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Tool tote travel #3: finger joints on a template / jig.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 10-29-2010 11:28 PM 5386 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tool tote travel 3
finger joints on a template / jig

This is third part of the tool tote travel.

Now I have cut dovetails by hand, so it’s time to play with machines again…
This time some finger joints, since it’s a learning experience.

I bought some years ago a router template for finger joints, and half blind dovetails.
I paid 100$ on a sale and never opened the box… So now it was time!

I found a 10 mm router bit as the set needed, and made a test cut on some plywood…

Or more exactly it was not a 10 mm bit, since the tails did not fit, and it was more blowout, that cut…
So from now it could only get better!

So a new bit found, and it fit.

Still a lot of blow out.
Lesson learned, choose right bit, use a piece of scrap wood to stop blow out.

Cutting the pine for my little boxes. My sweet God of wood, I love that Festool saw, I cant belive all the years I spend with a old skill saw, and a dull blade, wondering why my wood working never got to a higher level…

Smoking a pipe, and watching my job.
We must never forget to enjoy, this is at the end the essence, and the smell of fresh cut pine, mixed with a good tobacco – wauuuuuuu….

All set up, and ready to go.
I have this old ‘extra’ router, that I mounted the base plate on, in this way, I can leave it on, and use it only for this purpose.

First box cut, it was really easy, but I need to be more patient, and forgot my lesson learned, that I needed a scrap wood in front to avoid blow out…

Cutting a rabbet on the table saw, to mount the bottom of the box.

Close up!
A vintage architect with glasses need that!

Cutting a bottom board.
I use here for the test some thin plywood, even it’s a stranger in the design…

Front view, of the bottom – does this sounds naughty or is it just me…
I probably looked too much in the Big But book!

A box, and a match box.

Glue up, now I remembered paper under – clever me!

The experiment!
One box will be just glued.
One box will be glued and then get some plastic wood filler.
Why?

Wood filler. Yes I wanted to try the difference on the two boxes, just to experiment.

Sandy!

Little box by the wall, who is prettiest of them all?

Not bad with some wood filler!

What can I say, a little but ok gap….

That’s just what we are looking for!

Dividers!

Using that ugly Stanley saw! Japanese… Chinese perhaps! For some flush cut I think you call it!

Rails are mounted with glue and pegs.

Plenty of clamps – enough actually.

Tool tote,
Tool tote on the wall,
who is useful after all…

Again I’ll split the blog up, so it does not become too long for a ISDN connection…
In the next part I will make the interior finish I think.


Hope this little travel can be to inspiration, or in best case a tool tote

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



14 comments so far

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 11:34 PM

Another cool project MaFe I like the handle a good touch.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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stefang

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 12:04 AM

Nice form on the box ends and I love the handle. Altogether very well done Mads, and it looks very useful too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 12:07 AM

great blog Mads :-)

take care
Dennis

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Tony Strupulis

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 12:14 AM

Nice job.

Can you adjust your jig so it makes a deeper cut? That way the pins are proud of the box face and you can plane them flush.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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mafe

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#5 posted 10-30-2010 12:50 AM

Tony, they were, it’s just the picture. They were app half a mm proud, and I took them down with a low angel apron plane (Veritas). The filler was just to fill the very small gaps left from the bit, to test it.
Dennis, take care. I transported the axis yester day out to be cut in lenght, so things are happening.
Mike, I think it might be a favorite, I think also the design went well.
Jim, the handle was found in the forest at the same day as my walking stick, that cant walk…
Thank you,
best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 10-30-2010 01:04 AM

great to hear :-) I realy hope it will work out for you :-)

one little note to your wood filler , but you proppely already know it
it wont take stain and lack the same way and will always bee visible as a filler

Dennis

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mafe

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#7 posted 10-30-2010 01:19 AM

Yes I know Dennis, except paint… and in some years even more… But this is a test piece, not a show piece.
It will work out with the V-drum, just wait, I never give up… Almost!
Smiles,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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PaBull

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#8 posted 10-30-2010 01:47 AM

Thanks for the post. Nice to see you have been in the shop long enough to make this tote. Don’t over do it now to please us viewers on this end of LJ.

Take it easy! Pabull

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Maveric777

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#9 posted 10-30-2010 04:35 AM

I enjoyed the journey with ya Mads on your little experimentation… How fun and thanks for sharing!

P.S. I also loved playing “Where’s Waldo” with the pipe on every picture….lol… Very cool added touch my friend.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 10-30-2010 07:22 AM

Great Mads,
your having such fun with it.
How big is your saw?
Jamie

-- 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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mafe

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#11 posted 10-30-2010 11:45 AM

Jamie, it’s a ts55, my problem here are not the deepth but that my work shop are so small, that I have to bring it out side for sheets, but since I have two of them, I don’t need to take it of the table when I need to do so, so it works fine. I put the saw on wheels, and the vac too, then I roll it all out to cut bigger things. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/31112
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 10-30-2010 11:57 AM

These are very nicely done, Mads. There is nothing in this world wrong with machinery and jigs and this was another very enjoyable blog post. Thanks.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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mafe

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#13 posted 10-30-2010 12:15 PM

I agree, nothing wrong with that, for me it’s been a learning process, and I learned, that I really need machines, du to my health, but I do love more to do it by hand.
If I had to do woodworking for a living, I’m sure that most would be done by machine, but as hobby, I think it’s wonderful to look at work of the hand, and to enjoy the process.
Thank you Helluvawreck.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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rdlaurance

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#14 posted 10-31-2010 09:29 AM

Another great illustrated and descriptive blog Mads…. how I love these…. don’t smoke though I have enjoyed the fragrance of a good cut of tobacco leaf…. your blogs go good with my morning cup of coffee!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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