Just for Fun... #93: End in sight...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-26-2014 12:59 PM 1390 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last Friday came and went, and with it my sixth year anniversary on LJ’s…
It has been quite a six years… While some tools and machines have found their home here, changing some of the methods, enjoyment and fun have not changed… The happiest time, is still found in the Shop…
But it has also been Good Fun to have found some Great Folks, willing to follow along with my ramblings about the adventures, and for that I’d like to offer my heartfelt appreciation…

Anyway, with the Latches made for the current “Mystery Project”, it was only left to attach them…

Two different sizes of dowel pins were needed and the deed was accomplished with relatively little fanfare…

A good deal of Rasp and File fitting was required after that, including the bottom of the Latch and Hinge lengths, which had to be brought down flush…

The off-cuts from the various parts have proved invaluable on this project, enabling the piece to be held at least semi-securely for the different procedures…
To complete the wrap-around banding or strapping, a couple more strips were sawn and planed…

This was literally straight-forward stuff…
One of the bands was planed down to just proud of the lip around the bottom… That way, these bands/feet will be carrying the whole weight of the box to the bottom (which was 1/2” Ply)... The Chest will essentially “float” on it’s bottom…
The two Strips were cut to the two different lengths and then pinned in place, completing the Cherry’s circuits around the Chest… Here, the very last dowel pin is about to be set…

When these were being pinned in place, notice was made of just how much dowel had been used!
Four 4’ lengths of 1/8” dowel had been purchased at the beginning, and what’s left is most of one, so nearly 13’ of it…

In the same vein, The Yellowheart shrank some, but the Cherry very nearly vanished…

There is a little more clean-up yet to do (and a personalized detail) but the Chest should be in the Finishing Department within the next few days…
Though two pages have been removed from the Calendar since it was started, the actual work time has only been in the neighborhood of 40 hours…

Thanks for coming along for the ride… :)

26 October 2014

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

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 01:26 PM

Very cool Mike.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 01:35 PM

Nice work as always Mike.
And congratulations on your 6th Anniversary.
It has been fun following along on your adventure.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 01:50 PM

Wonderful work on this unique box/chest Mike. The latches are truly original and I bet they work very well too. I’ve been enjoying your work and words for the last 5-1/2 years since I joined LJ and I look forward to enjoying them for many more years to come.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-26-2014 01:56 PM

Very impressive and nice 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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#5 posted 10-26-2014 02:19 PM

The latches are very unique and the whole chest an adventure in craftsmanship. Thanks for taking us along.

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

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#6 posted 10-26-2014 02:57 PM

great ‘hat trick’ michael

you kept us all on the edge
with the mystery of this build

this sure looks good
and what a learn for us all

well done

-- 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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#7 posted 10-26-2014 03:44 PM

Well done Mike. I am still in awe of those latches. Outstanding ingenuity!

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

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#8 posted 10-26-2014 03:51 PM

Nice latches, Mike. I love the brick walls in your shop. What a nice backdrop for you project photos!!!!!

Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.............Jim

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

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#9 posted 10-26-2014 04:17 PM

Awesome, Mike!

After all this work, it’ll be difficult to part with this piece!

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

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#10 posted 10-26-2014 05:22 PM

I like everything about this project, Mike! Well done, sir!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 10-26-2014 06:06 PM

This is a well titled blog – I have had fun watching this project! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 10-26-2014 08:42 PM

just only a few words really describe your box mike, i’m truly impressed with the work and skills you have shown here this box really sets the tone for skills and excellence , thanks for bringing us along, i’m wanting to make some boxes for my children for christmas and you have really inspired me to really put my skills to work here…

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

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#13 posted 10-27-2014 05:56 AM


Congratulations for the 24th, eight years of wood working good effort.

The Chest is a work of art! what are you going to keep in it?

-- Regards Robert

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#14 posted 10-27-2014 07:01 AM

Minus 2 lets not add two years you do not need adding!

-- Regards Robert

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#15 posted 10-28-2014 01:31 PM

interesting solution and performances!


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