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Rightousdan

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04-21-2015 10:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: help resource tip question trick drill press finger groove

Hello Everyone!
New wood worker here looking for some advice on a project I have been working on for some time.

I have been making wooden photo boxes for my wife photography business for a year now. I have made probably 50-60 walnut boxes with sliding lids. I really enjoy making these as it gets me time in the shop and since I have summers of from work( Im a teacher) I can devote a lot of time to honing my skills.

Anyway…..

The question is this. I love the sliding lid on this box, and although it takes some fine tuning to get just right, it looks great I think. The problem is the little nubbin that is glued on the lid to assist with opening the box. I do not have a great way to cut the little nubbins (safely) or cleanly enough to make these look a little more professional. I have built a crosscut sled but even that gets a little dicey when trying to cut a 1/2 wide nubbin.

I would really like to do some sort of a recessed finger pull but the only way I can think of doing this is with a Drill press and I do not have one, or have the money to buy one. I do own a router table, table saw, jointer. planer and miter saw with some pretty basic hand tools.

Does anyone have any ideas of how I can achieve this “recessed finger pull” without using a drill press?

I have attached some pictures of my work and am also open to critique as well.

Any and all ideas are welcome.

Thanks as always for your time.


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Ghidrah

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#1 posted 04-22-2015 12:51 AM

Consider making yourself a miter box that’ll hold the item securely then use a fine toothed backsaw or one of the Japanese finish saws. Pretty much any motorized blade will chunk something that small and or send it flying. Then hand sand it.

-- I meant to do that!

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endgrainy

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#2 posted 04-22-2015 12:58 AM

Great boxes!

For the nubbin, I agree with Ghidrah – a Dozuki is the way to cross cut it safely. Consider a bandsaw if you must batch them out.

For the recessed finger pull, a drill press may be helpful. If not, consider a carving gauge? Router with cove bit? Or a different design, maybe something like this:

http://www.startwoodworking.com/plans/make-box

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 04-22-2015 01:00 AM

You could use something like a 1/2” dish bit in the router. Set it at an appropriate height. Drop your lid on the spinning bit and slide it along the fence, then either lift off or turn off the router and wait til the bit stops spinning. Clamp some starting and stopping points on the fence.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Rightousdan

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#4 posted 04-22-2015 01:27 AM



You could use something like a 1/2” dish bit in the router. Set it at an appropriate height. Drop your lid on the spinning bit and slide it along the fence, then either lift off or turn off the router and wait til the bit stops spinning. Clamp some starting and stopping points on the fence.

- firefighterontheside

Thanks for ideas everyone. I especially like this idea. Ill have to pick up a dish bit and give this a whirl.

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Rightousdan

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#5 posted 04-24-2015 12:43 PM



Great boxes!

For the nubbin, I agree with Ghidrah – a Dozuki is the way to cross cut it safely. Consider a bandsaw if you must batch them out.

For the recessed finger pull, a drill press may be helpful. If not, consider a carving gauge? Router with cove bit? Or a different design, maybe something like this:

http://www.startwoodworking.com/plans/make-box

- endgrainy

I have a 14” Bandsaw with a fence. How would you recommend using the bandsaw to batch these out? I have tried before and feel like my results were pretty bad from pieces flying around.

Thanks,

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 04-24-2015 01:24 PM

One way I have done it is w/ a Forstner bit. It is a simple solution.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Ghidrah

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#7 posted 04-24-2015 08:28 PM

This the new version of the old tool I used when I was in HS. I recently saw a similar but older one being used in an art supply store. With small cuts like the one you show this would make tonza clean dupes

-- I meant to do that!

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#8 posted 04-24-2015 08:31 PM

I made a recessed pull on a box for a specialty plane, using just a couple of chisels

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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endgrainy

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#9 posted 04-25-2015 12:26 AM


I have a 14” Bandsaw with a fence. How would you recommend using the bandsaw to batch these out? I have tried before and feel like my results were pretty bad from pieces flying around.

Thanks,

- Rightousdan

I typically use a zero clearance insert, the fence, and the miter gauge on the bandsaw. If the pieces fly,I just pick them up off the floor when I’m done. You could put up a piece of cardboard on the far end of the table to prevent some of the scatter.

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