Shaker Blanket Box #2: Timber Purchase, Prep & Glueup

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 11-13-2010 02:31 AM 1608 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For Christmas this year I’m making 2 Blanket Boxes (Toy Chests for the kids) and a Wax Melter. The materials (radiata pine) and construction (dovetailed solid timber) is fairly similar so I’ve working on them together.

Step 1 – Purchasing the Timber

I purchased the timber (with an extra few boards) from Bunnings. Fortunately they must have had new stock in and the boards I selected were actually close to flat and without major defects or many knots.

Step 2 – The Rough Cut Battle Plan

After marking out all my cuts (with margin for error) I then rough cut the pieces using my Makita Jigsaw.

Step 3 – Jointing

The boards were close to flat from the shop. Although, I would normally still go through the processing of dressing the timber (jointing and thicknessing) this time I decided I would hand plane the faces after glue up and would use the machines to do the edges.

Step 4 – The Glue Up

With a new bottle of Titebond 3 I started gluing up the 16 pieces required for the projects.

-- Daniel -

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 04:16 AM

I’m surprised you can get good cuts with the jigsaw. Mine seem to rarely be straight and plumb.

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 05:01 AM

I can get fairly straight and clean cut with the jigsaw. Cuts nice and smooth on these softer timbers with minimal vibration.

I only wanted a rough cut though. When the panels are glued up I’ll recut the edge with a circ saw. The jigsaw is quieter and safer and hence my preference for rough cuts.

THanks for the comment.

-- Daniel -

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