Breadbox Class #3: Making the end pieces

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 10-23-2011 02:16 AM 12056 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Let's make some saw dust! Cutting the long boards. Part 3 of Breadbox Class series Part 4: Finishing the ends. »

Now we will make the end pieces for the breadbox. Start with your 7 1/2” by 8 1/4” pieces.

They are probably the hardest part of this project so I will break it up into two parts. The first one will be to shape the part.

The first thing you will need to do is to rotate your miter gauge 15 degrees. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just get it as close as you can. If your gauge is set square it will be at the 90 Degree mark. 90 – 15 = 75. So when you move it 15 degrees it will be on the 75 mark.

You will want to make a long fence and attach it to your miter gauge. Just a piece of wood long enough to support the stock close to the blade. The fence on my gauge is adjustable but you can do exactly the same thing yourself with your stock gauge. They all have holes or slots to attach a fence. Then you want to use a stop on your miter gauge.
This will make sure that the part will not move away from the blade as you cut it.

Now make sure that the 8 1/4” Edge is against the fence. Look at the drawing.

It is best to draw a line on your part before you cut it to avoid cutting the wrong side.

You will want to leave 3/4” on the cut. Look at the picture with the dimensions to see what I mean.
Cut it leaving some extra material on it and then move your stop closer and closer until there is 3/4” left on the part.

Here is the part cut.

Next we will create some feet where there were none. Set your blade to 1/8” above the table.

Then set your rip fence to 1 1/2” from the blade. Leaving your long fence from the last step will be a good idea. Don’t be afraid to put cuts in it.

If you want to save yourself from doing the next operation twice, clamp your 2 pieces together.

Next stand you part up and make a cut. Then rotate the part and do the same to the other end.

Then more the rip fence out of the way and remove the material between the two cuts little by little.

Here you see all the cuts completed. (notice that the parts are still clamped together. All that is left to do is to clean up the saw cuts. You can use a file, rasp, chisel or sandpaper.

Then using sandpaper, round all the edges. Do it on all edges, inside and out. When you are done it will look something like this.

Here is one part completed.

Next time we will work on all the holes to attach them.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 02:34 AM

Great Gary. Nice presentation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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