Maple and Cherry Box #2: Beginning to Make Sawdust

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Blog entry by Cheapguy82 posted 01-02-2017 06:52 PM 665 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First Blog - The (Mis)adventures of my Maple and Cherry Box Part 2 of Maple and Cherry Box series Part 3: Box Side Contruction Debacle »

For this project, once the initial planning and measuring was done, I started making sawdust – and a lot of it. I had a piece of curly maple that was already in good shape, but had started with a chunk of cherry wood that was beautiful…but still a chunk.

I decided to pick the most flat edge and just go to the jointer…then the table saw…then back to the jointer…and back to the table saw – then to the planer once I had something sorta kinda flat to work with. That process made a big mess and a less ‘chunklike’ piece of cherry with which to work.

Ah…what a beautiful thing…

Less ‘chunklike’ cherry wood

I began to mill this down into 1/2” pieces of similar thickness to use for my ‘striping’. (The pic below is of leftovers – the actual pieces were all the same size)

I cut the maple over the size for the top that I wanted to end up with and did the same with the pieces that were for the sides of the box. I decided to put my design on the top first with plans to use this to measure and match the sides to get everything lined up. You can see the design here:

This was built in two steps. First, I cut and laminated the horizontal stripe (and allowed it to dry), then a cut and laminated in the two vertical ones. This piece was run through the planer, making very shallow passes until it was in good enough shape to sand to 220 grit.

At this point, I was going to attack the sides. This is where things got interesting…

-- Stephen - Georgia

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