CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #7: Sanding and gluing

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Blog entry by stefang posted 10-24-2014 06:46 PM 2247 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project is almost finished. If I’m lucky the three main components of the baskets will be glued together tomorrow. Here’s what was done in preparation for that today.

Nobody really cares about sanding. I’m just using the opportunity to brag about using my new drum sander today. The bow-ties for the bottoms were cut and glued in yesterday and I used a block plane to level them to the surface. Now it’s time for sanding and I’m using my drum sander for a project for the first time. Very easy to do. I was surprised that I could put the workpieces through several times without adjusting the drum height. I learned that in a video, but seeing is believing. I already love this machine! I also put the sides through the sander to get the blood off and to get them to a more consistent thickness. see below

Gluing the sides and bottom
It was good to see a product beginning to emerge. I just taped the sides at the corners on the faces as shown, flipped the sides and slapped some hot hide glue into the miter cuts. It’s a good idea to tape from top to bottom along the joints as the sloping angle otherwise makes it difficult to get the joint together after gluing .
see below

Final cutting and gluing of the foot moldings or whatever they are
I had already cut these to width and also ripped the top edges with a 15 deg. angle (thats the surface that will be glued to the basket bottom), then a miter was cut on one end as shown in an earlier installment. I waited until the baskets were glued up so I could take the final measurement of these pieces right from the basket to insure accuracy. The miters on the uncut end were marked and cut, again on the angled fence, but this time the foot moldings were turned around so I could cut the remaining 45 deg. miter on the right side of the fence. It was done that way because my miter saw is can only be operated with the right hand. After that the the foot moldings were taped together at the miter joints on their face side, then flipped and glued. this went surprising well. I slapped some tape on the corners after gluing just to insure they stayed in place. After getting the foot pieces glued up I taped them onto the bottom of the baskets temporarily to make sure they would remain square as the glued set. You can see how I did this
see below

Final cutting and gluing of Top rims
Pretty much the same routine for the top rims. These are just a simple 45 deg. miter, so I removed the angle auxiliary fence, measure the still uncut ends against the top edge of the baskets, marked the miter and cut on my miter saw. I didn’t feel it necessary to tape the top rims to the basket as they will be planed to conform to baskets before gluing, so small variances shouldn’t be a problem.

Tomorrow’s work*
The corners of the top rims have to be cut out to for the bow-ties which will be glued in tomorrow. After that some flattening work on the top and bottom edges of the baskets, and also top and bottom edges of the feet. This will insure good glue joints for the rims and feet and also that the basket will sit flat.

Sorry I didn’t take as many photos as I originally intended, but I had to get a lot done today, so I could glue everything together tomorrow, and being a little rushed I forgot some. Thanks for reading.!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-24-2014 08:05 PM

Looks like a very good fit! That is time consuming!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 08:41 PM

Thanks Jim. Yes it’s not too bad a fit. I’ll be doing the more challenging tiny ones on the rim tomorrow. I’m already NOT looking forward to it, but they are not just decorative, but also very necessary to reinforce those corners on such thin stock.

Actually I somehow reposted the #6 text and photos on the #7 blog. I have corrected that now so there is new content in this blog.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 10-24-2014 10:53 PM

I have been intermittently following along, but have been a little too busy of late. Today Sherie had an endoscopy, and that occupied much of the day. We are sitting in my office/den/whatever room while she wakes up totally.

Dragging from my memory, when you made your first one of these, you were surprised by the unexpected reception it got. It is a classic design that will fit most any setting.

When I grow up and do some real woodworking, going to have to buy a sander like that one. Was hoping to putter some in the shop today, but other duties superseded…....

My latest shop creation, the outfeed/dust collection add on to my TS is about done. It will become a blog and a project. I think I am destined to just create gizmos….......until I retire, and I know your feelings…......directives??? about that….....(-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 12:02 AM

That sander looks like the way to go! Nice work Mike. Hopefully, this will satisfy the demand ;-)

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

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#5 posted 10-25-2014 12:04 AM

Don’t you just love glue-ups that just require a little tape? One of my favourite things about HHG.
I was doing a bunch of rub joints today and shaking my head thinking back to when I did it the hard way.
These little baskets are going to be cherished for a long long time I’m sure.
Nice work and an excellent tutorial Mike.

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

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#6 posted 10-25-2014 02:38 AM

Good job Santa

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 10-25-2014 06:51 AM

I,m glad to hear that you already love the sander machine! You can do a lot with this machine Mike.

The baskets are looking great

I was asking why not using PVA glue. After reading shipwright his comment I thought is that your reason to use HHG. Succes today with “tomorrow,s” work


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#8 posted 10-25-2014 07:33 AM

Thanks everyone. Yes, the hhg makes life a a lot easier Paul, but I used the same technique with pva glue in the past, however, the hhg sets very fast and it is so much easier to clean up the squeeze out. There’s no going back now, but it did take me a little time to establish a good routine. My electric glue pot has a ceramic bowl to hold the glue. At the end of the day I just lift it out of the pot and put a little aluminum foil over the top and pop it into the fridge overnight.

I’m having my coffee now before the ‘final’ starts in my shop, except for spraying the finish of course.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-29-2014 12:38 PM

Santa is ahead of schedule. Gr8 builds Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 10-30-2014 07:01 AM

It’s great gift basket. I have many things in mind to fit it. Thanks for your introduction. How can I get one?

-- Bryan McDonald,,

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#11 posted 10-30-2014 09:06 AM

Thanks Roger.

Thanks Bryan, not sure I understand your question, but if you want one I guess you would have to make it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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