|Project by RobS||posted 06-14-2010 07:28 AM||1909 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
Tall, Dark and Handsome?
Some more salvaged wood projects from the beaches of Galveston, TX this time. Since I found two 3/8 inch thick pieces of ply and a similar thickness old oak drawer front, I decided to make some boxes, using these thinner finds as box bottoms. The three thicker pieces, a 1 X 6 pressure treated, a 1 X 4 poplar and an even longer 1 X 4 cedar, became the sides. I let the useable lengths of all determine the dimensions of each box. The last, thin piece of 2 X 4 cast off I decided to use to try my hand at something new, wedged mitered corners. See the last picture for the before shot of the finds.
I used the planner and the table saw to provide some truer, cleaner edges, cut the miters on the table saw and cut a 3/8 dado for the box bottoms with the router. After sanding the interior sides of all the pieces, I used the tape and glue technique that some Lumberjocks have shared here. Where you lay all four side pieces end to end, tape them all together and the tape becomes the clamp as you glue and “roll” the box together. That was a first for me and it worked well.
The wedged miters could have gone a little smoother, I even made a new jig (old wood of course) for cutting the wedge slots on the table saw. I quickly realized I need the jig to be squarer as the boxes did not always sit the same way in the jig after each time I rotated and clamped the boxes for each cut. So I’ll need to fine tune the jig for the next time.
Sanded and finished off with two coats of Watco teak oil. The results; one taller, one darker and one ..er uh… handsomer, perhaps…
Always a good feeling when I can help clean up a beach, especially when Galveston is still recovering from Ike (2008), and make a useful project or three.
Thanks for looking.
-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX