Just for Fun... #42: A Slow Start in 2011...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 01-29-2011 05:03 AM 1487 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 41: Another Fine Year... Part 42 of Just for Fun... series Part 43: Make Something!! »

... or, “How to make Something completely different from what you planned…”
Last month, just before Christmas, I was told that my Dad’s car was going to be sold. I asked the price, and it was a fair one, so I bought the car for Debbie and I…Before clearing the car yesterday...
Isn’t it a Beauty!! LOL… That boat-shaped thing in the snow, was my Father’s 1992 Volvo. He loved and babied it, so it’s in terrific shape for a vehicle nearly 20 years old. It’s now ours and, by now, you’re probably wondering what this all has to do with woodworking… Well, let me show you…
There is a hole in the console where I assume the CD player is supposed to go…I need a small drawer for the car...
Now that would be fine as a handy stash spot… I could put a cellphone there or a pack of smokes, maybe some change for tolls…
Except it’s open to the back, and anything put there falls irretrievably behind the dash!! My first thought was to make a small drawer, to keep things from getting lost. I had some Cherry that I had re-sawn that I thought would be appropriate…One of my early "practice" attempts at re-sawing
I cut a couple quick dadoes with the table saw in one of the pieces…A little Cherry, after cutting dadoes...
And in short order, I had a made a very small drawer to fit in the openingA small drawer or tray type of thing
I made my first Dovetail on this drawer, an embarrassing attempt, but a learning experience…Attempted a Dovetail... very badly...
I’ll return to dovetails, but I think I’ll try them on something a little larger next time!! For this tiny drawer, I returned to regular box joints…
But… the problem with drawers, is that when they fill up, the drawer either starts jamming or things start falling out the back… which was exactly what I was trying to avoid in the first place!!
Scratch the drawer idea… unless I put a lid on it??? And make it… a box…Small Drawer with lid added...Opened...
This might work…
But… the little knob that I added isn’t giving me enough leverage to pull the thing out of the hole in the console… I made it too tight of a fit…
So I had to saw the knob off, then made and added a serious pull out of some dark green Poplar…After changing the pull, and beginning to apply finish
A little shaping, some sanding, some finishing later, and I think I’ve arrived, though not where I had originally intended…After finishing
The incredible thing is, it actually fits too!!New Box in place...
I did have a happy coincidence on this… Lookee here what just fits in this little box!!Look what just fits inside...
Almost like it was planned…
If this is any indication of what kind of year it’s going to be, I can see myself trying to make tables… and ending up with chairs… :)

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

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 05:16 AM


You have just added more class to an already very classy car.

Nice job!!


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

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 06:12 AM

fun read Buddy!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 10:25 AM

Nice job Mike. Sorry to tell you about car prowls. Every low life in the US will be looking for that dollar bill ;-)) Think of all the Volvo windows that will be broken in the process :-))

-- 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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#4 posted 01-29-2011 10:33 AM

Leave it unlocked so they don’t have to break the windows…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 11:54 AM

Great Idea Larry!! Locks only keep honest people honest anyway, right??
The trouble with that… the criminal element aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed, and they would probably break the window long before they noticed that the door was open…
Thanks Lew, Dan, and Bob!!

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

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 02:25 PM

Fascinating little project Mike, and a very nice car.

Coincidentally we had one almost like it for a long time. It was a 1988 model purchased late in 1987. I drove it until 2008 when we bought a new car. The Volvo was still in such good condition that we gave it to my youngest son and he is still driving it and it is still in great condition! So I do believe you have a great car there and I hope you enjoy yours as much as we have enjoyed ours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 02:48 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention… you did it in stages!
Congrats on getting a car! You can’t go wrong with a Volvo – especially the older ones – my mother has a 21 yr old one that sits in the driveway. That’s great for you and Debbie… now you can come and visit us!

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

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 03:15 PM

so now you are half Swedish as a new Volvo owner …..LOL
what Modell number is it , normaly I can see it on distance but not thrugh snow…. :-)

that little plastic box shuold have been closed to the backunless someone cut it of
if it has been a Danish owned car I wuold have gessed by looking at the KM counter and that box
that it cuold have been used as a Taxi since the money-counter nearly always was placed there :-)

or the original Volvo-radio
if you want to keep it in tip-top chape then give the car a rust-treatment
and be aware of that Volvo´s rust place´s is those two sparewheel cases in the trunk
the front edge of the lid to the trunk and at the rear end across the car the round bottom part
that dive down from the end and under the trunk ,when you stand behind and look forward
and the first 1/4 on the doors from the bottom

congratulation with the car I´m sure it will enjoy you for many years if you just take care of it
if you have the right snow-tire on it you willbe amazed of what such a Swedish Tractor can go thrugh

have a nice weekend Debbie and Mike :-)

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#9 posted 01-29-2011 04:31 PM

May be a slow start, Mike but certainly a good one.

Those dovetails aren’t as easy as people would have you believe are they? Only really done hand cut ones once, on my old briefcase, that was enough for me. Give me a dovetail router bit any day.

Good buy on the car as well.

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

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#10 posted 01-29-2011 04:55 PM

Hi Mike,
Thank you for the wonderful story.
Yes you got some Rols Roys style on that dashboard now!
I might go as far as to call it ‘pling’.
Mike the pimp on the road in his wooden Volvo.
Big smile my dear Mike, nice project, and sweet idea.
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 01-29-2011 06:42 PM

Well done Mike & congrats on the car.

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#12 posted 01-29-2011 07:13 PM

Hey, you could start a business making these boxes for Volvo owners! Truly a labor of love. Nice box too!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#13 posted 01-29-2011 07:58 PM

Very cool, I love cherry, I love your box, I really like cherry boxes with dollar bills in them!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 01-29-2011 08:04 PM

DennisGrosen: Thanks for the advice on rust treatment… We’ll look into that… It is our intention, to continue it’s history of being babied. With any luck, it should last many years for us…
And, it is a Model 960…
Ellen: Hold that thought!! And we”ll see when we get a chance to come down and visit…
To Everyone: Thanks, and I gotta tell you… it’s pretty heartwarming to hear good reviews of Volvo’s, coming as they are, from around the World!!

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

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#15 posted 01-29-2011 08:09 PM

Years ago a friend of mine left his van in a park and ride when he met a fellow to go bid a job. When he got back, his tools were gone. Those were so bad at the time, people were buying junker cars to go to the park and ride because vandalism and prowls were so bad!! I think it is better now, but am not sure. The same thing was happening at trail heads when people went to hike in the national forest.

Last night on the evening news a local police agency was warning about leaving registration and insurance card in an unattended vehicle. Unfortunately, you are required by law to carry them with you. They said the low life community is using the info to do ID theft. If all they need is a valid name and address, why don’t they just use the phone book??

Out here that nice box in the dash would definitely be an attraction for prowlers. ;-((

-- 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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