Just for Fun... #64: A Return to It...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 08-01-2012 11:57 AM 2373 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally have had a chance to have some Fun! We’ve been so busy, trying to turn our new apartment into our Home, that there has been no opportunity for Shop-work other than repairs…
But I had some scrap maple…
And the shop is at least usable…
And Boxes are always a blast to make…
And sometimes, you just gotta make something
So I began in the usual fashion, plowing out some dadoes in the Maple… Beginning of a couple new boxes...

It’s on my mind to make two boxes out of these pieces, but one has jumped way ahead in the process…
I first marked them for finger joints and began cutting them out. I returned to an idea I had to configure the joints so that the internal dadoes were covered. This idea had been abandoned because I never found a really good way to mark the pieces for it… I still don’t have one…The finger cutting begins...

After cutting all of those, and fitting them together, I searched around for some suitable panel material for the top and bottom… Brother David, the Patron, had sent me some Mahogany a couple years back; these should work…Mahogany for top and bottom panels...

Just for fun, I whittled them down to size with the old Fulton Plane… It’s a heavy thing, but works well… Planing panel ends to size...And the sides...

Sides, Top, Bottom… This should be ready to go together, right?Ready to go together, right?

Not so fast!! In my haste to “get on with it”, there is a step I almost always neglect, and almost always wish that I had done… I want to ease the inside edges of the sides, where they meet the panels… There is also this… this box is going to be a little one, and the sides (at 1/2”) are a tad thick… so I resolved to chamfer the edges inside and out…
I closed up the box, and marked for the end stops…Using a spacer, to mark the ends of the chamfers...

And then for the depths…Carpenter's Square used to mark the depth...All marked, top and bottom...

With them all marked, it’s a simple matter to tilt the scroll saw table and rough them out…Fun at the Scroll Saw...

After some filing and sanding action I re-assembled the box… I'll close it up next...
If you’ve looked closely at the finger joints, you’ve probably noticed that one of them is slightly bigger… It’s my intention to use the Table Saw to part the the lid off of this one, and the Saw’s kerf has to be allowed for…

But that will be for another day’s Fun… :)
1 August 2012

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

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-01-2012 12:11 PM

Coming along well Mike. I really liked the way you relieved the top sides and ends. It creates a stylish appearance. A great detail. Without stopped bottom and top grooves you will always get a hole after the box joints are assembled, but I don’t think many will notice a glued in insert anyway. I do it that way myself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-01-2012 12:11 PM

Looking good, Mike. Good to see you back enjoying some box making.

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

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#3 posted 08-01-2012 12:26 PM

Nice Mike , some fine touch with the chamfers too ! Good to see you working…. enjoy !!

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 01:30 PM

Nice to see the process so detailed, Mike! I always enjoy seeing your step-by-step pictures. I think we all learn a lot from seeing how others do the job. Thanks for taking the time posting too. I think the chamfers are a really nice touch, too! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 08-01-2012 01:48 PM

And sometimes, you just gotta make something… ”—So true, so true!

Mike, you continue to amaze me with what you can do with the scroll saw!!

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

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#6 posted 08-01-2012 02:16 PM

Looking good Mike. I am happy to hear you are getting some shop time.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 08-01-2012 02:30 PM

nice new work michael

and it is good to see you
back in therapy

we have missed you

-- 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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Bob Kollman

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#8 posted 08-01-2012 02:32 PM

Mike, looking good, I’m glad you you are settling in and getting some free time!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 08-01-2012 10:42 PM

I know the feeling of trying to get in some fun in the shop but with so many things around the new house, you end up doing little jobs until you want to scream!
I moved into my new house 2 weeks ago… My shop is cleaner than it has ever been… much to my chagrin!

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

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#10 posted 08-01-2012 11:18 PM

Good to hear from you. You are refreshed with energy and the result can be seen in your work. I thought at first that you will be making a hinge corner box using your boxjoint… somewhat a reversible sides using grooved pin (Paul and Martyn were successful on that way). At anyrate, I learned again from you in terms of box joint. I am looking forward to your wooden hinges again… you are an expert in this field.
God bless,

-- Bert

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#11 posted 08-02-2012 01:40 AM

You do more different things with that scroll saw! I’m always amazed. Can’t wait to see what hinges you will create for this one. No pressure:>)

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

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#12 posted 08-02-2012 01:46 AM

glad to see you having some wood fun again, nothing like a box to sooth ones soul, and better yet, make it and give it away…....good work mike…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 08-05-2012 06:58 PM

I’m always glad to see you take time for a new project. Nice work as usual Mike.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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