Learning Curve #8: A little box

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 03-20-2007 05:28 PM 1332 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This past weekend I purchased a foot control device for the scroll saw. What a difference that makes!! (Mostly that it is a lot safer as two hands can remain on the piece of wood and you don’t have to take your eyes off your work to shut off the machine.) Good investment.

My goal was to take the last pieces of willow that Rick had cut when practicing with the Little Ripper and, of course, make a box.

I only had 3 pieces left and I had a pattern for a couple little boxes that I wanted to try and make. The boxes are only a few inches wide – and they have box joints. A new skill waiting to be attempted. The pattern was from a book on Scrollsawing and so the joints would be attempted on the Dremel Scrollsaw.

The pattern for the one box fit on the wood (although there was a split in the one piece of wood that, of course, broke during the process and so it is being glued).

The second pattern didn’t quite fit on the remaining piece of Willow and I chose to use a scrap piece of oak to make two of the sides and the bottom.

The Results
- I have a box. It will hold things and that’s the point of a box.
- it does have box joints and they did go together making corners.
- I do have the beauty of the “live edge” on two of the sides and my love for this has been reinforced.
- Comparing the willow with the oak, I am reminded that I love the look of Willow.
- my precision is a little lacking on the cutting. Although the joints fit together there are some gaps
- the first cutting blade that I was using broke (and all was going so well) and I must have grabbed a used blade that should have went in the garbage already. I think it was too dull for precision (yah.. it was the blade’s fault. But I’ll know better next time. “Stop and throw it out” if it appears dull”.)
- it’s not bad for my first effort. Now to analyze it and take my skills to the next level.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 03-20-2007 11:14 PM

Debbie if you use pin-less blades. You can set them lower or higher in the jaws and get more life from your blades.

Usually you only use about a 1/2” section in the middle and by moving the blade you go to a new section.

-- 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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#2 posted 03-20-2007 11:46 PM

that’s a good tip.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 03-21-2007 08:01 PM

Another thing you can do Is put a piece of MDF on your table and clamp it down which makes it so you are cutting with the non-used part of the blade up 3/4ths of an inch higher…


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#4 posted 03-21-2007 08:02 PM

another good tip!!!

you guys are “WOK”s.

(wealth of knowledge)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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