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Part 1: The Beginning...

1788 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

So I’ve lived in the same two bedroom apartment for ten years now. The second bedroom is my workshop and has a closet that’s been my catch-all for anything that I don’t immediately know what to do with. Needless to say, it’s gotten to be a pretty scary place! A couple of weeks ago, I finally set myself a goal: to take out and sort one box a day until I could see the walls of the closet again…As is usual with such things, the longest journey begins with the first ...

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Part 2: Of Tops and Bottoms

1785 days ago by littlecope | 10 comments »

So when we last left the shop, we had four sides to this “Poor Man’s Box”, but no top or bottomIt’s not much of a box without a top or bottom, ha ha ha! I guess I’ll have to try to add some!The whole reorganization thing is giving forth first fruits, in that I was easily able to lay my hands on some scrap Mahogany strips that I might be able to use…Now I just need some slots or channels (whatever those things are called) to fit them into. It’s Table S...

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Part 3: Hey, there's a box here!

1780 days ago by littlecope | 9 comments »

These so called quick, knock off little jobs always seem to end up taking longer than expected! But Life and responsibilities call and can’t be ignored…and it’s all good, because the FUN is prolonged!!When we left this last, I had just marked the strips of Mahogany for the bottom panel.One night this week I took an hour and went ahead and cut them out and fitted them in the same manner as the top.I also marked and cut the top corners (sorry about the blurriness but this is a...

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Part 4: Winding down to the finish...

1777 days ago by littlecope | 13 comments »

When we left this last, the box proper was all but done.It’s time for the mundane, but important, little details. I’m sure the observant amongst you have noticed all the “bust outs” from when I used the table saw to mill slots for the top and bottom panels. You were probably LOL@ me! The next step addresses them.I have a plethora of small, cut-out, leftover fingersand begin by splitting them into approximate size with my little mini-froe; an old knife style paint chipp...

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Part 5: Strong to the finish

1772 days ago by littlecope | 4 comments »

There hasn’t been a lot to report on this lately. We’re talking finishing here and it’s pretty droll stuff.If you recall we left off hereNow my Dad had a great suggestion regarding the prominent “stripes” on the lid, which are, of course, merely leftover stain in the hollows of the contour. He said, “You ought to paint them. Paint them black. Shiny black..” And so I didI actually painted them again the following morning after this. The first coat just...

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Part 6: Here We Go Again...

1686 days ago by littlecope | 18 comments »

As I reported on my last project http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24395 my boxes are mostly all going out the door at Christmas time. It’s tough to see the little ones go, but it gives me ample opportunity to have some fun making more of them!! I need two right off the bat for what I like to call “Pocket Garages”, one for at work, one for at home. With one already made, I started the second one last night…For about two hours, give or take, I stared at this piece of popl...

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Part 7: A word or two about sanding...

1684 days ago by littlecope | 15 comments »

Those who read Part #6 will recall that two days ago I left off here…I went into the shop yesterday set to begin making the panels for this, the latest small box. But it was one of those days, and we’ve all had them, where my ambition level was at a low ebb… I didn’t have unlimited time to work either, other things to do, you know? But I did see something within my reach, with the time I had, namely, Sanding... There, I’ve gone and said it!! After reading numerou...

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Part 8: Of Pattern Making and Raised Panels

1680 days ago by littlecope | 12 comments »

It’s been a few days of inactivity. My work week precluded getting anything done in the shop. All I managed to find time for was tweaking the patterns for the next step. If you recall, after sanding I had a little time left to cut two preliminary patterns or templatesI did that in my usual fashion, inside calipers, pencil, and Grand Dad’s old photographic matte cutterSometimes I get very lucky and cut one that fits. Other times I get one that’s the right width and one that&#...

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Part 9: Back at it...

1664 days ago by littlecope | 10 comments »

It has been a while, but if you’ll recall, I left off the last segment with the panels for this small Poplar Box freshly cut and fitted.Of course, my Wood Working was interrupted over the last couple weeks, but while my Dad was still in the Hospital, after visiting him, I would come home and do a few things. I was far too distracted and preoccupied to go near the machinery, but the next steps were quiet ones and I took a few minutes to do them here and there…I actually put the box...

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Part 10: Some Assembly Required...

1659 days ago by littlecope | 11 comments »

After making the hinges and knob in Episode #9, it was time to return to the box again. I had taken the time to sand the sides as I went, so all that was left to sand were the panels. After that was done, I was left with a difficult choice. Both panels looked good as the top, and turned either way, forwards or backwards! I finally made the choice (probably the wrong one) and it was assembly time.Clamped one side, with the handle next to the desired corner…Then the Other…This whole...

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Part 11: Wrapping it up...

1656 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

Not much left to go here! We left off with the box in my make-shift box vise, with the hinges glued in place…I began yesterday by cutting and cleaning-up as many pegs as I’ll need to pin them on, in this case fourteen.Then I’ll measure to set the Drill Stop depthSetting the Drill Stop. I used a couple of spare boards to get close to the height, then fine-tuned by adjusting the drill in the chuck a little…I had pre-drilled these pilots slightly undersized to create less...

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Part 12: Nothing much going on... might as well build a box... :)

1562 days ago by littlecope | 20 comments »

The title says it all!!I’m sort of between projects right now, so I figured to blast out a box in my “spare” time.At the beginning of the month people moved out from a couple of apartments in the building and left a veritable mountain of furniture behind. I looked it over… mostly particle board stuff… but there was a small night stand that caught my eye.I was a little confused by the weight of the thing, thought it was hardwood, but I guess it’s Pine. Someb...

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Part 13: Nothing much going on... might as well make some hinges... :)

1547 days ago by littlecope | 18 comments »

In the last installment, I showed the latest box I’m working on, it’s now time to make a pair of hinges for it…But, and it seems like there’s always a but, I had a problem with the fitted panel for the lid. When I cut the tenon around the thing, to fit into the side dadoes, I was trying to “sneak up on it”, once, twice, three times and it seemed like nothing was changing. So I gave it one of those “All or Nothing” taps to the Table Saw fence and...

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Part 14: An Adventure in Bandsawing...

1532 days ago by littlecope | 20 comments »

Last night, after dinner, I went out in my Parent’s yard to have a smoke, on one of my favorite benches in the world…It’s an old-timer I found at the dump about 40 years ago… I brought it home, and my Dad put new slats on it to replace the old broken ones… a fresh coat of paint and it’s been “in-service” for many years…You may ask, “What does that have to do with Band Sawing?!” Well, I’m glad you asked!!I looked up from m...

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Part 15: A Quick Assembly and the inevitable Finishing Slow Down...

1528 days ago by littlecope | 15 comments »

After blasting out the parts for the new Birdhouse last week on the band saw,The assembly went just as quickly. The parts were taken home, the necessary access hole added, a top post/hanging bracket fashioned, and pilot holes were drilled for the attachment of the slats for the roof.I forgot how much fun building a birdhouse can be!! They’re for the birds, after all, and they will never be overly critical… :)With the assembly finished, it was on to the finishing department… ...

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Part 16: Miscellaneous News...

1515 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

Working six days straight, other responsibilities, and a early heat wave conspired to leave me without time, energy, or drive to do any wood working for over a week!! I was feeling a little glum about that, so I finally squeezed in an hour or so yesterday… I feel better already!! Those of you who read this nonsense may recall this picture that I took of one of my Dad’s cribbing blocks sliced open:The sharp-eyed amongst you may have even noticed that these pieces are not book match...

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Part 17: The fun continues...

1505 days ago by littlecope | 12 comments »

Nine days ago, that funny looking fellow in the picture had just finished sizing up the four sides of a new box out of some old Oak…The joining of the four sides went without event, and was done in his usual manner… Marking, Drilling for Scroll Saw room, and then cutting and fitting…I keep telling him there are easier, more exact ways of doing this, but he will not listen!! What a knot head…When he got those together, he had himself a little sanding party I think he...

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Part 18: A Total Mistake, a Fix, and More...

1503 days ago by littlecope | 22 comments »

Yesterday I left off with the hinges all but cut out for my latest box…So this morning I was feeling good, feeling strong, ready to tackle the challenges of the new day. I began with the worst cuts to make, the side cuts. To help with this, I taped the two pieces together. These are heavy duty Scroll cuts, and I wanted to have as much heft to the pieces as I could. Being taped also aids in the stability of the things giving them a wider, flatter bottom The first cut went fine. On the se...

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Part 19: Parting is such Sweet Sorrow...

1499 days ago by littlecope | 34 comments »

I had a whole fifteen minutes before the phone rang today and spent it parting the lid from the bottom of the latest box. I always get a sort of bittersweet feeling when I do that… It’s the “Last Act” of the making process. After that comes the Assembly Phase, with a lot more work to be sure, but all the fun of making the parts gone…Alas and woe is me… I guess I better hurry up and finish this thing so I can start another!!! :)But, I’ve got a very imp...

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Part 20: Down to the Last Pegs...

1497 days ago by littlecope | 18 comments »

Time to wrap this one up…I got in a full morning and part of the afternoon’s play today and completed the assembly… almost. Started by pegging the corners of the lid togetherThen the bottom, first up and into the bottom corners, then down through the top halfwayThe clamping on those may look precarious, but is actually very well balanced. I clamp each corner individually that way and lift the whole assembly to where I tap in the pegs.With that done, I finally fill in the exp...

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Part 21: A Mixed Bag...

1490 days ago by littlecope | 12 comments »

I’ve heard quite a lot about Wood Shop closures in various School systems around the Country… it’s saddening news. That’s why it was great the other morning to go by my old Alma Mater and see that, at least here in Manchester, the Woodworking programs are alive and well!!On my way to work I spotted these handsome works-in progress…I’m not sure exactly what you call them… They each had a tapered leg assembly next to them, so they’re a stand-up ki...

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Part 22: Short and Sweet...

1486 days ago by littlecope | 18 comments »

Quick one today, Folks!!I took delivery of my new Jointer yesterday!! It took me about an hour to set up… most of that was spent “Reading and Understanding” the safety instructions found in the Owners Manual. I must admit, I sorta glazed over the “How to Plug In” and “How to operate the On-Off Switch” sections… :)Anyway, after an hour I had it screwed down and ran a board through for testing purposes…It worked perfectly right out of the bo...

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Part 23: And the beat goes on...

1480 days ago by littlecope | 9 comments »

Who’d have thought it, but I’m making another box!!I made the sides out of a little of the cherry my Parent’s neighbor was kind enough to give me…The bad news is, the band saw only accepts wood under 5 1/2” thick and the original piece was almost 7” wide…The good news is, my boxes are small ones, so I cut about 1 3/4” off of it, and I’ll use that to make the hinges… I guess you can see why this was a cut-off…But the subject tod...

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Part 24: Progress at a Snail's Pace...

1473 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

Almost a week ago (A Week!) I left off with the latest box, a Cherry and Imbuia type of thing, finally together…As has been discussed here and everyday, everywhere, it’s been HOT!! It’s hard to get motivated in the heat… I actually resorted to putting in a second air conditioner, one that I had picked up on sale two years ago and was keeping as a “Emergency Back-Up” for my main one…It’s been a life saver… But anyway, back to the box!! The ...

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Part 25: The Trays Begin...

1469 days ago by littlecope | 11 comments »

In the last episode it was decided that, because this Box is a little bigger than usual, I’d be making some trays for it. I guess I’m still anxious to use the new toy, because I sized the wood I’ll be using last… first!!After Re-sawing another scrap of the Cherry, I thinned it down on the Jointer to about 3/16”. These will be for the bottoms of the two trays…With the Imbuia top, and Cherry sides on the outer Box, I’m going with Imbuia sides and Cherry...

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Part 26: A Productive Weekend...

1467 days ago by littlecope | 13 comments »

Of course, working in the Restaurant Biz, I mean the last few days… I ended up getting in about 9-10 hours on this latest box, and except for some small detail work, it’s just about ready for some finishing…If you’ll recall, I left off Wednesday having glued the hinges in place…I began yesterday morning by pinning them into place with wooden dowel, and cutting off the excess with my trusty “Poor Man’s” Japanese Saw. Notice the finely crafted han...

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Part 27: Busy, busy busy...

1459 days ago by littlecope | 10 comments »

I haven’t been around much lately because I’ve been, guess what, busy!!The work on the Cherry and Imbuia box and trays was completed…Now I’m in the middle of applying finish to it… It’s slow going, but it’s coming along…For a little break in the action, and another chance for fun and adventure, I decided to try out an idea I had a while ago… If anyone recalls, at one point, making all the shaped “Finger Lifts” and Hinges, I tho...

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Part 28: Sawdust Update...

1442 days ago by littlecope | 13 comments »

I went up to the Folk’s house once again last week to mow the lawn… but it didn’t need it. We’ve had very little rain and are in the “Dog Days” of summer when the grass slows down anyway…So, to pass the time, I combed through the wood stashes that are there… It seems I’ve inherited a pretty large supply of woods (at least for me!).Aside from the pallet full of cribbing blocks, there are various other piles, like this one which is mostly Oa...

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Part 29: Sawdust Update...

1426 days ago by littlecope | 12 comments »

If anyone remembers, I was working on a mobile project… something about the birds and the bees…After the bees were cut, came the birds. I went back to an old Spielman book of Scroll Saw patterns for a hummingbird pattern that I liked and had cut a number of times…The pattern wasn’t quite proportional to the bees, so with the wonders of modern technology, I shrank it down a little…After stack-cutting, I came up with these…And then the work stopped…My G...

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Part 30: The fun continues...

1420 days ago by littlecope | 10 comments »

To begin with, I wanted to Thank Everyone for their kind and warm words, welcoming Debbie to the “Family” here!! Her and I go way back… We first met in 1977 and saw each other for about a year. We “Re-met” in December 2001 and have been steady ever since… It’s only natural for us to live together… Neither of us are half as happy or complete apart, as we are when we are together… :)I would love to post some “then and now” pix, b...

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Part 31: It ain't Z Z Top...

1419 days ago by littlecope | 13 comments »

...But she’s got Legs!!Yesterday was a really good day!! My objective for the day, was to put some legs on this small table I’m building… Of course, I have no clue how to do that correctly, but nonetheless I proceeded… My vision was to have the legs splay out slightly, not only from side to side, but from front to back. First, I checked visually what angle looked appealing, and determined that a conservative 6° was in order… The number, shall be six…Began b...

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Part 32: Lots, and very little...

1411 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

I’ve gotten very little done on the small table I was working on… But it seems like lots has happened. I woke up a week ago today to the news that there had been a terrific fire over night… and then I saw the address!!! I used to live in this building, here in Manchester…I lived in the second story apartment for almost eight years… The back side of this sprawling old place was where the fire started, we’re told it was an electrical problem…The buildin...

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Part 33: Too much Enthusiasm=More Work!!

1391 days ago by littlecope | 17 comments »

Simple, Quick, Easy… It seems like I always start projects with these notions! In the event, however, they never turn out that way…It has been a while, almost two weeks, but the project is still the same, a small table for computer viewing/breakfast in bed. When we last visited this affair it was in this state…I took apart the top once again, and ran all the pieces over the jointer to clean them up…This was a huge mistake, a real bonehead move, and the worst part is I ...

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Part 34: Time to make it shiny...

1391 days ago by littlecope | 13 comments »

With all the trouble I had making the top for this small table, the wrap-up was utterly anti-climatic. I was determined to attach the legs with carriage bolts when the top was completed, and so I did…First I clamped the legs one by one, along with the “Sandwiches” (and some scraps to protect the piece!) in place and hand drilled a 1/4” hole through the lot of them…Insert the bolt, tighten the nut over the washer, and these are on there strong enough for me to sta...

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Part 35: Feeling Better!!

1364 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

I started feeling lousy a little over three weeks ago… woke up one Monday morning with a chill that I just couldn’t shake. I don’t know if it was a cold, or the flu, or what, but I haven’t felt “normal” until this week…I didn’t even have any specific symptoms, and it wasn’t a knockdown, drag-’em-out thing either, I just had the blahs… didn’t feel like Woodworking… I didn’t even feel like hanging out here on LJ...

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Part 36: Well, not exactly...

1343 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

No Fun here!! This is all Business!!Being the resident Handyman (and Box Maker) at the Restaurant, it was inquired of me whether I thought I could make a sort of “Suggestion” box, so the customers could offer up any comments or criticism…The Requirements are that it has to be wall-hung, that it needs to lock, and that it needs to be large enough to fit a certain sized comment card… I requested some 3/8” Walnut from the Owner (or any Exotic that caught her eye) an...

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Part 37: Many Steps...

1341 days ago by littlecope | 11 comments »

This morning, I began fitting and hinging the lid.I cut it to length, inverted it, and put the box atop it… then drilled the holes for the hinge pins, re-sized the holes in the lid, and tapped in the pins.After that, I planed the lid semi-round so it turns freely…It was so enjoyable I went and planed everything!!Somewhere in there today, I made a template for the bottom panel. I then cut the panel… this time, some 1/4” Blue Plastic… Before I closed down for the d...

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Part 38: A Few Details...

1338 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

What with working all weekend, I didn’t get more than a few hours to work on the suggestion box. But I did manage to get a few important details out of the way…The first, was one that I approached with the most trepidation, the cutting of the slot. I wanted it to be slightly tapered from outside to inside… so I tilted the table of the scroll saw and made the two cuts… from the bottom side…It worked out just fine and the sample card fits with room to spare…T...

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Part 39: Of Hasps and Pins...

1336 days ago by littlecope | 17 comments »

The second requirement of this “Suggestion” Box, was that it be locking. To that end, I began cutting out a hasp, starting with the loop through which the lock will pass…It’s a good thing these are small parts!! My scraps of Mahogany are getting awfully small… It took about 20 minutes of musing, and about 5 minutes of cutting to get here…Since this box already has “Ears”, I’ve been referring to this as the “Nose”... Next came t...

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Part 40: A Decoration...

1314 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

Debbie and I would like to wish you all the very best wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and the best Blessings for 2011!!! :)

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Part 41: Another Fine Year...

1300 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

...Ends in the toilet!! LOL!!As I’ve said and shown in numerous postings, the apartment building I live in is rather old and it has not a few idiosyncrasies. One of them is a settled bathroom floor… meaning that it slopes at a fair angle of about 3/4” to a foot!!Anyway, whenever it was that they installed the toilet, they used the floor as a reference… with the result that the whole assembly (including the tank) leans to the left… It works fine… indeed, it&...

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Part 42: A Slow Start in 2011...

1270 days ago by littlecope | 19 comments »

... or, “How to make Something completely different from what you planned…” Last month, just before Christmas, I was told that my Dad’s car was going to be sold. I asked the price, and it was a fair one, so I bought the car for Debbie and I… Isn’t it a Beauty!! LOL… That boat-shaped thing in the snow, was my Father’s 1992 Volvo. He loved and babied it, so it’s in terrific shape for a vehicle nearly 20 years old. It’s now ours and, by...

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Part 43: Make Something!!

1264 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

We had some pretty good snow here yesterday, so there wasn’t much to do…I thought to stroll through the shop… sometimes, things break, and I can salvage some of the material…What Luck!! One of these drying racks is a bonanza of dowels!! As for these pieces here… I’ve always wanted to try something with them… and it’s now or never… I cut them to the fullest length between holes ( 8 1/2”), and ended with this stack of “lumberR...

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Part 44: The Experiment Works!!

1259 days ago by littlecope | 12 comments »

This experimental box that I’ve been trying out sat idle all weekend, what with work and all…This morning, I put on the top course and then fashioned the lid…This box is a little different, at least to me… Usually, I spend a lot of time making the sides of a box fit right together… and then there’s a separate “assembly phase”...Here, it was all assembly and when the walls were up, it’s DONE… almost…The walls were built, but not...

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Part 45: Some Pre-LJ's Fun...

1213 days ago by littlecope | 25 comments »

The good news is, at 52 years of age, I got my very first Driver’s License!! I thought that the “mug shot” on the temporary license would make a good avatar… at least temporarily… The bad news is, I’ve been so busy with it all, I haven’t had time for much woodworking…Last night, I was looking through some old photos and found pictures of some fun I had about ten years ago… They’re a mixed bag, but mostly Scroll work…I worked ...

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Part 46: Boxes in my Blood...

1175 days ago by littlecope | 19 comments »

Is it possible, that box addiction is hereditary?? I was going through some of my Grandparent’s and my Dad’s things and discovered that they all had a certain fondness for small wooden boxes!!None of them were home-made, but there were some fairly nice ones in the bunch… Dad’s Parents had a habit of buying His and Hers, so there was two of these little beauties… These were USED and look it, but I’m impressed by the thinness of the wood used in these̷...

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Part 47: At Last...

1158 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

So anyway, when I was last in the shop I left off here… an unfinished urn…And there it sat… and sat… never to be finished???Older Brother Steve is gone now… and at peace. He’ll have no use for it…Younger Brother Scott called and asked me to give him a hand, moving furniture and things out of Steve’s place a couple of weeks ago… I arrived a little early, in the rain, feeling a little low… But, whatever your beliefs, you have to admit ...

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Part 48: Of Box Panels and Getting Sidetracked...

1146 days ago by littlecope | 12 comments »

Today I had some spare time and managed to get a little bit of work done on the next part of my latest box, the raised panels…If you recall, I had procured a couple of Oak drawer sides from my folk’s house, and given them a quick, rough sanding…Next was to size them… I first squared them on one side, clamped up the box sides, then took a size from them for the width… It was then a simple matter, to transfer the size to the saw… and cut them to width… ...

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Part 49: Ever Forward...

1141 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

If you recall, I left off in the last episode with two panels cut to size for the latest box…The plan is to make simple raised panels out of these with the table saw. At first, I was thinking of trying this a different way, involving a sliding board, with the pieces seriously clamped to it… but I didn’t have the right board handy, and was too lazy to knock together an elaborate jig…So I went with the way I’ve been doing it, with the “Tall” fence and a...

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Part 50: Wow, Fifty?!

1133 days ago by littlecope | 15 comments »

When I started the “Just for Fun” series, I never thought that I could keep it going this long!! But here I am at my fiftieth “Fun-type” blog… Many Thanks to all of you, for the encouragement and interest my Friends!!To my astonishment, You have made this the third “Most Discussed” blog series on Lumberjocks!!And now, back to the Fun… We left off last time with the latest box freshly parted, top from bottom, and awaiting sanding… The sa...

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Part 51: A Rare Sight, and a New Home for an old "Family Member"...

1104 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

There hasn’t been much to report from here lately… I haven’t begun any new projects since I finished the last box. But I have not been idle!!It’s Summer here of course, with more opportunity for outdoor activity, and we’ve taken advantage of the fine weather…Indoors, I did manage to finally get a bed out of the corner of the shop. It had been taken apart and leaned up against the wall, quietly occupying space… After I moved it out of the corner, in on...

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Part 52: Not much going on... might as well build a birdhouse...

1098 days ago by littlecope | 15 comments »

Those of you who’ve been on LJ’s for a while may recall my first effort at a birdhouse which began hereSomewhere in there, I mentioned that there was another one to re-build, but I had to wait until it was vacated… Well, the thing finally fell to the ground and the sparrows were forced to re-locate…So today I had a rare free day, and decided to re-work this… Just to begin with, I didn’t like the “eaves” arrangement… I think the guy who ori...

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Part 53: Adjustments...

1077 days ago by littlecope | 11 comments »

Fun lately, has been in the form of fine-tuning and cleaning my “new” band saw…After purchasing a couple of Timberwolf Blades, I fed one on and centered it on the tires… (Tires, which will have to be replaced, when the budget allows…)I quickly discovered that my Dad had the guides set to the left, pulling the blade in and towards the body of the saw… Perhaps this is more desirable for metal cutting but I can’t help but feel it would cause undue stress...

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Part 54: Another Mixed Bag...

1062 days ago by littlecope | 24 comments »

Quiet times around here…Brother Scott requested a sign a while ago for his new cottage up in Maine… “Can you make me a sign, with shamrocks, that says, Peg’s Place?”... Simple enough, right?Simple, perhaps, for someone with an ounce of Artistic ability!! But for those of us with none, like me, patterns or templates become necessary… The lettering is pretty straight forward, and I’m on familiar ground, so I began with that, developing the words from an...

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Part 55: A Tube Indeed...

1009 days ago by littlecope | 25 comments »

Another Manic Monday… Worked from 5;3O this morning until two… good to get home, the beginning of my “weekend”... Can’t forget the mail before I go up to the apartment…The mail… What is this?!It looks like a giant Firecracker!!! Where is the fuse?!But wait, it has oddly familiar handwriting on it… I’ll need some Moxie to open this, it’s very secure…Inside I found this… It seems our very own Vintage Architect, “Ma...

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Part 56: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes...

972 days ago by littlecope | 33 comments »

In the middle of October, I started a new box. It was to be in typical “Just for Fun” fashion, playing and developing as I went along…A block of old scrap pine became the four sides of it… I was concerned about a major crack that went through the large knot feature and decided to cut through the crack and glue it back together…I routed a lip around a thin scrap of Cherry, to use as the bottom, and was going to make a slide top… I even had plans for a dis...

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Part 57: What a Bunch!!

941 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

You made my Girlfriend cry…I was called out of the kitchen yesterday (where they usually keep me chained)... A Very Nice Lady wanted to see me…It was the Wife of our very own Kerry Drake!! She was heavily laden with Gifts for Debbie and I from Lumberjocks near and far!!It seems after reading of our recent misfortunes, a group of my friends here formed a conspiracy… A conspiracy to shower us with the beauty of their Work, and to try to make our Christmas a more joyous oneR...

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Part 58: I Had to Find Out...

934 days ago by littlecope | 15 comments »

The week before Christmas, one of the waitresses at work told me of a customer who had come in and asked about the Signs and the Comments Box in the Restaurant… Who made them? Can the person make more or different ones?It seems the lady wanted a sign made for Christmas…Beverly the waitress told her who I am, and when I work, and that she could speak to me on Friday… But the Lady never called… I told my Girl Debbie about it, and how I would have told the Lady that it wa...

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Part 59: Another "Quick" Set of Hinges...

917 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

If you folks recall, I was having some Fun with a new box project, a sort-of “Striped” Box… One thing I’ve not found, in the recent move, is more time! So it’s been slow going…But I finally managed to cut the second panel’s stripes, and to cut the top from the bottom of this thing…There was a problem with the top, and while I was figuring out what, exactly, I was going to do about it, I went ahead and made the hinge for it. In keeping with th...

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Part 60: A Pressing Problem...

835 days ago by littlecope | 18 comments »

Anybody who’s ever worked as a short-order cook will know what one of these is… Yes, it’s a Press, usually used as a weight to cook burgers in a hurry… But this one’s pins have been falling right out lately… So I decided to give it a quick fix, by giving it a new handle…I started by removing the old one, and “persuading” the two brackets back to 90° with my trusty 3 lb. Estwing… I like a beefier handle than this one has, an...

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Part 61: Another Move...

791 days ago by littlecope | 26 comments »

Toward the end of April, Debbie and I finally got the apartment we were looking for, and on the first of May began the move.We left my Aunt’s Home in the hills of Henniker and moved to our lovely State Capitol, Concord, New Hampshire. It took twenty trips in the ‘Yota, two trips with a U-Haul, and nine days (and it rained all nine days!), but the move was finally made…So we’ve been pretty busy, trying to make order out of the shambles of moving, and generally getting a...

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Part 62: The Well-Traveled Project...

771 days ago by littlecope | 23 comments »

Some of you might remember, that I had begun building another box while we were still living in Henniker… About a week before we moved, I spent a wonderful and quiet afternoon, hand fitting the raised panels to the sides… A fine “Blemish” appeared when I planed off the old stain. I liked it… and decided to use that as the top when I cut top from bottom… And then we did the moving thing to Concord, and all work stopped until last week, when I got th...

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Part 63: A Tale of Two Hinges...

758 days ago by littlecope | 13 comments »

I spent the better part of a day, almost two weeks ago, cogitating and musing on an idea I had for another set of wooden hinges… The idea was to make a simple set, in the style of what I’ve begun calling “Finger Hinges”...This time I wanted two smaller ones, to put on either side of the box, rather than a “piano” style across the whole back… I also wanted them to thin almost to a point, as the fingers extended… I had a very hard time visua...

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Part 64: A Return to It...

720 days ago by littlecope | 13 comments »

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… It’s on my mind to make two boxes out of these pi...

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Part 65: A Woodworker's Prerogative...

699 days ago by littlecope | 13 comments »

So I made a decent pair of hinges, but when I placed them on the box, they looked a little big for the application… Well, I can’t enlarge the box very easily… So I guess I’ll just have to “shrink” the hinges!! It’s good that these are versatile, but it took a little extra work to achieve…The center/lid stop part had to have its hole re-sized (in order to become a slip-fit) and I thought it “Stuck out” a little too far… so...

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Part 66: A New Shrine for St. Francis...

630 days ago by littlecope | 19 comments »

For many years my Parents had a small statue of St. Francis in their yard as a garden ornament. As I recall, my Mom picked it up about 15-20 years ago at a neighbors moving/yard sale and it had been staked out there ever since… Before that, the neighbor had it out in her yard for many, many years, so it’s small, wooden enclosing Shrine was in pretty tough shape…Today I finally got a chance to make old Francis an updated home… The Good Saint was a very pious believer in...

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Part 67: A Mitered Box?

613 days ago by littlecope | 18 comments »

Working on the last project (the “Shrine” for St. Francis) reminded me how inadequately I am set up for cutting miters…I managed to cut the small mitered roof, but the way that I did it would never work for a box! The tiny discrepancies would be multiplied by the sides and I’d end up with huge gaps… But it got me thinking…I’ve been fascinated with this old thing since I got it in 1999… In the new basement shop, there was a large bench already...

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Part 68: Finishing-up the Mitered Box...

611 days ago by littlecope | 10 comments »

When I left off Yesterday, the box was all clamped-up, and the small handle was ready to go on… After taking it out of the clamps, I first had to conform the handle’s feet to the curved top panel of the box. That was quickly done by simply laying a piece of sandpaper on top of the box Sand-Up, and working the handle until it matched the contour…Then i just placed and marked for the holes… I’ll be using 1/8” pegs (and glue!) to attach it, but I like to...

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Part 69: Sawdust Update and a Not-So-Secret Santa...

566 days ago by littlecope | 33 comments »

So a New Year has begun!! I hope that you all had some Good Fun during the Holidays…With some measure of delight (and relief!) the World didn’t end or anything, though on the day scheduled for the event, I had a few concerns… The skies here in New Hampshire took an unusual look while we were out at the Post Office… But all was well, and your humble correspondent continued with the proscribed festivities… In the Shop, shortly before Christmas I started yet a...

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Part 70: Some Tray Play...

548 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

So the box that I was working on was completed, hinges and latch attached, finish applied… But this one is for my Sweetheart, and a small jewelry box besides, so it needs some trays…I had some left-over wood from the box construction so I decided to use it for the sides of the trays… I cut some quick dadoes in the sides, cut them to height, and then joined them… The New Band Saw made short work of sawing a 3/8” piece of Maple in half for the two tray bot...

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Part 71: The longest, shortest month of the Year...

490 days ago by littlecope | 24 comments »

A cold shop, repeated life interruptions, and the Winter blahs conspired to keep me from getting a lot done in February. The beginning of warmer temperatures is slowly getting things back on track…February did see a first for me though, I went out and actually bought some Lumber!! Debbie and I took a trip down to Highland Hardwoods in Brentwood, N.H., a Woodworker’s Paradise…It’s difficult to decide what to purchase, with the wide selection that they have, but I ultima...

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Part 72: Sometimes, the ideas just fall from the Sky...

455 days ago by littlecope | 23 comments »

The Roof on our Apartment building sustained a little damage this past Winter. After the snow melted, I found the remains of two Slate shingles, out of the hundreds that are up there… The one in the front didn’t survive the fall, but the one in the back put me of a mind to make something, if I can only square it up a little…Back in my landscaping days, in the late “70’s, we cut tons of Granite for Walkways and Stairs. It’s a lot of work, but relatively e...

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Part 73: The Bubinga Box Begins...

418 days ago by littlecope | 23 comments »

A couple of months ago in J.f.F. #71, after a bunch of milling, I came up with some book-matched Bubinga that I said simply must be made into a box… After a trip to New Mexico, to visit with the Patron,and after Debbie and I re-doing our living room,and several trips to the Beach,and a hundred other things I can’t even recall,this Week, work finally began. Oops, Sorry! I kinda lost track!Oh yeah… Bubinga… Box…Actually, all the time that I was doing those th...

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Part 74: The Perils of Panels...

414 days ago by littlecope | 12 comments »

Almost four days ago, we left off with the four sides standing, and I was about to begin adding panels to this latest box… From the beginning, it was in the plan, to feature some of the Curly Yellow Birch that was purchased especially for Panel making…I’ve done this many times, and it is usually a routine step in the procedure… Alas, rumors of my abilities are greatly exaggerated…Little did I know, that such pretty wood, would be so ugly to work!!The panel ...

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Part 75: Making Lemonade from Lemons...

412 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

In the last episode the latest box (a Bubinga type thing) was in the final stages… After cleaning up the top’s edges, some “reveals” were found, small separations in the miters of the top… I tried what I’ve heard about here so many times, making a slurry of the sawdust and wood glue, and applying it to the separations… The results were excellent!! When the project is posted in a few days, You can be the judge of where the reveals were! :)Anyway, wh...

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Part 76: If at first you don't Succeed...

398 days ago by littlecope | 6 comments »

So when the last project was finished, I had a tough time with the picture taking! Ideally, the best pictures are taken in Sunshine (or at least outside), but that’s not always possible without waiting a few days…I’ve seen quite a few different Light Tents here on LJ’s, and thought the time had come to build one for myself…The idea is simple, to make a box with no sides, over which can be draped a white bed sheet or similar cloth… Lights are added to either...

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Part 77: Make Something!

348 days ago by littlecope | 23 comments »

After fixing the hole in the kitchen ceiling, I didn’t have anything lined up to do like I like to have… So for about a week, it was thumb-twiddling time (at least shop-wise)...Every time the stairs were descended, heading down to the shop, there were no sparks of creativity going on, no light bulbs going off flashing new ideas…But there was this… On top of my pile of “Real Woods” was the leftover 2” x 8” that I had cut in half for the kitche...

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Part 78: Sawdust Update...

299 days ago by littlecope | 24 comments »

Haven’t done hardly anything in the shop lately… Tried re-sawing some more of the Bubinga for box-making and ran into a world of trouble… The cuts were so hoopy that the Planer wouldn’t even straighten them out…I know that using a sharp blade on the Bandsaw would help, but I can’t afford to change out to a new blade every third or fourth cut! So a page was taken out of the Patron’s Playbook; i.e., making “Guide” cuts with the Table Saw fir...

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Part 79: Milling around...

287 days ago by littlecope | 16 comments »

I spent this Sunday just milling around in the shop, finally facing up to the rest of the slab of Bubinga that was bought last February…The slab was about 14” wide to begin with… I had begun by slicing it roughly in half to make it more manageable and also to gather some experience with the new Band Saw and Planer; Experience, that was sorely needed!When all was said and done, there was quite a little pile of “mistake” wood… Of course I’ll find use...

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Part 80: A Beach Find, Some Box-work, and More...

272 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

There won’t be many more opportunities before the snow flies, so Debbie and I took another trip up the coast Sunday… It was a Glorious Day, a little windy perhaps, but Sunny and Warm… During our Beach walk, we came upon a White Birch Log half buried in the sand… I thought and re-thought about whether to bring the thing home… I don’t even know if wood is any good after floating around in the Ocean, but the Log moved me somehow, so I moved it, up and into ...

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Part 81: Woodworking on the Back Burner...

228 days ago by littlecope | 26 comments »

After taking the Summer off (and enjoying it immensely!) it was time to get back to Work! And after searching around in the available jobs, I was lucky enough to find Work in the finest Hospital in N.H., the Catholic Medical Center of Manchester…It seems that their Cafeteria was only open for the first and second shifts, and their third shift employees had been requesting “Hot Food” for some time… A decision was made, and the Cafe is now open for them with yours truly ...

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Part 82: Well, Looky Here!!

192 days ago by littlecope | 20 comments »

When Brother David, the Patron, isn’t busy nailing his trusses to the floor of his shop and grading himself harshly on his accomplishments, he continues to think of his Friends…Yesterday, I was the recipient of another “CARE” package from the high deserts of New Mexico… In it, were these bits of Treasure… It’s Rosewood, and some of the last of his Private Stock… Thanks (again!) David for your thoughtfulness and generosity!By E-mail, he was ac...

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Part 83: Where did all the Fun go?

72 days ago by littlecope | 15 comments »

With all the down time this winter, I began to second guess myself, wondering what exactly my “Goals” were (or are) playing around with this Woodworking stuff…When my shop was in a single bedroom in my old apartment I used to have a ball, finding and using old furniture wood, and developing work-arounds for my lack of the necessary machines and tools to do desired functions…At one point I recall thinking, if all else fails, that I would just make boxes, until I ran out...

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Part 84: Square Wood from Round Branches...

27 days ago by littlecope | 15 comments »

This has been a perplexing enigma to me for many years! The old-timers would just split it (roughly square) and then square it up with progressively finer Tools… And that works very well, but there’s a lot of time spent doing it!I’ve had a Bandsaw now for over a year, and it’s supposed to have this capability all of its own… With the right kind of set-up…So, in the back of my mind, I’ve been pondering what kind of Sled was needed to do this… ...

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