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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 2731 days ago 577 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks
Spent some time organising the timber for the table project. I put all the parts through the thicknesser to a final thickness of 48mm. Then I could start choosing what goes where….

Arranging the grain pattern was a lot of fun, it’s amazing how you can make or break a piece by just flipping a couple of parts about. And trying to “hide” the ugly pieces and show off the finest ones to the best advantage – a few minutes spent now is well worth it when you have to spend the rest of your days looking at the completed piece and wishing you’d did it slightly different ;)

I also made a final test piece of the corner joint. The top is 48mm thick, the sides taper to 30mm at the top edge. Obviously this makes quite some difference to the layout of the joint. What do you think? Almost as strong as a secret mitred dovetails but much quicker to produce. And very strong!

It is almost a pity to hide the joint away (the from edges of the table will not show the joint as I want clean lines) but I’ll leave it at the back so there is a little evidence of my work.

I have started plumbing in the shop for dust extraction. I usually move the dust extractor to whatever machine I’m about to use but that approach isn’t always a good one when you’re as lazy as me ;)

Cheers
Phil
!(arranging the parts)http://www.philsville.co.uk/images/wed1.jpg!
!(joint number two!



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Don

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#1 posted 2731 days ago

Almost as good as being there, Phil. Thanks for showing this to us. And by the way, I really like the Philip’s Joint you are using.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 2731 days ago

yes, that “philip’s joint” is indeed a beauty and it does look really strong.

The sorting/flipping wood sounds like a lot of fun—creativity, design, touching the wood… and knowing that you are creating a masterpiece at the same time :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Philip Edwards

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#3 posted 2731 days ago

LOL
You two crack me up, brilliant! I’m going to keep saying “philips joint” and see if it sticks ;)
And easy on the masterpiece, Debbie. Better wait and see how it comes out first!
Cheers
Phil

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scottb

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#4 posted 2731 days ago

So perhaps we can talk about the philips joint in box-making as well,...

“it is a strong joint, used where you wish to hide the joinery details and have a clean line all the way around the box, plus it really simplifies clamping and glue-up…. etc…”

much classier than using a drywall screw to create an inferior-phillips joint :)

(now to start brainstorming something to bear my name…)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Obi

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#5 posted 2730 days ago

So i’ve heard a lot about the Phillips Joint, how do you make it without a band saw?

Are you from the long line of Screwdriver Pillips?

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Obi

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#6 posted 2730 days ago

Also Scott, I’ve heard that the Phillps Joint is excellent for joinery that is able to be viewed… The Phillps Joint is probably the best joint known to man, right behind the dovetail.

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Philip Edwards

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#7 posted 2730 days ago

LOL!!!
Scott, I’m working on a new joint that requires only ONE piece of wood….;)
Obi
Sadly, no, I’m not one of the Screwdriver “Phillips”. My Dad did try inventing a nail with a phillips style head but it never took off…...
It’s like comedy central round here!!!!
Phil :)

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Obi

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#8 posted 2730 days ago

That is a shame that the Phillp’s Head nail never took off. You could pound it in, and then forever giggle to yourself knowing that when they tried to remove the nail with a screwdriver it would only spin HAHAHAHA!!!

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scottb

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#9 posted 2730 days ago

Just for laughs I’m going to put a phillips head nail in something. That’s great!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2730 days ago

wouldn’t the Phillips Joint look wonderful in a box, discovering it when you open the lid?? Outside everything is so “simple” and then, VOILA, a piece of magic appears before your eyes!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#11 posted 2729 days ago

I can picture it, but I can’t imagine cutting it along the edge of a board sans router. Unless we’re talking one big and beefy box. like a trunk made for the rigors of travel, (or a giant :)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2729 days ago

ah, and so my naive, non-woodworker knowledge shows itself. But the picture looks nice in my head!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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