UMS - A Box #2: I have a plan

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 03-10-2014 07:51 PM 2526 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yes. Well. I’m going to have to relent and show you the plan. I looked at all the progress pictures and whilst I understand where this is going, no-one else will. Here it is

It’s all in millimetres ( like most of the world I use the metric system ). No I will not give imperial measurements, use a calculator. The reason for doing the chess board pattern first becomes apparent here. It is the most complex part of the design. It ended up slightly undersize. So I had to scale the box dimensions down from 100 mm sq. x 62 mm high to approx. 92 mm x 57 mm. Marvelous thing TurboCAD. It did it all for me.

Anyway there are four basic shapes to cut here. The first three are from the Cherry. The piece I have is 205 mm x 105 mm x 25 mm. Given the grain directions I’ve chosen (not shown in the plan, they will become apparent) its not wide enough for the plain rectangular sides so I’m going to have to book-match. . So the first thing I did was cut out templates from a full sized print of the drawing to use as templates

Oh look the lines on the templates show the grain direction, told you it would become apparent!

The one piece of Cherry also doesn’t have quite the surface area for all the pieces so I re-sawed it in half (and cut the Bloodwood pieces to the same thickness), so

and marked out the pieces I’m going to need, as above. The lozenge shaped piece, 2, is interesting. That’s going to end up as two, book matched, rectangular side pieces. Don’t believe me well here we go

Resaw the above into two 4 mm thick slices so, marking the ends to avoid later confusion.

The glue together so (using CA, its quicker)

Then re-cut


and re-cut

Clean off the glue and you have

After cutting out the other pieces you have this

The two pieces to the left (and the centre piece) need to be re-sawn, but only after the curves have been cut (why do that twice).

I then cut the curves (router table and circle cutting jig, see previous blog entries) to give

Shown rotated 90 degrees to the plan, just for the hell of it. Oh alright

That’s it for today.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 03-10-2014 10:08 PM

I sure don’t know how you figure this out, but, your dog-gone good at it. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 03-10-2014 11:13 PM

It looks like I was wrong but I was expecting that since every project you blog is entirely different from the previous one.

I will wait for the next one. It will be exiting to see how you fill the gap in the middle.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 03-10-2014 11:15 PM

Cool! It is going to be a beauty! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 12:46 AM

Cool, yes! Shhh…don’t tell the colonies that all their electricity is in SI units!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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