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lew

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08-17-2014 05:08 PM

My brother and his wife asked me to build them a “remote caddy”. My first reaction- No Problem! But, again, I think I allowed my mouth to override my a$$.

This is the design they wanted. It is about 4”W x 6”L x 4”H.

I thought, I could create the layers- with holes- and them glue them together. Sanding perfectly flat/straight sides to the holes has me stumped.

I used a pattern routing bit and a template to route the correct shaped holes- after hogging out most of the material with a forstner bit. Sanding out the burn marks really effected the “straightness” of the sides.

Suggestions, ideas and comments will be greatly appreciated.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.


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#1 posted 08-17-2014 05:47 PM

well at first i really dont see a problem making this one lew, for the top piece i would have used my scroll saw, and the other , cant you just make each layer and glue it up, am i missing something here, it looks pretty straight forward….tell me what im missing that makes this a complicated piece….:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 08-17-2014 05:56 PM

Can’t the bottom part just be one big rectangle and the

top part have the cut outs?

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#3 posted 08-17-2014 06:02 PM

A spindle sander could sand the insides without the bottom glued on.

But, your idea of a pattern bit with a a master piece cut with a scroll saw. Keep each piece larger so that the double sided tape would be on the outer edges. Then glue up everything then cut the outer edges off,

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 08-17-2014 06:19 PM

Thanks for the replies, guys.

Bob, waho and Karson- That’s what I am planning on, making each layer- except the bottom- gluing them then sanding the insides of the holes. I tried the scroll saw for removing material. Mine is a cheapie and I’ll need to get some more aggressive blades to cut the hard maple. The ones I have now seem to burn too quickly.
My problem is- after the blanks are glued, sanding out the burn marks while maintaining the perfectly straight perimeters of the holes. I’m using the oscillating spindle sander for the sanding. Be great if there was a guide bearing on it, too. When I’ve finished sanding the inside of the holes, the walls and corners just aren’t perfect anymore- like they were after routing.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-17-2014 06:24 PM

Only rout out the oak piece?

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#6 posted 08-17-2014 08:08 PM

I’ve actually made these. For remotes, for kitchen utensils, for…. well anything that gets “stood up” and used often and needs to be easy to grab.

Route out the TOP piece only. If the bottom piece is thick enough you can dish it in areas that correspond to the holes in the top piece using a core box bit in the router. Dishing the bottom piece just keeps the bottom end of things from sliding around too easily once they’re in the holder.

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Oh, and an oscillating spindle sander makes short work of sanding the insides of the holes :)

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#7 posted 08-18-2014 12:02 AM

Charlie; an interesting observation that the inner sections can be one big hole.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#8 posted 08-18-2014 12:09 AM

when i first saw this i thought that is what was to be done, , the top one was the only one with the sections, and the rest was all open, no reason to have the separate sections all the way down, so lew have you got this down now, is there any more question as to how this will go, its a really cool remote holder, im going to show this to my honey and see if she wants one…cant wait to see what you do lew…have fun…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 08-18-2014 12:36 AM

Thanks for the additional ideas. I think I just might go with the “top piece only” idea. Have to see what the sister-in-law says.
Thanks again for all of the ideas! I’ll post what I make.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 08-18-2014 12:56 AM

hey lew, just one more idea, maybe make the very last one on the bottom cut the same as the top, it might hold the remotes better, maybe see how the one on top works, if all the remotes stay upright and don’t slide any, ..well you know, you’re the master woodworker here…thanks for asking us, its always fun to try and help one another…have a good night

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 08-18-2014 01:23 PM

Thanks, Bob, that might hold things better than just dishing out the bottom.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 08-18-2014 02:50 PM


My brother and his wife asked me to build them a “remote caddy”. My first reaction- No Problem! But, again, I think I allowed my mouth to override my a$$....

- lew

I’m going to add this to my list of reasons why I don’t let others dictate the design of any projects I agree to do take on. They’re not the one who needs to execute…

But to add to the discussion, I’d argue a top, or top few layers only cutout could work. If it’s going to be 4” tall, a spindle sander should work fairly well. I’d argue that for function, you would still want to put in some degree of separation between the layers (albeit rougher probably would work find, followed by a cleaner top piece.

-- paxorion

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#13 posted 08-24-2014 10:00 PM

Do it like a bandsaw box. Glue all the wood layers together, cut off the back (and ), then cut out the openings, glue the back on, and put a finish on it. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#14 posted 08-24-2014 10:07 PM

Thanks, Roger, it might just come to that!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 08-26-2014 04:30 AM

I’d deliberately make the holes on the top layer slightly smaller than the layers below. That way the size and shape of the middle layers is relatively unimportant.

The other thing I might consider for the middle layers is to either line them with felt or to paint the inside of the holes balck. Both will hide a multitude of errors and difficulties. Felt would also be softer on the remotes.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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