Machinist Toolcart #7: a Trim and a Shave

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 07-20-2011 04:11 PM 2408 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that the construction of the carcass was finished (as far as I can think) it was time to trim off the excess of the face frames (front was already done, and just had to do the back). I trimmed off the back as I got home from work. I used a block plane for that and brought the carcass into the house to continue working on it later at night when I get more time:

can still see the burn marks from the TS. Nothing that a good shave/scrape wouldn’t clean right off:

Later at night I took the carcass to he basement where it will ultimately go and gave it a final shave to clean all the edgings and front face burn marks. The scraper did a great job merging the edging with the plywood and smoothing everything up:

Now I know the box still needs to be finished and the edges slightly broken to take the sharpeness off of them, but I couldn’t resist the urge to see this thing in it’s final form and assess the sizing/height/etc so I put on the 5” wheels (2 swivel, 2 non swivel). I chose to put the swivel wheels on the front as based on my access and trying to fit this into narrow spaces I think that this would be the best point of rotation as opposed to placing the swivels on the side . Come to think of it, this would cancel the functionality of a side pull handle so I may change this later on, but for now this seems more useful in my case:

This project keeps on changing sizing on me all the time, during the design period it seemed properly sized. then when I cut the parts, it seemed like it was going to be too small. Then when I brought the assembled carcass into the house it seemed too big. and finally, when I put on the wheels, placed it right side up (why isn’t it upside up? shouldn’t the right side be on the right side?) and placed the toolbox on top of it – it looked JUST RIGHT! sizing is perfect, height is perfect. looking better and better (to me) every minute:

Now sure what I’ll tackle next, either finishing the carcass, or building the drawers each with it’s own pros and cons…. we’ll see what the muse will dictate.

Thanks for reading,

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

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 04:16 PM

Looking good.

The burn marks look like stoppage marks. Are you keeping your piece moving across the TS through the entire cut, or are you doing hand-to-hand switch off that is causing you to stop the piece mid cut?

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#2 posted 07-20-2011 04:21 PM

Thanks Jon – good catch. that is indeed where I stopped to fetch and use the push stick to complete the cut.

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

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#3 posted 07-20-2011 04:21 PM

Nice job Purp.
I do like it in the basement better.
Or should I say down in the basement (as if a basement would ever be up).


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 05:37 PM

Lookin’ good!

Personally, my favorite part is how it is serving as temporary functional storage for your Whole Foods groceries!

-- Ryno

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#5 posted 07-21-2011 07:28 AM

This is definitely coming together rather nicely.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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