Treasure Box #7: separating the top from the bottom.

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Blog entry by TerryDowning posted 03-19-2014 08:58 PM 1892 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Clean up and First Look at what finish will be. Part 7 of Treasure Box series Part 8: Hardware fitting »

With all of the outer surface cleaned up, it’s time to separate the top from the bottom.

On my prototype box I used only a handsaw to separate the top from the bottom. My saws are not sharp or true enough and I had to trim way too much afterward. So I decided to use the table saw function on Shopsmith instead.

I made sure the fence was adjusted o match the scribe lines on the box. and adjusted the depth of cut that ti would NOT cut all the way through the side wall.

First cut the short sides

Then cut the long sides

Now the top can be separated from the bottom using a hand saw.

Then use my block plane to trim off the flashing.

Looking good so far

Now to install the hardware.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 11:01 PM

This step always creates a lot of tension for me. The entire project could be ruined in less than a heartbeat if anything slips and I never feel that I have adequate control of the box to prevent slippage. Yours succeeded and I can only imagine you are somewhat relieved. Keep up the good work.

-- Art

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 11:08 PM

Actually I find the hardware fitting to be much more aggravating and fretful. This step was pretty painless for me.

But yes, as work progresses in this project and the time gets shorter (9 Days to be done – 1 day of travel, so 8 days) the fear factor is ratcheting up. Add to this the fact that I have no more of this material so a catastrophic failure at this point would be a hard pill to swallow.

Oh well, I muddle on. I have to finish fitting the hardware, final sanding, and then the finishing. I hope to complete this weekend.

-- - Terry

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