Just for Fun... #38: A Few Details...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 11-23-2010 03:10 AM 1442 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What with working all weekend, I didn’t get more than a few hours to work on the suggestion box. But I did manage to get a few important details out of the way…
The first, was one that I approached with the most trepidation, the cutting of the slot. I wanted it to be slightly tapered from outside to inside… so I tilted the table of the scroll saw and made the two cuts… from the bottom side…Cutting Slot
It worked out just fine and the sample card fits with room to spare…The SlotCard fits with room to spare...
The second detail, was a quick one, but very important. One of the requirements of this job was that the box be wall-hung, so I had to drill and countersink for screws…Holes for hanging drilled and countersunk
The last detail was the cutting and gluing of the lettering, which is pretty straight-forward, but time-consuming…Working on letters"Comments" cut out"Comments" glued on...
I’ve got the next three days off, and am hoping to wrap this up this week, but we shall see… The next step is uncharted water, a wooden hasp… hmmm… ????
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all (and to all of yours!!) a very Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving!! Enjoy the Day and Be Safe, my Friends!! :)

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

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#1 posted 11-23-2010 03:17 AM

Man, Mike, I wish I had your talent with the scroll saw. You constantly amaze me.


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

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 03:30 AM

well done once again michael

what does your suggestion card say
as you are the first one to use it

yours will be the last one read 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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#3 posted 11-23-2010 03:36 AM

Nice job so far. I wouldn’t worry too much about the wooden hasp. I have made wooden hinges and it takes a only a bit of layout and practice. Your scroll saw may make the process easier. I cut mine by hand and have to cut extra pieces to get them to fit.

I’ll be waiting for the finished product. I may even have some “comments” at that time.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 11-23-2010 03:47 AM

Thanks, Lew, but I’m just using a useful tool usefully… there’s no real trick to it…
David, they gave me a sample card, but didn’t trust me with a pencil or pen…
I gave the boss the link here, so that she could follow along on this build… I think she was impressed!! :)
Thank You too, Don!!

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

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 04:07 AM

Mike, You are going all out on this!! :-)) Lookin’good. have a great Thanksgiving too!!

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

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 04:29 AM

Thanks, Bob… We’re going over to some Friends’ House this year, and I don’t even have to cook!!... I like that part… :)

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

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 07:59 AM

Mike, it’s comming out really good. I like the “comment” cut out.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 08:06 AM

Mike you cut out letters better than I can write them!!!!
Thank goodness for computers and word processors!!!!
Three days in the shop is pretty good- means the box
will be ready day after thanks giving. Have a Happy
Thanksgiving Day…. :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 11:05 AM

Its coming together well, Mike. Beautiful scroll work. What kind of finish were you thinking of using?

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

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#10 posted 11-23-2010 01:08 PM

Thanks Again, Everybody…
Bob K.: While Computers are certainly something to be thankful for, in this case, I’m the word processor!! I do them the old fashioned way, with carbon paper, a pattern, and some “Real” cutting and pasting. I wrote about the process a while ago here...
The cutting doesn’t take that long. This time, it took a little less than a 1/2 hour…
Martyn: I’ll probably use wipe-on Poly because I already have some and it’s predictable as… well… paint. I’d like to try Deft Shellac again soon. I had good success with it in my old sign-making days… but it’s rather expensive!! We shall see… :)

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

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#11 posted 11-23-2010 01:41 PM

This is soooo nice, Mike! It will probably get more “comments” than are placed in the box!!
Happy T-giving to you too!

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

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#12 posted 11-24-2010 03:12 PM

Great job Mike! Happy Thanksgiving!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 11-24-2010 08:04 PM

It’s comin’ along great, Mike. The back piece in the forth pic looks like it was a fun one to lay out. It also looke like you did a fantastic job on scrolling the “Comments”.
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#14 posted 12-03-2010 02:04 PM

Cool Mike, soon there will be full of sweet words in that box.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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