Making a home for my 45 plane #3: Making the box

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Blog entry by CO_Goose posted 10-08-2017 02:19 AM 942 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Ideas for a Box Part 3 of Making a home for my 45 plane series Part 4: The interior, giving everything a home. »

Making the Box itself is pretty straightforward. The Japanese style is basically a really big box joint, only three pins per joint. First the sides were cut to size, then the joints were formed using the table saw, sorry, no hand tools here. the pins were fine tuned with a chisel and the ends were chamfered using a small block plane.

The sides used up most of the wide board that I had made, so I went off the the leftover pile of lumber and found a another board that I had picked up at an estate sale that looked like edge jointed pine for the lid and base. Two cleats were made to hold the lid in place, and the whole thing was assembled together using bamboo skewers to hold the alignment in place.

The lid is a sliding fit that has two cleats on the top to keep it from falling into the box. I read several descriptions online on how to cut it to size, and most left me slightly confused. There are several steps to the process, but the principal is that there is a part of the lid under each cleat on the ends. the braces on the lid serve to keep the lid from falling into the box, but also to limit travel of the lid and optionally wedge it in place. So after a little trial and error, I was able to get it to work well enough for this box.

The Wedge holds the lid in place to keep it from sliding open when the box is tilted. Here is a picture of the wedge partially removed on the box.

Now that the box is built, on to the interior!

-- Just making sawdust

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#1 posted 10-08-2017 07:50 PM

You did a very nice job on this plane box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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