Just for Fun... #92: and more Details...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-20-2014 12:38 PM 1840 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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9 days ago, we left off with one of the hinges needing a replacement top half…
The off-cut was not as sleek as the originals, but the new half should work…

As was said, this “Strapping” is going completely around… So attention then turned to the front, where “The Plan” is, for there to be Latches…
They begin with holes, much like the hinges…
(To my Australian Friend Robert: this image is especially for you… My one and only Brad Point Bit saw a lot of use on this Project!)

Unlike the Hinges the Latches were worked together, both going through the procedures at the same time, beginning with the marking out…
A quick template was made to mark out for the lever, and that was the first cutting done…

Then the profiles were cut, some fierce Scrolling… Care had to be taken, while the blade traveled through the open lever area…

The Levers themselves will be made from Yellow Heart and were marked using these parts, cut, and then file fitted…

The holes were transferred to the levers by simply putting them in place, re-drilling partially, then finishing what was begun…

One of the holes was out-sized to turn freely and the rest of the shape was marked and cut…
At the same time, the first pieces were cut to make the two fixed halves of the latch…

3/8” dowel was inserted, carefully, and the levers were worked with a file…
Until they worked…

Anyway, 9 days and they’re not even attached yet…
If I ever stopped fooling around (and having so much fun), maybe I could get something done…
Here’s one last one for posterity, in case they disintegrate when I go to put them on… :)

20 October 2014

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-20-2014 12:50 PM

Great build process blog. Thanks, Jim

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

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#2 posted 10-20-2014 12:57 PM

looking gooder michael

always nice to watch the process

you got us all with this banding
nice way to solidify the slats
and new ground is being explored
(treat yourself to a set of brad points)
can’t have enough it seems

-- 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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#3 posted 10-20-2014 01:05 PM

Magic :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 10-20-2014 01:09 PM

Doing what you do without plans amazes me Mike!

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

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#5 posted 10-20-2014 02:51 PM

Those are very cool Mike. Thnx for the picture blog

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

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#6 posted 10-20-2014 03:07 PM

mike this is really really cool, love seeing you manufacture , of coarse i do have to say watch for tearout when drilling, i learned all about that when i started making box joints, need to have a piece of wood behind…:) the latches though, this whole project will be one for the books, in fact you should write a small book on this build, and it should go where ever this box goes…keep on cutting…

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

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#7 posted 10-20-2014 03:21 PM

Very cool project!

-- Ed

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#8 posted 10-20-2014 03:29 PM

Cool! Your craftsmanship is second to none—very impressive work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 10-20-2014 03:39 PM

Mike, you are an absolute magician with that scroll saw.

Beautiful work!

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

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#10 posted 10-20-2014 07:43 PM

Unbelievable.. amazing work with a scroll saw, I hope you patted it fondly after completing the work.

The latches are a marvel of engineering and makes a me wonder what your cullinary skills produce with a meat band saw in the kitchen …just imagine it you order a steak and out comes a an eifel tower and surrounding garden vegies !!

I keep forgetting what you call the project? what is it again please?

Brad Points yep as David replied you cannot have enough of them, and you only have one, thats very sad as it will be lonely and pineing for a mate.

I feel so sorry for it I am going to send you a companion brad point ASAP…. what size is it and I hope its not that old fashioned stuff which was known as fractions or inches… I think from memory it was called. I will have to go look it up.

Again amazing results keep up the good work.

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 10-20-2014 08:18 PM

Very cool hinges Mike and I love the latch. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 10-20-2014 08:37 PM

Mike, what fun to follow the process in pictures and sequence. I know this type of posting takes a great deal of time and patience (as do the hinges and latches you made for this pirate chest), but it was easy to follow and fun to read.

I have found that blogs don’t get a lot of reader numbers, and if you put an index with links to the tutorial posts on your next project post you will have more eyes directed to this excellent blog. You put so much effort into this tutorial that it would be nice if those not on your buddies list can also find it and the other such postings. I have begun doing a cumulative index with my postings and have had good feedback. You might consider the same thing. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 10-20-2014 10:29 PM

Looks good Mike!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 10-21-2014 12:13 AM

Mike, The latches are inspired! The whole chest is a work of art. You do stuff with the scrollsaw that I never dreamed of.

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

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#15 posted 10-21-2014 05:18 AM

Thanks Everybody…
When this Project was commissioned and “banding” was suggested, my first thought was, “strictly ornamental”...
But second thought made me think of Steamer Trunks… If you look at the construction of the old trunks, you’ll discover that there is nothing to them, the wood used was as thin as cardboard, the bands thin sheet metal, all held together wit a host of furniture tacks.. Insignificant materials, by themselves…
But the trunks are the sum of their parts and together they are impressively strong… So the idea was, to borrow the general construction technique of the old trunks…
Anyway, it was a short stretch after that, to incorporate the hinges and latches into the Bands as well… It’s true, that there are no plans per se, but that doesn’t mean there is no planning! Indeed, a lot of time is spent just staring at the thing, trying to figure where it’s going next…
Currently, “Next” is to attach these, then complete the strapping around the bottom… The bottom banding will also act as the “feet” of the thing, so again, will be more than just decoration…
Only one Detail will be left after that, and then it will be off to the finishing department, where there is another quandary…Polyurethane is the usual go-to product at this Shop, but the smell associated with it is a concern this time…
I’ll cross that bridge when it’s reached though…
Thanks again my Friends…

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

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