|Project by mot||posted 12-02-2007 07:46 AM||2754 views||1 time favorited||31 comments|
Bob #2 and I were fiddling in my shop on Thursday night. Well, I was fiddling and Bob #2 was on the shop cam and voice communications from my workshop page. While Bob was waxing poetic about some topic of the moment, I decided to make a box. I haven’t spoken much about the Akeda Dovetail jig, mostly because I don’t use it very much. Not because it’s not just fantastic, but just because I don’t use the router for this type of work much since I started obsessing about hand cut joinery. Anyway, I resawed some cherry and started cutting some box parts. While I was doing that, I noticed the cuts were burned by the back of the blade. That fried me as this saw of mine has a real thing about staying in alignment. I took out the shooting board and a Veritas Low Angle Jack plane and fixed the problem with the pieces, put them on the bench, and then went about dissassembling my outfeed setup and Festool MFT table to get at the back of my tablesaw. Taking advantage of the free space, I cleaned up the crap out of the back of the saw, and alinged the blade. All the while, Bob was on story #3 with the odd interjection of inquiry as to why a perfectly neat shop now had stuff strewn all over the place.
After the saw station was reassembled, some test cuts were made and the world was sane again!
I used the Akeda jig to cut some, perhaps atypical, box joints. After putting them together, I had to pound them with a hammer because they fit so tight. A quick email to Kevan Lear at Akeda Jigs gave me some insite into guide bushing diameters and how they affect joint fit for this setup. That’s going to be a topic that will need blogging, so stay tuned. If anyone has gotten a chance to talk to Kevan, he’s a lot like Jim Lindsey from Dowelmax, in that he responds to your question immediately, and with an answer that has considerably more detail than you might have thought your question involved, but ultimately giving you a very good understanding of the problem and solution.
After getting things worked out, I cut a little panel for the top and bottom from some scrap oak that I had laying around and tight joints and all, glued the box up. I got a lecture from Bob about glue starving this joint due to the tight fit. He’s right. There is no way that anything but hot stuff could be used. After getting the box together, I wicked thin cyanoacrylate into all the joints, hit with accelerator et voila, it was glued together. It’s a box, and a bloody mediocre one at that! Sorry, Don!
I cut the top off with the bandsaw, cleaned up the edge with low angle block plane, smoothed four sides with the low angle jack and tossed some really crappy hardware on it that I bought at the local box store. I won’t use the stuff again, but it isn’t really a special box…just a test. All the edges were chamfered with a low angle block until they looked about “right.”
My wife saw it and asked, “What’s it for?” I replied, “Nothing.” She said, “It should work perfectly then.”
Now that it’s built I do have a use for it but it’s the wrong size. I’ll build another for a storage purpose that I have…namely the pieces for the Akeda jig. This one now has been relegated to my Mot Jr’s uses to store his puzzle pieces.
There it is, and thanks for looking!
-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)