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Project by littlecope posted 08-26-2009 01:34 AM 1165 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I gotta tell you, I’m getting to be embarrassed posting my paltry offerings up here, with the quality of work that’s been seen here of late!! In the last project, I said that I was asked to make a couple of “Pocket Garages” for the two sons of a good friend. This is the second.
What did I learn on this one? I found out that I must have had beginners luck the first time around on wooden hinges! They weren’t as easy to replicate as I first thought. I may even change these… I took off a little too much wood where it matters, in the barrel of one of the hinges…I could live with it, if it were for me, but as a gift…? hmmm…? Still undecided…
Don’t let the children see the last picture! That scary setup for creating raised panels is actually better than it looks though, and worked like a charm. I needed a taller fence, and having plenty of drawer fronts to hand, clamped one on either side of the fence, with a spacer block in the middle. I tried making a zero tolerance plate for the saw, but the places to screw into are recessed, and plastic anyway…so I used one of the drawer sides as a sacrificial surface over all. Raised the saw blade at a bevel through it and did what I had to. :) I’m very likely going to need a taller fence again at some point, so I’m at least going to have to rustle up some lag bolts for attaching them easier. Maybe I can use the existing holes from where the drawer pulls were? ;-) Although it might be scary looking, believe me when I say, I’m a cautious man and never would have used it without trying to make it fail even before the saw was plugged in!
This one, like the other, is poplar. 8+ X 5+ X 4+ dimensionally, and still needs some poly on the inside…I use spray on, and whoever says that’s easy is nuts! Yes, it’s easy to apply, takes literally about a minute, but then it’s torture waiting for that coat to dry before applying the next! And the next! And the…AND having to LEAVE IT ALONE while waiting!! arrgh!
If you’ve read this far, thanks for your time! I tend to be long-winded on these computer thingys, which is a bit of a surprise, because I’m actually a very quiet person…Questions and Comments are, of course, welcome!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.





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whitedog

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#1 posted 08-26-2009 01:42 AM

cool

-- Paul , Calfornia

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patron

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#2 posted 08-26-2009 02:22 AM

sorry to hear you are suffering from thinking again ,
i allways look forward to your posts/projects .

i’m impresed , with your fence solution ,
and “testing it ”, before using it , we can all learn from .

i have just decided that i am not a finisher !
i just built a couple of boxes , they took hours , but have tacken days to sand over and re spray ,
and i still have to totally re-strip them and start again !

no more mr nice guy !
rub it on or bust .

i just can’t take the agony of defeat anymore .

as far as the thinking goes ,
i have been performing self
lobotamy ,
and so far i am very happy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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littlecope

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#3 posted 08-26-2009 03:33 AM

David, always a pleasure! Sounds like you’re practicing the Zen art of Not-Thinking. Very Difficult…
Had this guy working for us at one place, quieter than a Wooden Indian, and with as much emotion as last year’s bird’s nest. Anyway, I tried to imagine what it must be like to be inside his head…I had visions of an empty raquetball court, all quiet but echoing…could even hear the games in the other courts, but in that court… nothing… poor guy…
That rub-on stuff is sounding better and better to me, too…though I’ll have to learn all about it. So much to learn and do… :-)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 08-26-2009 04:02 AM

Mike, great box….great fence rig.

David, have you got plans for that self-lobotomy thing? A sketchup maybe? Or could you just blog it for us?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-26-2009 04:15 AM

Hey Mike this box looks great. It does not fall the paltry category at all.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 08-26-2009 04:26 AM

Thanks Paul, Charlie, and Jim!! I used to say “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy!”
Now, I’m thinking a ball peen hammer, peen end, forcefully applied to the forehead, repeated as necessary, would probably do the trick…
But there I go, “thinking” again…;-)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 08-26-2009 05:19 AM

mike ,
a rubber mallet is the way,
stand in front of a solid post ,
wack forhead and let mallet bounce to post .
and back !
if you are the right distance ,
and have the right velocity ,
you should get into a ,
” perpetual state ” !

let the force work for you !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 08-26-2009 01:15 PM

Mike,
Those pictures of the hinges look great! Just send the pictures and you keep the box!
I too love making those boxes. Now I will try my hand at those neat hinges.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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littlecope

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#9 posted 08-26-2009 01:31 PM

Thank you, Ellen! You gave me a good chuckle to start the day (a rare event!). I did consider keeping this one and making another one…;)
I’m off to cut the folk’s lawn. Sadly, no WWing today, unless you count trimming hedges…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 08-28-2009 07:31 PM

Mike, I think that you should keep that box. It’d be a good enough reason to make and post another one!
NICE WORK!!!

-- Cheers and God Bless

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littlecope

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#11 posted 08-29-2009 12:15 AM

Thanks, Kris! I am leaning towards making another for her son…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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