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The Learning Curve
After several difficulties with several routers I decided that there is more than one way to do what I want to do and I don’t have to use motorized equipment!
So the plane came home and after a brief practice with the tool I thought I’d better make something with it to show that it was a good investment.
My woodworking skills and experience are limited but I (fortunately) don’t have the perfectionist gene when it comes to my hobby and so there was no pressure to create a piece of treasured art.
I did a quick search of wood pieces lying around and tried to find something for the lid that would fit the 1/4” or 1/2” width of the plane blade without having to do too much problem-solving.
I found a piece of Aromatic Cedar (perfect thickness for the dado I would be making) and some walnut which would be great to make the rest of the box.
I cut the pieces of wood to make a medium-sized box. I wasn’t too particular about the size. I just wanted to practice making a dado. (In hindsight a little more thought would have been good as the box is quite shallow and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to store in it!) For the lid, I cut my cedar to keep a raw edge and a little twig for the handle.
Next, I set the mitre saw to cut the depth/edges of the dado. I then used a little dollar-store chisel to knock out most of the wood in the dado and then brought out the plane. Since the wood pieces were so small I couldn’t use clamps, so I just made a wood stop for the pieces to rest up against and off I went. It didn’t take long to get the feel of it and I swooshed off the excess wood and I think the results are pretty darned good.
Next, I had to put the box together and out came the DowelMax. Again, with a few “hmmm’s” and a few “doh’s” I figured out the how and where’s and I was soon putting the pieces together.
Since the lid just slides in and out, I decided to add a rare earth magnet to the box / lid to make sure it stayed closed and the treasured contents (whatever they might be) would be safe inside if the box should fall.
A wipe down with some wipe-on poly and that was it – a box with a sliding lid.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)