Prototype and learning experience

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Project by rwyoung posted 01-05-2009 05:14 PM 2919 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been a while since I’ve had time to “make” anything. I decided I wanted to try my hand at some techniques. Skill builders you might say.

1) Using skis with a router (no, not downhill or racing) to make a thicknessing jig
2) Play with my new PC4212 Santa got me
3) Play with my card scrapers
4) Pattern routing

I decided a box is a good starting point for all four of the things I wanted to practice. So I got out the pencil and paper and drew a simple plan for an IN/OUT box. Interior is 9” x 12” and about 2-5/8” deep. Sides are 1/2” thick walnut, front and back are birch. Bottom is 1/4” birch plywood.

Even though the 4212 can do dovetails (and quite well I might add, did some practicing there too) I decided to see how the box-joint mode worked. Works quite well but I did have some chip-out issues. However I see that not so much as a problem here but a learning opportunity. By the time I got to the last couple of edges to cut I had a method for dealing with them. When I look at it I can tell pretty much the order I cut the joints!

Card scraper was fun, very little sanding on this one. Pretty easy to learn the “feel” for that one.

The hardest part was getting the hang of using my router ski thicknessing jig. I’ll take pictures of that tonight and post as a new project.

Lots of fun and lots learned. I think I’ll make a few more of these and stack them using some brass rod.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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Douglas Krueger

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#1 posted 01-05-2009 06:52 PM

Looks like your studies have paid off. It is always fun to learn new techniques and methods to add to the inventory.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#2 posted 01-05-2009 08:51 PM

The best part is that your in/out box is empty. I like the use of contrasting woods. Well done!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#3 posted 01-05-2009 09:15 PM

I think that every project we make is a prototype and a learning experience. We can always learn what we can so differently (if anything) or faster (yet still safely). It’s up to us to use the knowledge we gain from each piece we make.

BTW, I love the contrast of the woods used. Nice job.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 01-06-2009 05:04 AM

Nice looking desk box. Looks like a very good learing experience.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 04:47 AM

Good job.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#6 posted 08-29-2010 07:07 PM

RW, This is a real nice box – I like it. I’ve seen the thumbnails to your other projects; I’ll check em out in detail later. Thanks for the dovetail tips.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 02-03-2014 03:22 AM


-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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