|Project by Gabe C.||posted 04-12-2012 08:32 PM||2299 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
As I am trying to round up all the loose things in my garage workshop, building boxes and shelves when needed, and giving everything a home…I have lately been turning my attention to the worktable/desk that I have built up against the wall and all the things scattered about the top. A lot of times, on top and under and around the stacks of tools and papers and random hardware that accumulates on top of it, are a family of pencils and pens and markers. An infestation really, of writing devices. I thought they needed a proper home.
So I got the simple box joint sled off the shelf that I made a couple of weeks ago and pulled out a scrap piece of red oak that I had leftover from another project, and made a little box. I tell you what, my little Dewalt table saw is the Rodney Dangerfield of my workshop. It is so vital to what is going on, and gets absolutely no respect…because I need to sharpen some blades...and probably invest in a better Dado Set. Recommendations are very welcome!
But I digress. So I went ahead with cutting the sides and then cutting the box joints and dados, and if I have remembered one thing through looking and learning from the people here on Lumberjocks, it’s that ”Zero Clearance” is the only way to go. Going through the process of getting the box joints right with a couple of test pieces, I set my blades too high and cut out a little too much of back fence on the sled. So then when I went to cut the joints on the actual pieces for the boxes…a little too much oak busted out of the back as I finished each cut. Ugh. Turns out it wasn’t a problem too tough for a scrap piece of 1/4 inch luan placed between the fence and the work piece, to act as a temporary zero clearance fence.
And then when you’re gluing up a box like this with inserts, is it easier to glue up the outside and then slide the inserts in, or do you start from one side and glue and add pieces (outside and inside) until the box is complete? I had a hair’s width of play in my inserts, and as I was gluing it together, the glue was a bit set up by the time I had the whole thing together, so my inserts are a bit off kilter if you look straight down at it (It takes me a bit of time during glue ups because I am messy and use a lot of “wipe-up” time during the process). I wonder if I were to have glued the box together and then slid the inserts in…would enough glue be on the edges of the inserts to firmly dry and keep them in place…or would the glue be wiped off as I slide them in and thereby not hold as well? I know that I will probably only use Titebond 3 from now on, due to the longer “open” time of it.
And I don’t think that I am going to put a finish on this. Something about raw sanded wood is a bit appealing to me, and this isn’t going to get a lot of weather or wear anyway, being a pencil holder.
Just a simple project in the ongoing process of skill refinement. All comments, suggestions and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for checking it out!
-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...