Whiskey Tango F.. Box #1: A light in the Chaos: rough cuts

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 01-03-2021 06:53 AM 455 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Whiskey Tango F.. Box series Part 2: BJTS: Box Joints with a Track Saw »

It’s been a while since I posted, or did anything woodworking related (other than a few short single day turnings, or the likes). Living in a small house with not much work space I find it difficult to get in the moment of creation as there is so much overhead around it. This project was in the works for quite some time (in my head), and I am quite happy to have been able to get myself to engage in it.

My current work space involves a single workbench that is mostly used for storage. I recently purchased a jaw horse and it allows me to setup a small workspace. Although it comes with the cost of setting up and breaking down every time, it does give me the in-between time to do some work. Behold, the shop (literally, in it’s entirety):

I usually will clamp an MDF board as my work surface, and use a track saw for cutting to size, then clamp vertically for joinery work. It isn’t ideal, but is quite useful.

Step one was designing this box. This time I opted for Shapr3D on my iPad. I have been using it for 3D printing, and am getting quite fond of it’s interface and accessibility running on iPad with a pencil (only caveat is the free version only allows you to work on 2 models at any given time, so I am still trying to see if this is feasible).

Step 2 – rough cuts. Using the mobile work station of old I picked up some left over 3/4 plywood and cut the parts to size. This is partially an experiment build, ideally I would do this with solid lumber, but for now, doing with what I’ve got laying around. Better something than nothing.

We keep on hearing “it isn’t about the tool, but how you use it” and I do miss having a table saw for repetitive cuts, but I have to say, this setup worked wonders producing parts that were pretty accurate on the money. One thing I did change from the original design is some dimensions (+1/2” here, +1/4” there) that just seemed to have better harmony:

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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