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Blog series by littlecope updated 1595 days ago 11 parts 10906 reads 123 comments total

Part 1: Another Honor and Privilege...

1639 days ago by littlecope | 11 comments »

I haven’t had a whole lot of time lately but began work on making a box for my Dad’s Burial Flag. It’s been going agonizingly slow, with so little time available… He earned his Flag as a 20-year Naval Reservist, one of hundreds of thousands of young men who volunteered for service when things were heating up over in Korea. Patriotic Fervor about our country was still wide-spread and strong, happening so soon after WWII, and so many volunteered that the Services didn...

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Part 2: The Jointing Begins

1637 days ago by littlecope | 10 comments »

I managed to get in a little over two hours yesterday, beginning by finishing the sanding of the three pieces of Red Oak that will comprise this project .If you remember from Part #1, I had started with two lengths and cut the longer one in half to obtain the shorter legs of this Right Angle. Though I can’t have a complete wrap-around grain pattern, I can do it with at least these two lengths. This time, I’m going to start with the conventional 90° joint connection first. I did th...

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Part 3: Starting the Shoulder Cutting

1636 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

I suppose if I had a hundred of these to make, and unlimited resources and equipment, I would probably make up some sort of beveled sled, and cut these with a Dado Blade or a Router Bit. But I only have to make one, and with the simplest of tools…So after cutting and fitting the piecesI took one of the sides and clamped it to a kitchen chair!!Herein lies one of the reasons I left the fingers over-long. They make a great guide for the Hand Saw action that follows, cutting down the sides ...

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Part 4: Musings...

1631 days ago by littlecope | 6 comments »

There is finally a little progress to report on this! I had cut the third joint in the same way as the second last week and rough fit them together.However, the bottoms of these needed to be “tuned in” so they’d fit flush. So that’s what I’ve been doing, some here at the apartment, some at my Parent’s house where they still have my Grandfather’s small woodworking bench with vise. Dad, too, used this when he was young so this is seeing third generation...

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Part 5: Hinges begin and a Closure

1624 days ago by littlecope | 14 comments »

I just had to check, and it’s been eleven days since the last “Sawdust Up-date” from this direction!Eleven days doing darn little Woodworking… If you’ll recall I left off with the three sides all set, waiting for the purchase of some Lexan.I have yet to buy some, so the other day I began work on the hinges by slicing a useful piece off of a small slab of Mahogany leftover from the Ark project…Then I laid out the Hinges. This is a simple pair since, in the c...

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Part 6: Turning a Page...

1616 days ago by littlecope | 13 comments »

The Bad News is I’ve done virtually no work on this project of late…but the Good News is I’ll be getting the Lexan to continue this project sometime this weekend!! The work should proceed pretty quickly after that…In the meanwhile, I thought I’d share a little of what has kept me so busy.It seems the latest “Maladie du jour” the shrinks have “discovered” is called Hoarding. As usual, they’re late to the party, our Grandparents could ...

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Part 7: Surprise!!!

1607 days ago by littlecope | 7 comments »

I received a Care Package today, courtesy of our very own Bob Kollman!! Eight days ago, in part #6, I related little in the way of forward progress but I let it slip that I was about to pull the trigger on buying a sheet of Lexan to move things along… Well, the following day I got a PM from Bob, informing me that he had sent a load of Plastics my way!! It was supposed to be a surprise… He had gotten my shipping address from that other wily gift-giver David (Patron) and he to...

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Part 8: Of Windows and a Parting of the Ways...

1604 days ago by littlecope | 7 comments »

Bob Kollman’s Gift notwithstanding, I still didn’t have the Plastic to make the windows for this thing!! Sorry, Bob, but there was only one piece that I might have used… but I would have had to widen all the dadoes to do it… But before you get all disheartened, I have to tell you, your gift was like a pebble that starts an avalanche for me! Looking for a place to store it (for now) showed me that something needs to be done inside the shop in the way of organization! Th...

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Part 9: The Final Details Begin...

1602 days ago by littlecope | 12 comments »

The finish line is in sight, but there’s still a few details to cross off the list. I left off here a few days ago, sides up and pinned, “Glass” in place: Yesterday, I took a few minutes to cut off the excess finger joint material. Some people wondered why I left them over-long… They helped me out through out this build and now are helping me one last time. I cut half-way through one side…Then cut all the way through the second side…Then complete the first ...

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Part 10: Hinge Pinning and a Latch

1599 days ago by littlecope | 9 comments »

This adventure left off last Thursday with the hinges glued in place.Friday I started by throwing together a pinning kit: #1) Tape to mark the drill for depth, #2) A Drill, #3) Pins, #4) some glue, and #5) a mallet to smack them in with… That Drill is an old timer, a Manning-Bowman which, according to the plate, was a part of Macgraw Edison. Some guy gave me that years ago, said it was too heavy and didn’t reverse… I’ve used it ever since… It’s powerful an...

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Part 11: Finishing...

1595 days ago by littlecope | 20 comments »

Time to wrap this up!!The other day I finished putting the Clasp on, cutting the pins, filing, sanding…All that’s left is a final going over and inspection, sanding, and then some more sanding before the finishing is applied…Here’s with the Polyurethane that’s been applied so far… I may be at this all week…I’m getting antsy to pull the paper off and see how it looks!!It’ll probably be another week before the flag is in it and it’s re...

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