|Project by patron||posted 09-01-2009 04:58 PM||2832 views||3 times favorited||23 comments|
a while back , i did a blog on midterm exam challenge , http://lumberjocks.com/patron/blog/10063
this is my response to that challenge to myself . it’s only fair that i should do this too !
also , Jim Crockett posted a question about some spline types that he didn’t understand the construction of ,
so i set about to understand these splines , and their possible constructions .
the chalenge to me , was that i have never made a box with mitered corners , thereby needing splines .
not having a miter sled , i used my osborne EB-3 miter guide to do this . with the saw at a 45 deg. angle .
well , i may not do this for a while , as getting the corners to match in the gluing was tedious for me , as i always have done my corners with a rabbet , so i always have a stop to work to .
here is the first of 2 boxes i made ,
this one has 5/8” dado splines , that i made first , gluing up strips of holly , redheart , and satinwood .
the box body is alder , and is book matched and folded . my logo ( crescent moon ) is holly and bubinga .
and the top and bottom is aromatic cedar that is book matched also .
i live in a very native american area , and know many people that belong to the
native american church , and this box is an order for their religious instruments and feathers .
the cedar is for the feathers , as they will slowly deteriorate from mites and bugs , so the inside of the box is not sealed , as they don’t like the cedar smell , and stay away .
the outside , is sealed with spray min-wax poly. it gave me very much trouble , as the dust in my shop kept sticking
to them , and the top joinery kept slotting open , and leaving lines in the finish .
so for a week , i just re-sanded ( maybe 8 times ) .
but , i finally listened to all the advise given here on LJ’S , and sealed them with
zinsser bulls eye sanding sealer , and wow ! it worked !
so i waited a while , for the dust to settle , and sprayed poly .
thanks everyone .
any way , the whole point was to challenge myself to something new , ( miters and splines ) ,
so here is one of two in this series .
enjoy , and as allways , your comments and critique is welcome !
-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle