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Why buy it when you can make it! #21: Storage Crates [Part 2] - Oh the pith =(

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 11-11-2014 03:24 AM 1438 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Part one of the storage crate project began with material procurement. About a week ago, I went to my local Lowes to pick up as many straight-ish furring strips I could pull off. What I found is that either my local Lowes doesn’t stock enough of the 1×4 furring strips or they are an obscenely popular product. After scouring through what was left, I walked away with 10 boards that were acceptably straight. Unfortunately, about 4 of the boards had the pith in it, so time will tell if these “prototypes” will stand the test of time.

After letting the boards acclimate for about a week, I was happy to see that they didn’t deform as badly as I was prepared to. It helps since I am currently without access to a jointer, and I was crossing my fingers in hopes that I can cross-cut and clamp the boards into an acceptably straight panels. The accomplishments for the day were to…

  1. Skip plane everything down to about 5/8” thickness
  2. Cross-cut all the pieces into final length
  3. Edge glue as many panels as possible. Run out of clamps halfway through and declare a project delay that requires more clamps. The irony is that I had enough clamps to do the panel glue-ups, but I ran out of short clamps (6”/12” F-Style) to straighten up the panel glue-ups.

While I was skip planing, I noticed that one board had begun to crack along the pith. Not really thinking much of it, I kept going and managed to get exactly enough parts for 5 crates. All was going smoothly, until the first panel glue-up exploded. I must have applied just the right amount of pressure to take advantage of the crack along the pith, forcing the board to shatter and pop the clamps out (and no I did not crank down). So down goes my hopes of 5 crates, and my wife will have to settle for 4. If that’s the worst thing that happens during this project, I’ll take it.

On an amusing note, no project of mine is complete without some antics from my daughter (3 year old). My planer is a Porter Cable PC305TP with no dust/chip collection. After running the planer today, I was left with a massive pile of pine wood chip in my backyard. I let my daughter join me while I was working on the panel glue-ups when she declared that daddy’s mess was a nest. She proceeded to plop down into the nest, like she does in the piles of leaves we rake up. Panel glue-up had to be put on hold, as I tried to clean her up in time for dinner. Pine wood chips and leaves…I suppose they do both come from trees.

-- paxorion



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