Just for Fun... #48: Of Box Panels and Getting Sidetracked...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-03-2011 04:18 AM 2962 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I had some spare time and managed to get a little bit of work done on the next part of my latest box, the raised panels…
If you recall, I had procured a couple of Oak drawer sides from my folk’s house, and given them a quick, rough sanding…After two minutes of rough sanding...
Next was to size them… I first squared them on one side, clamped up the box sides, then took a size from them for the width…Trimming drawer side of "waste"...Box clamped for measuring...Measuring width with calipers...
It was then a simple matter, to transfer the size to the saw… and cut them to width…Transfering measurements to saw...Cut to width...
Next was the length, for these panels-to-be… and it was here that I got sidetracked…
I have a home-made miter gauge but it sets off alarm bells in my mind…The Sled beats the hell out of this thing!!
Ordinarily, I’ve always just used a square, marked them, and cut them on the scroll saw… I can cut a pretty straight line, but it’s never exact and it bugs me…
I don’t have a Radial Arm Saw for this… Hmmm… What to do???
Well, I’ve wanted a cross-cut sled for the Table Saw since the first time I saw one, so I figured it was as good a time as any to make one…
I took my first cuts out of my ””Mini Wood Gloat from so long ago, a couple of small strips for runners… It’s unquestionably Cherry…Time to build something I've needed...
And then I cut a couple of wider pieces for the uprights…Cutting two wder pieces for quick shop project...
Small saw, small sled, and I found a piece of particle board that ought to work for the base of this thing… The runners are just a little proud of the table, so I gave them a bead of glue, referenced the base to the Table’s edge and glued them together in place… My handy old Boat anchor made a good weight for this step…Gluing the Base to the Runners...
After about an hour, I flipped it over, and tacked the runners on with some small brads… Then glued the uprights in place and weighted them, for another impatient hour…Gluing the sides to the base...
It’s probably overkill, but I then screwed four 1 3/4” screws into each upright from the bottom… two on either end and two on either side of where the saw blade will ultimately go…Screwing through the bottom, into the sides...
Nothing left, but to try the thing… I grabbed a bit of scrap, slid it through, checked the cut with the old Starrett, and it’s Dead-Bang on!! I love when that happens!!First test cut...
I’m probably going to add some thin braces to the top of the sled later, but I wanted to at least get the panels cut to length today… I squared one side and then cut them to length… Easy as Pie… Why didn’t I do this sooner?!Two panels-to-be...
I won’t know whether these were cut to the right dimensions until I make them into raised panels… but that’s a story for another day… :)Cut to size, ready to be turned into raised panels...

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

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 04:57 AM

Mike, looks like a great start on another one of your boxes.
Just a comment about your cross-cut-sled. You are probably are going to do this later, but don’t forget to add safety features on that sled. For some ideas, type in ‘cross cut sled’ in the search area.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 05:12 AM

now you can enjoy sledding year around

great shop tool
for angles i cheat
i just tack a strip at the angle i need
and run my end trim or tapper to it

this is a version of a quick sled
but shows the possibility’s

-- 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 06-03-2011 09:04 AM

nothing like homemade tools Mike :—))

add a saftybox and raised handle on the near end and enjoy instead of cutting thump´s :-)

take care

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Bob Kollman

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 09:57 AM

Your all set Mike, the sled is my favoruite table saw tool!!!!

If you ever see that guy Mark, on the show wood werks….

That guy has sleds big enough to rip cut on….Great tool!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#5 posted 06-03-2011 01:02 PM

Great job, Mike.
Glad to see you getting some woodworking time.

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

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#6 posted 06-03-2011 08:14 PM

Thanks Everybody…
Working in a kitchen all these years, has given me an appreciation and respect for sharp blades…
I’ll try to be careful…

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

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#7 posted 06-03-2011 11:03 PM

What is the phrase, “necessity is the mother of invention”....?! Another great job Mike. It’s amazing what you create in your small shop!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#8 posted 06-04-2011 01:25 AM

Great sled, Mike!

Love the re-purposed boat anchor! I have a foot long piece of railroad rail that I use like that.


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

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#9 posted 06-04-2011 11:18 AM

I too have had the sled & jig bug lately and the same ” why not sooner?” I made my crosscut sled from some nice 9 ply birch, the fences or handles from some birch countertop scraps just to see if I could do it and it works great! Then I made a spline cutting jig for box corners. Because the jig is 45 degrees to the table I have been able to do some work that would be dangerous or difficult without it. I saw Kent Sheppards example and am glad I used the T track slots for holding work stops or jigs, WAY faster than clamping! I also like Patrons Idea of tacking angled stops to the sled also you can see from his work how he can cut small parts safely! Oh and I made the track runners way long on the back of the main sled so they stop when they hit the end of the slots on the out feed table before the sawblade comes through the fence. Geesh OK I have to post some pic’s . Nice work Mike, as always!

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 06-06-2011 12:06 AM

Lew: A piece of Rail like you’ve got makes a nice mini-anvil too!! But you probably already knew that… ;-)
$tudie: It’s good to hear that you’re spending some time in your shop Scott, and I look forward to seeing the pictures!! It’s curious, that we work around these simple work-saver projects, putting them off for another day… rather than just building them and having them at the ready…
This little sled took under three hours and most of that was waiting for glue to dry… I’ve spent many times that, straightening out imperfect cuts!! All’s well that ends better though…

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

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 12:11 PM

Looking good Mike and even a sled made at the same project.
Glad to see the little box come to life now.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 06-08-2011 01:46 PM

It’s always great to get more out of your tools, and this was a great improvement Mike.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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