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06-26-2016 05:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: box wooden box jointer

I am making a small hardwood box (12” x 3.5” x 3.5”) and plan to create a tip-style lid. To do so, I need to have the first and last thirds of the underside of the lid thinner than the middle third. The lid will fit into the rabbeted edge of the box and will open with a gentle push down on either end. I’ve done this once already by passing the milled lid into the jointer a third of the way a couple of times to remove about 1/16 of an inch. I then turned the lid 180 degrees and did the same with the other end. It worked okay but the jointer created a lot of chatter and it was actually difficult to hold the lid down as it was pummeled fairly ruthlessly by the jointer knives. (I used push blocks of course.) It worked OK but I figure there has to be a better and safer way. I could remove the 1/16th with the band saw but then I’d have the small ridges left that the band saw always creates and would still have to pass it over the jointer to clean it up.

Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 06-26-2016 05:40 PM

Hand plane?

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#2 posted 06-26-2016 05:47 PM

Hand plane will give you complete control.

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#3 posted 06-26-2016 11:28 PM

So would I start off the edge and plane toward the center of the lid? Set-up a stop block for the plane so I always end at the same point? Or would I just eyeball a gentle taper with each pass at a line drawn about 1/3 way across the under-surface of the lid? Any details would be appreciated. Thanks.

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#4 posted 06-27-2016 04:26 AM

Stationary belt sander is the fast & safe way. Esp since dimensions aren’t critical.


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#5 posted 06-27-2016 01:14 PM

Thanks for all your suggestions! I’ll experiment and see what works best. Maybe some combination of hand plane and sander. I might even try the band saw and sander.

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#6 posted 06-27-2016 02:03 PM

Or the band saw and handplane to clean up the saw marks.

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