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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 11-10-2010 06:20 PM 4179 reads 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and this year I’m making an Advent Calendar. If you aren’t familiar with Advent, check out this article. Now I’m not a religious man but I do celebrate Christmas, and I have the fondest memories counting down the days in December as a child. Who am I kidding? I STILL count down the days until Christmas!!

This Advent calendar is relatively basic in design, but has 25 little cubbies with enough room for a special treat or a secret message. In the first part of the two-part series, I start working on the grid structure and the hanging of the doors. The grid structure is creating using a shop-made jig that is very similar to a box-joint jig.

And if you’ve been following the Shop Journal on the blog, you’ll know how much of a pain the door hanging has been (see links below). But I finally came up with a good solution that I think you are going to like. It involves the use of Blind Nails from FastCap.

Want to build along with me? Download the plans and start making some sawdust:
Advent Calendar SketchUp Plan
Advent Calendar PDF Plan

Associated Shop Journal Posts:
Jig For the Advent Calendar
Tiny Door Hinges
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/more-tiny-door-hinges/

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SplashMaster

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 06:56 PM

Just a suggestion about there at the end when you talked about cutting the nails for the doors down you could just have the lower door hinged on the left and the top on the right or vise versa so you don’t have any chance of one nail pushing on the other, however, that will change the appearance of the project a bit, but make it some what simpler. never the less it is looking great man!

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thewoodwhisperer

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 07:09 PM

Thanks. Excellent suggestion. Maybe its just the way my brains works, but having 23 doors hinged one way, and 2 doors hinged the other way, would drive me insane, lol. Then again, I won’t buy clamps if they don’t match the ones I already have. :)

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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Bill Akins

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 08:40 PM

Looking good Marc. Man that is one tedious project. What will your 25 little surprises be? 25 new router bits perhaps?

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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thewoodwhisperer

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 08:48 PM

haha! I wish. Maybe if Eagle America was filling it up. Since I built it, its Nicole’s job to fill it up. And after hearing that I had slightly elevated glucose levels at my last physical, I don’t think we’ll be filling it with candy! lol

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thewoodwhisperer

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 12:20 AM

haha, I realized after the fact that I used them interchangeably and I know better. Fortunately most of the parts of the project need to be both precise AND accurate, so I think I’m covered. :)

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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Dennis Fletcher

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 03:40 AM

Sweet, maybe in a couple of years.

-- http://www.ahomespecialist.net, Making design and application one. †

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Handi75

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 01:55 AM

Marc,

Next time a little tip maybe… Your Forstner Bit. You ought to turn a Small Wooden Handle, Drill a Hole the Size of the Shaft, then Put in a Threaded Insert on the side bout 1/4 to 1/2” From the bottom, then put in a Little Hex Screw.

That way when you insert your Bit, tighten it down a little, then use it as a Handled Drillbit, more leverage, easier to hold and can turn with ease like a Screwdriver.

You could even use this for small Files also if need be since this project is basically on a one time thing but the handle could be usef for other things!

I like the Project also, Pretty Nifty! Great work.

Handi

-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner, http://www.facebook.com/HandisWorkshop, http://www.facebook.com/HandisCreations, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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