, Did David call you a Yankee? Doesn’t he realize that’s blasphemous in Red Sox Nation? Just kidding David. I realize your reference is to our geographic region.

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

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#4 posted 07-17-2010 12:14 AM

Lookin good ! Alot of work. Your wooden hinges always look great also. I saw the poor mans Japanes saw in Lowes the other day…it was in kit form in two different parts of the store.

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#5 posted 07-17-2010 12:18 AM

I have been watching you… and am inspired to make my own timber hinges… which I have now done… not at nice as yours but they work… will post soon… they are on a dart board cabinet..
thanks for all your posts…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 07-17-2010 02:15 AM

Great progress Mike.

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#7 posted 07-17-2010 04:08 AM

Box looks great overall but those hinges look really caught my eye! Nicely done.

-- -- Mike

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Bob Kollman

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#8 posted 07-17-2010 07:30 AM

Looking good Mike, I see another classic tool, that drill might get you
a couple hundred bucks on American Pickers!!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 07-17-2010 10:46 AM

great work there Mike
I´m looking forward to see it finished


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#10 posted 07-17-2010 01:13 PM

Great box, Mike!
I really like those trays… I also like the Ritz cracker look in the pictures!!!
The trays came out great!
Stay out of the heat!!!

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

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#11 posted 07-18-2010 02:26 AM

Thanks Everybody… :)
Lenny: That’s the first time I’ve ever been called a Yankee, geographic or otherwise… I’m guessing David is not a Baseball fan!! LOL
Larry: I’m looking forward to your hinges with breathless anticipation!! When are we going to see them?!
Bob K.: That’s a great program, huh? I think I like “Pawn Stars” better though… but I enjoy both of them…
Ellen: I work in a kitchen, remember? I enter the heat, I don’t keep out of it!!
The heat never really bothered me that much… until this year… I must be getting old… either that or it’s just plain HOT!! LOL

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

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#12 posted 07-18-2010 01:24 PM

The box is really nice Mike. The contrasting colored woods add a lot to it’s looks too. It’s nice to see that you are flexible when it comes to tools.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 08-01-2010 08:23 PM

I almost bought that saw. Box looks great, Mike. It’s nice to see a little twist from the usual.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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