or another title option, I need more clamps!
There is nothing as great as an unexpected free day. Despite the fact I had to put in a 10.5 hour monday to get it.
We lumberjocks are a funny lot, while people are watching TV, movies, or playing videogames on an otherwise “free” or “mental health day”, we head down into the shop to work for our fun. And today I was no exception. I was going to see how much of “Box #3” I could get done!
I pulled out a couple of mahogany remnants from my In-laws deck, resawed down to 3/8ths, (give or take) and cleaned them up on the disc sander. I used the tablesaw to resaw them, as my small bandsaw doesn’t have that capacity (and I don’t have the practice yet). I didn’t seem to get the cuts perfectly aligned, but after a few minutes, and a fresh layer of dust later, I had nice usable S4S stock!
Box number three is going to hold recipe cards – and I’m keeping this one, I have a hard enough time finding recipes when I need them. The plans are for 3×5 cards. Mine are 4×6, so the plan adaptation was easy enough – add an inch here, add an inch there.
The sample in the book calls for red oak, which I think makes an appropriate choice for the kitchen, especially following the premise that the history of man has a lot to do with the mighty oak (according to this book).
Ignoring that, I chose mahogany – for its ties to my in-laws house (a family connection for my wife and daughter) not to mention the work that Dad and I did there building the very deck that this mahogany came from. However, not many recipes in my kitchen come from the in-laws side… but I didn’t dare tear up a piece of my parents (or grandparents) house for this box! (I suppose an old cutting board might have been ok..) But we use what we have…
I squared up the sides, glued and clamped them together, and proceeded to choose the best piece for the top. I quickly realized that whether I made the box to the planned size, or my size, I didn’t have a piece large enough. Time for plan B.
Do I glue up a couple pieces of 3/8ths? is that too small to try? Do I want to cut a spline, or something to help reinforce? Nah… Of the 3 boards I resawed the remaining pieces weren’t quite the same thickness. What else do I have… Perhaps a larger piece of maple?
Rejecting the appearance of the maple against the light mahogany I chose for the sides I retured to ponder the glue-up… Would this joint hold up to use and abuse? Unsupported it may not, but as the cover will be glued down to the box, and later cut free, It should be supported enough.
I found one piece to be marginally thicker than it’s bookmatched piece, but otherwise consistent, and “jointed” that one with the table saw. Both now the same thickness, I clamped them together and to the top of the tablesaw. That should keep them flat. (otherwise I need a new tablesaw!) I didn’t think breaking out the big guns (pipe clamps) would be ideal for such thin boards.
_Progress halted on one box,..
what is a lumberjock to do with an afternoon free,..
and the shop overrun with a project in lockdown,..
while waiting for the glue to dry? _
Yes, I could have reconfigured the shopsmith and lathed a bit… but instead I found inspiration to pick up another box....
But this box was a homebrew kit... and made myself a batch of beer (well, two batches actually!)