|Project by douginaz||posted 12-09-2012 02:14 PM||1450 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Hi All, it has been a while since I posted and thought I would share my latest project. For those not familiar with Lois Ventura, she is a woodworker who devotes most of her skills to the making of band sawn boxes. I used the patterns and process’s described in her book “Building Beautiful Boxes with your band saw”. This is the left half of her “Lotus” series. It started life as 8/4 American walnut. I did the usual four square plane and glue up. The finished size was about 6-1/2” X 11-1/2”. I didn’t want to mess with the sizes and tried to stay pretty true to the original design. Why mess with success? I used a 3/16”X 10 T.P.I timberwolf blade in my Griz, G0555. Cutting is pretty straight forward and Lois does an excellent job of stepping you through the process. If you don’t like sanding, stay away. I have over 40 hours of sanding in this box This is mostly due to my limited means of getting a machine of some sort to do the leveling and flattening. I learned a few new tecniques and curse words. I fondly refer to the box as the black hole of sanding:) The biggest issue was the room between the second drawer and the “stem” of the upper box. I have a Ridgid spindle sander but the smallest diameter sanding sleeve would not fit between the two pieces. I eventually glued some velcro to a piece of quarter round and was able to attach the sand paper from my hook and loop sander and work out the inconsistancies left by the band saw. What an ordeal. Not for the faint of heart but very rewarding once completed. The Pictures I have posted are not the final product, there is still clean up and waxing to perform. I sanded through 220, applied about 6 or 7 coats of Deft varnish and sanded with 400 between coats. The “right” hand side is on the bench now and I have started the rough sanding with a pattern file. Wish me luck, I will post the second half with the base when completed.
I know I don’t post often but I do visit and look forward to all the projects and banter. You guys/girls are my woodworking buddies. Keep up the good work and keep making sawdust :)
Doug in AZ.
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