|Forum topic by Jerry Bowen||posted 03-14-2012 06:32 PM||2506 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
03-14-2012 06:32 PM
One of the first things that I wanted to try to do after buying my Incra jig was to make jewelry boxes. I pursuit began about a year ago. The summer in West Texas was one of serious cought, I tell you this set up the way my summer went. Normally I spend a lot of time during the summer keeping our large yard up, mowing, trimming etc., but because of the drought, we just had to let things go but it did give me plenty of time to work in the shop, I should say, work in the shop during the mornigs before it got so hot, that I could not stand it in the shop which is a large tin building.
So, the quest begain, and there has been quite a learning curve, part of my problem is that my expectations far exceed my ability to esecute. The learning and experimenting provided many many hours of woodworking pleasure. The first was centering the set up so that the dovetail cuts were perfectly centered. Many e-mails were sent back and forth between myself and Mark Mueller about this issue. The problem did eventually get resolved, and in my case I accidently discovered that there is small hole in the plate of the router lift that happens to line up almost perfectly if not perfectly with the center of the router collet. When a center line is marked on the workpiece using an incra gauge and then lineing it up with the center of that hole and setting the fence to that positionk, you are very very close to being perfect.
The real challenge was my inability to properly cut the top off of the box to create the lid I assume that anybody reading this understands what I am referring to, if not let me know.
After many triail and error attempts that did not work for me and after being rather frustrated, one day I took a piece of scrap three quarter inch plywood and used it to lay flat on the top of the table of the saw use it to hold the box snug against the fence while makeing the cuts. Wa La, finally the problem that had existed went away.
However, there was still one more issue to deal with, I had been setting the saw blade very low, just at a height that would not let it completely cut through the sides and ends of the box, and after making the cuts, I would use a knife to finishish things up, the problem was that I have been using oak for the sides and walnut for the ends and cutting through dovetails by the way. Well, with the blade set so low, I was burning the oak, by the way I am using Freud Premium Fusion Combo blade which I had purchased to use to rip oak and it does do a treat job of fipping oak whne the blade is set high. The answer to lthe burning problem with the blade set low was to set the blade about an inch in height and make the side cuts on the oak, and then lower it again when makeing the euts on the walnuts. This allowed the cut to be executed properly, and there is no bunning on the oak.
So far I have not completed a jewelry box to my satisfaction, but I do have several almost finished boxes that i use to keep odds and ends in. The dovetail joints made on the jig are very nice, you must remember to always have a fresh backing board behind eash se of cuts, watch the marks on the template, just common sense stuff, but like anything else if you deal with the little details, the big issues are pretty much eliminated. My problem has been finding and learning about these little details, until then, over looking them will and have, caused my projects to be less than my expectations. But for me at least, finding out about these little things has been what has intrigued me so much with wood working.
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