Just for Fun... #90: Get a Grip!

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-02-2014 03:08 AM 2152 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So the final details have begun on this Mystery Project…
As was said at the end of the last blog, the Cherry that was purchased will be the story here, it is to be used for all of the Hardware and Trim…
First it had to be squared and Planed…

Since this Box is kinda large, I thought it would be a good idea to give it handles on either end, the easier to lift it with… While the block of Cherry was still whole, I thought to try some things…
First, a mortice was marked and chiseled out…

Finally got a chance to try out those Chisels I bought last year… They are a pretty set, but a little small in the hand…
And the handles come a little too much to a point… It doesn’t matter on my mallet (it has seen some abuse!) but on a decent mallet these, I’m sure, would make fine divots…
Moral of the Story: There is none… I’m happy and Proud to own them! But when there’s work to be done, I’ll reach for my old Mortising Chisel…

Anyway, a Mortise was made in the wood and then the Handle idea was drawn around it…

That section was cut away on the Band Saw to facilitate some Scroll Saw cutting, and then back to the Band Saw for the final cut…

Which gave me the World’s Smallest Dug-out Canoe…

It won’t do for the Water, but will do it’s intended purposes…

Simple and easy, right?
And it only took four hours to get here… :)

1 October 2014

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

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#1 posted 10-02-2014 03:58 AM

Looks like you have got a handle on it all, maybe you do not need those forstner bits after all!

Nice work!

Any mice watching will be disapointed !!

-- Regards Rob

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 10-02-2014 12:00 PM

I’m thinking there ain’t gonna be any metal in this project!!

You are on your way!
Cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 10-02-2014 01:36 PM

Well that’s one way to make very cool handles! Looks like a LOT of work but as usual they turned out just right.

I didn’t see these coming when you chopped that big hole!

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

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#4 posted 10-02-2014 01:51 PM

Way Cool, Mike!!

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

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#5 posted 10-02-2014 03:11 PM

you seem to cope with the details well

keep up the good work

looking good

-- 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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#6 posted 10-02-2014 03:40 PM

mike this is coming along very nicely, i love the handle, and yes, some of the simplest things you think go quickly…NOT…but gosh its all in the fun ….and when you’re done, you have a piece that has a lot of you into it and where it goes only the builder knows….

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

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#7 posted 10-02-2014 03:50 PM

i also remember a cartoon with a character named chopper, was kind of a beastly dog if i remember it right….as this was done i could see you had a handle on things and that it wood turn out as you had planned…i don’t know where i was headed with this post but now i’m feeling sorta boxed in with my thoughts, so saying this i think i will just put a lid on this and go my peaceable way…

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

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#8 posted 10-02-2014 07:20 PM

Two for the price of one. Great work Mike.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-03-2014 02:24 AM

Thanks Guys for taking the time, and for your comments…
Jim, there’s no metal and no glue either… and except for as a straightedge, I haven’t used a ruler… :)

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

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#10 posted 10-03-2014 04:59 AM

this is caveman 101 wooworking folks, mike is the best is showing how to use handtools for making his projects,,,i love it mike,,,and i know you learned so much from your dad…dont mean to stir the heart but i sure do miss my dad, and i can bet so do you mike…well didnt mean to do this,,,ill get my handtools all rusty…i am so enjoying this build,

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

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#11 posted 10-05-2014 12:20 AM

Get a grip… OH, you got two… LOL

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

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