Maple and Cherry Box #5: Finishing the Box’s Construction. Hilarity Ensues…

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Blog entry by Cheapguy82 posted 01-07-2017 04:37 PM 866 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Finishing Up the Sides, Bottom, and Lid and Ready for Assembly Part 5 of Maple and Cherry Box series Part 6: Splines, Shaping, Sanding, and (Unfortunately) More 'Learning Experiences' »

I went ahead and glued my sides together the other day. The sides actually went together well. I never have had band clamps on hand and I liked how they seemed to make the process simpler for me. I had previously used blue tape to hold mitered corners in place, which had worked well, but these clamps really allowed me to apply pressure where tape would just not.

Then, I glued and clamped the lid down while trying to keep the detail work lined up as closely as I could. However, before I started gluing and clamping and while dry fitting the lid in place, I instantly realized a mistake that I had made in the process.

I remembered that in my rush to get my lid put together, I had milled my cherry pieces for use in my lid first and put everything together before milling the rest for the sides of my box. Even though I tied to measure and get the remaining cherry pieces the same thickness, I very quickly realized that when trying to pull off a project like this – with seamless transitions between surfaces – that’s just not good enough. Next time, everything gets milled at once. No childlike excitement and no rushing. Lesson learned. Oops…

While clamping everything down, another couple things happened. First, one of the cherry pieces split lengthwise (you can see this in the pic above). To attempt a fix, I laid the box so that I could spread glue along the crack and allow gravity to let it seep down. I waited about five minutes, applied more glue for good measure and clamped the box again. Good news…nothing else came apart this time. Bad news, the second thing happened. No matter how much I tried adjusting things, I couldn’t get the lid exactly where I wanted it to go. I got it pretty close, so it was not a total ‘learning experience’ for me this time…which is good.

Next, I’ll flush trim my lid, then cut and glue my splines. I’ve actually done that before and have had a little success, so I feel pretty good about it. Past that, I will be rounding corners, sanding, and separating the lid. Once that’s done, I’ll give making some finger lifts a shot.

-- Stephen - Georgia

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Chris Cook

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#1 posted 01-07-2017 08:22 PM

I like this and I am inspired by your vertical accents.

I made a big sign for my shop that says THINK FIRST. Though many times I forget to read it first. I put it there to remind me of the many times I had spent hours and hours on a project just to walk into the shop and nearly ruin it because I rushed into the last 2% of the project.

Maybe my sign should say THINK FIRST, second and last!?

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#2 posted 01-08-2017 12:01 AM

Chris – Thanks for the comment! I’m glad that you like the accents. They’ve proved to be a bot more of a pain than expected, but next time I use them, they’ll be right…or I’ll find something else to mess up. The time after that, though, they’ll be right for sure. LOL

I find myself rushing through certain parts of projects, too (as you see in my story). I should have a similar sign in my shop. It might help me to remove my head from my hind end every one in a while and keep me from spending time on so many repair jobs.

Thanks again for following along and for chiming in.

-- Stephen - Georgia

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