Just for Fun... #58: I Had to Find Out...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 12-31-2011 11:41 PM 2885 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The week before Christmas, one of the waitresses at work told me of a customer who had come in and asked about the Signs and the Comments Box in the Restaurant… Who made them? Can the person make more or different ones?
It seems the lady wanted a sign made for Christmas
Beverly the waitress told her who I am, and when I work, and that she could speak to me on Friday… But the Lady never called…
I told my Girl Debbie about it, and how I would have told the Lady that it was too short of a notice… I frequently take longer than a week just applying the finish!!
And then, Debbie asked me a couple of those startlingly, crystal clear questions…
“Are you up and running Michael?”
“Could you even do that?”
I simply had to find out, and I figured what better way to do it, than to make a small box…
Truth be told, I was not nearly as “up and running” as I thought!!
It took some creative “extension cording” to power up the machines, and to provide workable lighting… and I’m still trying to find some of the “Favorite” tools… but I persisted…
I found the remnant of Imbuia that Brother David, the Patron, had sent me a while ago, and plowed out some Dadoes with the Table Saw…Seeing if I can...

Table Saw running… Check…
Cut some Finger (or Box) Joints using the Scroll Saw and the Drill Press…Cutting some finger joints...

Scroll Saw, Drill Press… Check, Check…
As I find things, I have to get them operational, one by one… including one of the most important tools of all…One of the most important tools in the Shop...
Pencil Sharpener… Check…
With a little bit of tweaking with a file, the box sides went up… I use masking tape on them so I can see the marks on this dark wood…Three sides fitted...Ready for panels...
File and Hands… Check, Check…

Next came the top and bottom… I could have done a raised panel, but I wanted to re-visit the way I began making them… and take it another step…
To that end, I cut some strips of Poplar and some of Mahogany… Cut and sanded Strips of Mahogany and Poplar

After making a template, I alternated the strips and cut them outMarked and ready to cut...
These are not glued together. They’ll be free floating in the box and can expand or contract as much as they’d like…
Did I mention that this is Fun? :)This is fun...

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

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 11:49 PM

I really like the layout idea, Mike!

(Whispering.. zero clearance insert) ;^)


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

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 12:00 AM

Liking the stripes, Mike. Good to see you making again.

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

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 12:01 AM

Mike you are amazing with your creations! I guess this proves you’re up and running…just keep on having fun with woodworking.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 12:14 AM

That Table Saw won’t have a ZCI Lew…
The opening and screw arrangement are all wrong for it… :-(
Thanks Martyn, it’s good to be making again!!
Thank You too Lorna!! I do enjoy the heck out of it…

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

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 01:16 AM

Great to see you back in the saddle again… making boxes!
All’s right with the world…

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

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Bob Kollman

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#6 posted 01-01-2012 01:35 AM

Scroll girl would be proud of your persistent use of the scroll saw!!!!
It is fun to hammer out a project as fast as you can, I am never happy
until I see the end result. Some times I think I should have went slower
when the end result is dog food!!!

I like the free floating bottom to your box, nice design layout. Looks
like your ready for the sign lady if she comes back!!!! A word about
lighting, a lot of people it seems hate the squiggly new bulbs that have
come out, in my basement shop it seems that those bulbs work excellent
and seem brighter, this has been a big help in sanding and finding wood
flaws before I go to finishing.

Hasppy New Year Everyone!!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 01-01-2012 02:53 AM

Love the lid Mike…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 01-01-2012 03:58 AM

Just like you never missed a beat.
Good to see that Mike.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#9 posted 01-01-2012 05:06 AM

Very glad to see you creating cool stuff again (and I appreciated the tape tip so you can see the marks). Why didn’t I think of that? Hang in there partner, you are overdue for something good to happen. In the meantime, make some more cool ‘Littlecope’ boxes. Your scrollsawed box joints and hinges blow me away.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Dan'um Style

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#10 posted 01-01-2012 07:26 AM


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

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#11 posted 01-01-2012 03:48 PM

Great work as usual Mike. It looks like you have moved to a new place. I just go check your home page to see what’s been going on.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-01-2012 07:14 PM

Happy New Year Everybody… :)

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

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#13 posted 01-01-2012 07:36 PM

Happy new Year Mike, great looking box, you are very good at it. Bet the lady loves it. God Bless.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 01-01-2012 10:41 PM

great to see a floating…....err .. flying finale in the old year from you :-)
niw you realy get startet to come back on the track but remember
a steamengine has to start slow before it can come to full speed
keep up the power Mike and Deppie

happy new year

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#15 posted 01-03-2012 10:33 PM

Sweet Mike!
And I love that pencil sharpener.
Best thoughts my friend,

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

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