Microcosms, a trip to a smaller world #2: Micro-Banding

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 12-04-2010 02:32 AM 3151 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the banding actually sliced and attached to the box so I guess we’ll chock it up as a crooked little success. I was giving about 50 / 50 odds on it working out at all.

This is the banding block that was gluing up when I did my entry yesterday. It’s 3/16” thick. so it will, when sliced, require a 3/16” recess in the box to inlay it. It’s not really pretty, but the object here is to see if it can be done at all. There are certainly lots of places I could have taken more care if this were a real project.

Here the strips have been sliced off the block and wonder of wonders, I was able to find the box. (I’m not joking…. it’s really easy to lose.)

This is a sort of mini temporary router table I jigged up for this job. It’s basic component is the bottom half of my home made pin router setup. I just added a zero clearance veneer and a “fence”.

The 1/8” router bit is only up about 1/32” so I’m pretty safe here.

After cutting the box in two on the scroll saw (a little below center of the recess), it’s time to miter in the banding. This was done with the scroll saw and stationary belt sander. Again more care could have been taken. After all this is just fooling around.

Now, with the banding glued on, it’s time to close off the bottom of the box. I decided to make a striped pedestal from some of the unsliced banding block. First it needed to show banding on all four sides so I made one block out of two as in the photo..

Just for comparison,here’s the last banding I made (Demi-Lune Table in my projects) next to this stuff.

I thought I might be able to keep corn in my box but unfortunately, it’s not quite big enough. You can get a tic-tac in in but the top won’t close fully.

The next two pictures are the finished box, with the unhappy corn, mounted on a stack of post-it notes.

I did come up with one possible use for this little creation – It would make a decent tee….. once!

Thanks for dropping in. I hope you had as much fun with this as I did.

I still have most of the 3/32 plywood sheet left over so if any one else has an idea let me know. I’m bored a lot you know.

Thanks again


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 12-04-2010 03:10 AM

Paul, You are a nut and a half. This is pretty amazing. I was in the shop this afternoon trying to come up with a glue-up to make some banding/inlay detail in a trunk I am making for my grand-daughter. You’ve inspired me. Afterall it’s in the details that sets things apart.

It doesn’t look like you are bored to me. More like experimental woodworking…....... testing the boundaries.

Makes me smile to see this!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 12-04-2010 03:31 AM

Any time I can make someone smile Ken, Iv’e done my job.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 12-04-2010 04:33 AM

That is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. How are you able to do such tiny work? Amazing!

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 12-04-2010 04:46 AM

I have a small mind Doug.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 12-04-2010 05:07 AM

I am smiling from ear to ear.

You have a very nice mind Paul. Playing with such brain is a delight to watch.

I do kind of feel sorry for the corn, sitting there all by itself.

Thanks for the inspiration,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-04-2010 07:55 AM

I can’t stop chuckling… the best thing I have seen here in months!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 12-04-2010 08:12 AM

Steve, Steve, Thank you, Thank you.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 12-04-2010 04:13 PM

a great picture book you have done Thank´s
so you have one more big smile from here :-)
the shift from big projects to small and back again
can be a chanlenge thats bigger than flip from
one project to another under the gluetime
and now you know , then you never will be bored
again becourse you have found the miniature country
were all the diorama´s is ….LOL

thank´s for sharing

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#9 posted 12-04-2010 06:03 PM

Thank you for sharing your boredom? / imagination with us. From big beautiful sailing boats to boxes too
small to hold a kernel of corn, you do cover a lot of territory. Thank you for being such a wonder guide,
even if you can not wait for us to catch up (that will take years) you have shown us a very wonderful
path to follow. Thank you once again for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 12-04-2010 06:17 PM

I’d love to have been a fly on the wall at the lumber yard when you bought the wood for that project Paul :-)

Actually the way lumber prices are going, we might all be making these soon!

Thanks for posting.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 12-04-2010 06:24 PM

What a great wee box.
I like just for the hell of it projects.

thanks for sharing.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 12-04-2010 08:41 PM

Absolutely wonderful, Paul. I like the canny method you used on the base. The lipping method is very clever as well. I wouldn’t worry about the corn, I couldn’t fit the quarter into mine.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 01-03-2011 08:44 PM

Fun and educational. Thanks Paul.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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