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what i've been doing #15: Christmas 2011 - tools, tool box, and gifts...

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Blog entry by Dave posted 967 days ago 1471 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: A small wood gloat with a tool or two Part 15 of what i've been doing series Part 16: Hand Inlay of a Bowtie-Dutchman »

This is going to be a long one, it’s raining and I have had a long day pushing planes so here we go.
I started about a month ago with the intention to build a small tool box to hold marking gauges and some stuff I don’t want bouncing around the shop. I choose to use a hodge podge of wood I have laying around the shop. The frame is sapele.

I choose to dove tail the rails

I pinned the rest of the frame with oak dowels.

I picked sycamore for the panel frames

It has a very cool quarter sawn grain

I used cedar for the panels


I used pine for the secondary wood for the drawers

small pile of shavings

large pile of shavings

using my new Moxon vice to dovetail drawers

4 drawers finished

Now there are no pictures of the next event and I was so mad at myself I choose not to take any. For whatever reason I cut the dado’s on the wrong side of the drawers. CRAP. I got new material and started again. I put 3 tails on the first set. The second set only got 2.
I also Had purchased a new set of chisels.

I did not have enough material for the drawer fronts so I went to the hardwood store and purchased some zebra, maple, gum, cherry and cypress.

note I am shopping on the bargain rack

Also a few tools started showing up from my wife for my Christmas
Japanese saws

A Stanley 71 that I refurbed

Now my wife was in need of Christmas presents for her bus drivers – remember the trashed drawers, hmmmmm

Now I have got time to get back to the tools box. Glue up on the second set of drawers.

I cant get over the grain on the sycamore

starting the frame for the drawers slides.

test fit

starting on drawer fronts

I know the box is a contrast of colors, textures and grains. Its a patch work (quilt) tool-box. So far It consists of sapele, oak, pine, popular, cedar, sycamore, zebra, maple and bamboo. I am not finished yet. I also got a dado plane, 2 sweat heart rulers and a knife or two. It has been a very enjoyable Christmas this year. Dave got to see his grandsons second Christmas. Much to be thankful for.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com



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JL7

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#1 posted 967 days ago

First off….Merry Christmas Dave…..

Second – wow…what a major post post – I had to take an intermission somewhere around the trip to the hardwood store….:)

Third – love the mix of woods and joinery…...perfect. That’s the way I do it too…...any knots?

Forth – sorry to hear about the dado debacle….....sounds like everyday in the shop for me.

And finally – nothing like some cool new tools for the cave….......

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#2 posted 967 days ago

First same ta ya;) I hope your sister is well.
second.. I had to go to the bathroom while I was writing it.
3rd thanks and yes there are knots in the wood and my shoulders..
4th Murphy lives in my shop.
and yes tools I got a few more but didn’t want to gloat.
I would love to get a plane for every action that I need my router table for. It is in the works a plane at a time.
As always you the man of many woods Jeff. I remember a certain table that you made that is unreal and some wall art that you put together.
Remember the galoot creed
Hello My name is (your name here) I am not a plane collector I am a user.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dave

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#3 posted 967 days ago

oh I forgot just around Christmas Ms. Debbie sent me a message. It seems I won a book on 18’th century cabinet construction. Cool.
The Art and Craft of Cabinet Making, from Gary Roberts.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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ShaneA

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#4 posted 967 days ago

Looking good Dave. Nice score on the tools.

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Dave

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#5 posted 967 days ago

Thank you very much Shane. I give the wife a few web links at the holidays for stuff I don’t have.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#6 posted 967 days ago

Shopping on the bargain rack? Looks like my kind of bargain rack.
Are the prices I see on that wood per piece? Or per board foot?
Where did you get those deals? If you mention pickens hardwood I swear I’m just going to shut down the computer and have a good cry.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#7 posted 967 days ago

2nd photo past “note I am shopping on the bargain rack”, dark wood, what wood species is that? You know I have a weak spot for the darker woods. Also, although I know I’m going to regret asking, what did you pay for it?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#8 posted 967 days ago

Hey William go get some Kleenex. Yes Pickens Hardwoods. The bundles with handwritten prices are bargain cutoffs. He will save his cutoffs and price them cheap. I got gum, northern cherry and cypress for a buck or two a board foot. The dark wood you are looking at is jatoba and man it is some hard stuff. I believe its on the hardness scale around 2600, oak is about 1300. You might could scroll a thin piece but you better have a lot of backup blades. I got it to make plane parts and may bee a tri square.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 967 days ago

Love the wood, the joinery, the blog, the chisels! Great!!!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Dave

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#10 posted 967 days ago

Hey Smitty, thanks man. I didn’t get a set of drums or a slot machine. Ma-bee next year. ha-ha
I am still digging Snoopy.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#11 posted 967 days ago

I might like to try something that hard sometimes. Hard wood isn’t as bad as people think on the scroll saw. It does present it’s own problems though. Usually, especially on the real hard woods (pecan is a good example), they cut real nicely, but you can cut one, maybe two, quarter inch layers at a time. Any thicker and it’s an exercise in blade change practice. The biggest problem I find with the real hard woods is stability, especially if cutting very delicate patterns. From my experience, the harder the wood, the more bittle it gets when you get out delicate pattern, leaving small parts across the grain. It is strong as can be along the grain, but not across it.
Oak is a good wood to demonstrate what I mean. Cut a quarter thick piece an inch wide. It takes a lot of force to break it along it’s length. However, turn it and it snaps easily across the grain. Therefore, I seldom use oak for a delicate piece unless it is to be glued to a backer board, or some other means of support.
If I ever get to pickens with some extra money, some of that jatoba would look real nice with a pattern cut in it with some light colored cottonwood behind it.
Ok. I’ll go cry now.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#12 posted 967 days ago

Nice work, by the way. One of these days, I need to get ahold of enough aromatic cedar to build another cedar chest. Seeing your drawer fronts made me think of it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#13 posted 967 days ago

William how about make some homemade ply. Resaw 3 pieces 1/16 to an 1/8, glue it up cross grained and the grain stress problem is solved. Then it all looks the same.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#14 posted 967 days ago

Well, SuperD. After an upcoming project (you know which one I’m referring to), I’ll be able to do just that. At this time though, I have not the means to resaw wood that thin wide enough to do me much good. I could plane it down, but that would be a waste of wood and also would rack up cost on planer blades pretty quickly as well.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#15 posted 967 days ago

Ok you guys have a set of plans that have to be followed to the millimeter. You know all that crap is in metric. I don’t follow plans well. Its kinda like following the rules. But I will give it my best effort. Now on the other hand my degree is in electronics and the motors and controls I got down pat. I might even be able to get all the motors we need for nothing. All we need is a horse or two.
O did my Theseus in college on my first invention a remote float valved discombubalated frickastat redneck erecktor set;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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