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From log to box in less than a month #3: Shaping & Lower interior

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Blog entry by sras posted 451 days ago 956 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The last two nights and this morning’s work are covered here.

I probably should have waited, but I wanted to shape the outside and see how it looked. I started by putting some marks to guide how much I sanded off on the high spots for the initial bevels.

I then could sand (with a sanding block and 60 grit paper) until the high spots were evenly brought down.

After that, I just kept going through the grits – up through 400. I could have stopped sooner since I still have some more work to do, but it just kept getting better.

Next, I turned my attention to all the strips I cut for dividers. I trimmed pieces just under an inch wide and to length.

I shifted the pieces around until I was ready to cut slots. The strips are wider than my saw kerf, so I need to make two passes. I used a spacer strip to offset the first cut. One of my scrap pieces was tapered, so I kept adjusting the position until I had the right slot width.

After cutting several slots, I had a set of lower dividers.

I’m pretty pleased with the fit.

I then used some thinner strips to put a border on the inside of the center cavity. I set up an fence extension on my miter saw and mitered the ends.

Then more glue and a few clamps.

I then re-sawed the piece of ironwood I cut (see previous post) and trimmed it to rest on the pieces I just installed.

I have just over two weeks to go. I still need to put a few details on the box, recess and put a handle on the inner lid and make an upper tray. Plus leave enough time for a few coats of finish – it’s going to be close!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive



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jap

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#1 posted 451 days ago

the box is looking great

-- Joel

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justoneofme

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#2 posted 451 days ago

Looking mighty fine Steve!! The lid is totally awesome with the Ironwood! Have you decided on a finish? The gleam from that camera shot makes it look like there’s finish already applied!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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shipwright

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#3 posted 451 days ago

You’re doing great Steve.
Looks like you are having a ball.
I have full confidence in you, you’ll be finished with several minutes to spare. :-)

-- 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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#4 posted 451 days ago

Thanks all!

Elaine – no I have not decided on a finish. From what I have read, the oils in ironwood and its density make a lot of finishes a poor choice. I ahve heard of some success with tung oil. I’m planning on setting up a test piece and try out what I have on hand.

Paul – yes, this is a lot of fun. I suspect your prediction is spot on.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 451 days ago

Certainly looking first class Steve, like all your work. Racing against the clock is a great motivator.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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lew

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#6 posted 451 days ago

Neat idea on the calibrated tapered slot spacing device!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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DaddyZ

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#7 posted 451 days ago

Very Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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sras

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#8 posted 451 days ago

Thanks!

Lew – I kind of stumbled onto that, but I think I’m going to save that scrap of wood and call it a tapered spacer.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 451 days ago

That is coming along beautifully! Shellac is my ‘go to’ finish as it seems to work over anything. I even shellaced a stool that was covered with mineral oil/wax mixture and it worked fine.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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sras

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#10 posted 451 days ago

Thanks for the tip! I have never used shellac before – I need to get my test piece going and see if new experiences are on my horizon …

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 451 days ago

Steve, When you try the shellac, look at Black Cherry’s blog re: French polishing. It is really quick, simple, and idiot proof! I’m about to throw all my brushes away!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Roger

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#12 posted 449 days ago

Lookin very nice

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

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