Just for Fun... #89: The Lid (Part Three)...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 09-29-2014 05:59 PM 1838 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And, happily, the last part!
You are probably as tired as I am of looking at this thing… Though very little has actually been produced here, 12 hours of Work and almost two weeks time have been consumed by this one detail!
Anyway, we left off with all but one of the slats cut at the appropriate angles…

The process of pegging these on with wooden doweling was a simple one, but care was needed!
Each Slat was first given a quick but thorough sanding…

Most of them had been passed over the Joiner already, but not all… So a couple quick, last passes were administered…

How about that Push Stick?!
Mine seem to grow (or shrink?) by osmosis, rather than by design… Any scrap is a candidate, but this one appealed because of the hole that was already cut in it…
Before I used it for this, it had to be refined… The “Piece Gripping” section had to made into an “innie” rather than an “Outie”...

Much, much better and Safer! It doesn’t do, to have the thing rocking when work is being pushed into the Joiner…

Where was I?
Oh yeah, each slat had to next be cut to length… Measured by placing into position, marking and cutting…

As you can see, I’m a ways along here, and yet another little side job is revealed…
The slats didn’t want to behave and stay straight, so a quick form was made to try to convince them…

Slipped inside, it helped a lot, and will help in the ensuing steps as well…

Next, the Peg Factory was given the order to go into production…

Cut to length on the Scroll Saw, I like to sand the corners of both ends… One side so that it fits the pre-drilled holes, and the other so that it hopefully doesn’t split when being tapped in…
And then it’s off to the “Pegging Station”, Drill, Hammer, Awl, Slats and Pegs…

Work around until the last one, which had the same ubiquitous 2° on one side, but a different angle on the other to match the long box side…
Fit in place, marked, and then cut, it too was doweled into place… with a couple of extra dowels into the long sides for assurance…

And there you have it except, of course, for the additional steps of removing excess Dowels…

Phew, Glad that’s done! Plenty more to be done on this Project, but that phase is over…
Next on the Agenda is the wooden hardware, a role in which the Cherry I bought will play the Lead… :)

29 September 2014

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

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 06:55 PM

Looks terrific Mike. I was a little surprised you didn’t glue the top slats together. No criticism meant, just wondered why.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 09:40 PM

Looking good, Mike!........jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-30-2014 12:28 AM

I too wondered about not gluing the top slats to each other?

But I remain impressed with how the angles fit together.

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

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 01:17 AM

me too

if needed
you can bend some strips inside
and a glue line in the middle of them
so it doesn’t run out the edges

or take that form you made
and cut the top of it into curved slats across
to do that since it already fits there

proud of you michael

‘you’ve come a long ways baby’

-- 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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#5 posted 09-30-2014 01:59 AM


I really like the way you used pegs instead of metal fasteners.

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

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#6 posted 09-30-2014 07:42 AM

You sure do some fine work !

Hey I think I have just found that pushbike thats been missing for years !!

Push block is A OK too !

What did you say the project was again?

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 09-30-2014 01:30 PM

Mike its looking awesome ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 09-30-2014 01:32 PM

Man, I guess I should have glued it, to keep you guys Happy…
I thought of gluing it too and had two visions… One, of the nightmare of cleaning up the squeeze out on the inside…
The other vision involved me somehow figuring a way to hold them all (even the warped ones) “Right” for the glue-up… Then going to bed, and waking up to find them not only back the way they were but now permanently glued that way…
All the Cards haven’t been played yet my Friends… There is a step approaching that should alleviate your concerns!

But first, there is some whittling to be done…

Robert: So far, I can only call it the Mystery Project… but it does look kind of boxish… :)

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

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#9 posted 09-30-2014 11:42 PM

OK I thought I may as well try.

Hey is there a reward for finding your bike!

I would like to buy you some forstner bits !!

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 10-02-2014 05:57 AM

Very nice job Mike!

-- 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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#11 posted 10-04-2014 04:00 PM

I’ll never get tired of looking at your builds man.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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