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Hand Tools Adventure #1: A Box of Tricky Fits.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 200 days ago 1362 reads 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This new project is an experiment in many ways. It is my first real venture into hand tools as the main instruments of destruction. It is also one of the trickiest marquetry fitting jobs I have tackled and to make it fun I’ve decided to fit it up with full blind dovetails. I have cut dovetails by hand before …..... once….. about ten years ago but they came out fine so I’m up for the challenge.

This is the marquetry that will adorn the sides of the box. The intent is a seamless ring of this guilloche that meets perfectly at all four corners. That’s going to take a miracle on its own.
(Making this guilloche pattern is explained here)

There are a lot of pictures here of me having a ball with my new workbench, vices and hand tools so I’ll keep the commentary down to a minimum. Who knew that quiet woodworking was this much fun?

Prepping the stock, cheap poplar.

Cutting the end rebate.

Clearing the waste

..and finishing to the line.

This is a pre-cut (to length) side piece of the guilloche. The box side must be marked exactly the same length.

With the pieces cut to length and both ends rebated, a couple of hours have gone by and all these tools were used. I could have done the same work in a few minutes in one setup on the table saw. ..... so why am I grinning like a fool?

Here is the work accomplished.

Now the pieces have been separated box from lid and I’m starting the hinge. The two pieces are clamped together in the leg vice for jointing.

Here the back piece of marquetry is placed under the box back to lay out hinge locations.

The lid piece and box piece are again clamped together for cutting. A veneer nail in the rebate at each end holds the alignment.

I rounded the corners off with my new silent router….

...and sanded them smooth with one of my fine abranet sanding blocks, a gift from a friend and fellow LJ, Jim Rowe. OK I cut the pin groove with the table saw. I did briefly consider making a scratch stock that would do the round over and the groove at once, but the madness passed.

Chop close to the line…

... and pare to it….

... and you’ve got a hinge.

In this shot I’m marking the hinge on the back of the marquetry because for some reason I think I can run the guilloche pattern right through the hinge …... we’ll see about that one.

This is the challenge. I will have to cut the marquetry on this line and then press it around the rounded parts of the hinge. I think it can be done ….. but if I knew for sure, it just wouldn’t be any fun at all.

I should be ready to post the dovetails tomorrow (if they work out). I will have to make one of those sneaky allen wrench router planes to do the rebate for the bottom though so I may be delayed. It’s all good. I’m retired and this keeps me off the street … and the golf course.

I have got to say, I’m having a ball playing with hand tools but I can’t imagine ever making money this way.
Fortunately, that’s not my priority any more. :-)

Thanks for looking in.

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/



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sras

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#1 posted 200 days ago

Looks like you are having way too much fun (or is it just enough?)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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truenorth

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#2 posted 200 days ago

You continue to amaze me!
2hen do you get home. I’m nervous I wont get to have coffee and talk shopsmith and tools before you go all hand tools!

-- Canada - True North Strong and Free

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sandhill

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#3 posted 200 days ago

Nice job on the marquetry, can’t wait to see the outcome. I’m with you, some days I don’t even like to go out to the shop if I know I have a lot of milling to do, its just to noisy.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Roman Hrytsak

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#4 posted 200 days ago

Paul, your blogs and posts are worth the membership to LJ’s. Thank you for them. Roman

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 200 days ago

The tools look so good I keep being distracted from the current project!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 200 days ago

Crazy man CRAZY!

COOL playing around!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 200 days ago

Paul,

It looks as though it takes you no time to master whatever you determine to do. (I certainly wish this lousy dial-up wouldn’t time out before all the photos load. I’ll have to check this out again when I’m at a hot spot.) Your photos are always a great teacher. Looking forward to following this challenge through to the end. We know you’ll accomplish it with flying colors.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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stefang

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#8 posted 200 days ago

This is a great blog Paul and I’m glad you are getting some good fun doing the work by hand. It would be a shame to let such beautiful tools just sit on the shelf.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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SPalm

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#9 posted 200 days ago

Nice.
I will be interested on how you cut the veneer corner cuts around the hinge. I guess just a sharp knife? Inside 90 degree veneer cuts are baffling me.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Roger

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#10 posted 200 days ago

You are a master at marquetry Paul. No 2 ways about it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Schwieb

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#11 posted 200 days ago

Wouldn’t expect anything less from a good wood boat builder. You are a real talented guy, no doubt there. Nice work, great blog. You continue to amaze and inspire. I feel like I a very lazy woodworker, shame on me.

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

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JayT

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#12 posted 200 days ago

so why am I grinning like a fool?

That made me laugh ….... in recognition. I feel the same way any time something is accomplished with all or mostly hand tools, there is just a different sense of satisfaction. Now I can only someday hope to have the level of skill you demonstrate. I’ll be following this project with great interest.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Bluepine38

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#13 posted 200 days ago

You have spent a lifetime learning tools and their usage, and now you get to play in your shop and enjoy
that knowledge and skill. I can not think of a better form of retirement, or anyone that has earned it
more than you. Thank you once again for sharing this with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Scott R. Turner

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#14 posted 199 days ago

I’m enjoying your write-up, keep going!

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Patricelejeune

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#15 posted 199 days ago

I see you got the hand tool fever! Like everyone, I am impatient to see the final product.

-- Patrice lejeune

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