Mike & Mads cutting gauge the box (blog)
A gift to a wonderful friend.
This is the last part of the series, so for you who step in here, please go back to the beginning:
The box could have been a blog of its own, but I think it belong here, since it was made for Mike?
So after making Mike this cutting gauge, I thought it looked unfinished without a custom made box.
I took some pallet wood that I had left from my bucket project, and some thin ply from a fruit box, both found in the street, planned the wood, and cut in up in my desired width and made some rabbets on the table saw, really quick, no sweat.
Then cut it in 45 degrees at the desired lengths, so the gauge would fit in.
Then cut of the top of the rabbet on one of the ends.
Here you see the fit.
Then the thin ply was cut to fit the width of the bottom and top rabbets.
Marking and cutting done for the length.
Do you follow me Mike?
And here the principal of the sliding lid box (nothing new for those who know it…).
Glue, plenty of glue, for the bottom and the mitered corners.
Assembly with paint tape, and remove waste glue.
(Or fight this glue later, it’s a choice).
Check the angles. (If I miss spell this one, then check the angels too…).
Now mark the lid.
Glue the lid and the rabbet piece top together.
Then I cut two ‘hold’ pieces to the interior of the box, and marked the gauge size on them.
Made repetitive cuts on the table saw.
Still there Mike?
Here you see what fore…
Then drilled two holes, and glue in rare earth magnets, these came all the way from Hong Kong.
And so the extra blades have a place to be.
Care full you will not cut the fingers Mike (wonder if you are working on the bucket as I write this).
Now adding some shavings I saved as I made the bucket, a coin so you will not have bad luck and a drill bit that I had made pointed so you could make an awl.
Ok I could not settle there, so I made the little awl, and a little label with my sign and some words.
- and a letter.
And it was time to close it up and go to the post office.
That day I spend with my oldest friend Michael (known him for 25 years), and he took this picture of me when I was walking in the street.
Why is this interesting?
Look what I have sticking up the pocket!
This is the end of the Mike & Mads cutting gauge blog.
Thank you Mike for making this possible, and for the fact that I also have a wonderful cutting gauge now as a twin to yours.
Hope this blog can be to some inspiration, for me it is was so much a pleasure to make these Mike & Mads cutting gauges,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.