Just for Fun... #49: Ever Forward...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-07-2011 11:33 PM 1827 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 48: Of Box Panels and Getting Sidetracked... Part 49 of Just for Fun... series Part 50: Wow, Fifty?! »

If you recall, I left off in the last episode with two panels cut to size for the latest box…Two panels-to-be...
The plan is to make simple raised panels out of these with the table saw. At first, I was thinking of trying this a different way, involving a sliding board, with the pieces seriously clamped to it… but I didn’t have the right board handy, and was too lazy to knock together an elaborate jig…
So I went with the way I’ve been doing it, with the “Tall” fence and a sacrificial Zero-clearance simulator clamped to the saw…The panel cutting set-up...

With a push-stick, and working carefully, it can be done…First panel cut...

Then came the moment of truth… Up until now, I had no idea whether these were cut right, because they were too thick to fit in the grooves…
Tension, concern…
But all my worrying was for naught!!Dry fitting...

I’m well-pleased with the way that worked out… using that new cross-cut sled really helped in this process…

This next picture doesn’t illustrate a thing… I just thought it was a cool angle…Next: give the sides some shape...

Next was to shape the sides a little… I had an old cut-off that I had saved that was perfect for tracing onto the long sides, and I made up a smaller version for the short sides… It’s a very traditional design…Marking for cut-outs on sides...

It took barely ten minutes to cut those out with the scroll saw…After cutting the sides...

Then I parted the top from the bottom, cutting the sides one by one on the SS…After parting, top from bottom...
But now I’ve put myself in a box, so to speak, and broken one of my unwritten “rules”... I like to try to sand as I go, but I didn’t this time…
Now I’m faced with sanding all the parts before I can move on to the next steps… When will I ever learn?!

Anyway, you might have noticed that “littlecope” has grown a good deal littler!! I was looking through some of my Grandparents old photographs, pictures that I’ve never seen, and came across this old gem…September 7, 1959
Happily, Granddad was a stickler for dating his pix, and this one was taken three days after my first birthday, in 1959…
This Avatar probably won’t last long, it doesn’t translate well to the “Small Screen”, but I was getting tired of my “Mugshot”... I’ve got to have a new one taken… :)

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

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#1 posted 06-07-2011 11:41 PM

Cool idea for the Zero Clearance…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 11:46 PM


Great picture. For your avitar, just crop everything but the face…

Nice progress on the box. It’s going to be very nice when completed.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 11:47 PM

that’s one serious shot of you
in the slickest wagon i ever saw

is this where you got all your interest in boxes from

nice scalloping on the box

-- 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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#4 posted 06-08-2011 12:22 AM

Larry: It works for me because I don’t have a choice… I tried to put a “normal” one on this saw, but the screw holes are recessed (I’d have to make risers) and the screws go into plastic anyway… It would be only a matter of time before I stripped them…
Herb: That’s a good idea!! Which one? This one…
Or this one…?
David: That is a dandy, isn’t it? That’s Brother Steve’s “Red Ragon” and is still around… Somewhere…
I’m not sure if it’s still got its’ stake sides though… I do remember that it was a heavy one to pull!!

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

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#5 posted 06-08-2011 02:49 AM

That look. I can just read your mind, “when I grow up I am going to be a LumberJock”

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

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#6 posted 06-08-2011 03:50 AM

Nice raised panels, Mike!!

Mine always have burn marks that need a LOT of sanding!


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

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#7 posted 06-08-2011 12:38 PM

Nice work Mike.
You look great in red! And… you haven’t changed a bit!!!

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

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#8 posted 06-08-2011 03:21 PM

nice work Mike :-)
and thankĀ“s for sharing the picture of you :-)


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#9 posted 06-08-2011 06:43 PM

Nice work with the raised panel and scallop tops Mike. If I were in a wagon at that age it would probably be a covered wagon, lol. Maybe you should find it and do a restoration?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-08-2011 09:14 PM

Wonderful photo Mike, you are jut too sweet!
And what a fine box you are making, it makes me happy to see it come to life.
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 06-09-2011 02:51 AM

Mike I admire the way you can figure a way to produce a great project with a minimum of power tools and a maximum of ingenuity!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#12 posted 06-10-2011 08:47 AM

Nice raised panel, the box looks good.

Classic wagon shot, 1959 was a good year for cadillacs too.:)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 06-10-2011 08:29 PM

Good work, Mike. I always dread doing beveled tops like yours. You’re better at those than me. Well done. Looking good so far.

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

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#14 posted 06-11-2011 05:15 AM

Great work , looks nice . nice photo also .

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