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Blog series by TerryDowning updated 03-21-2014 07:41 PM 8 parts 15320 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started

02-18-2014 08:46 PM by TerryDowning | 3 comments »

A while back, my Son and and his fiance’ commissioned a “Treasure Box” to hold the best wishes of the people attending their upcoming wedding and receptions (yes 2, 1 in the Seattle area where she is from and 1 in So Cal where He is from, small wedding ceremony to be held in San Francisco) That is the why, now for the what. I’m using Plum wood. Why Plum? It’s what I have on hand. I harvested and processed what I could of a tree 2 years ago. Tree died of na...

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Part 2: Raised Panel Bottom

02-20-2014 09:43 PM by TerryDowning | 6 comments »

I’ve done a couple of raised panels now using hand planes. There are a couple of videos if you google raised panel with hand planes. One form Paul Sellers and one from Stumpy and basically they describe the same process. Unfortunately, I have discovered a couple of issues with this process that I did not care for. 1. The raised panel itself is not cleanly defined.2. The rabbet used to go into the sides of a frame or box are more wedge shaped and the panel does not seat claenly in...

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Part 3: Top Panel and mitered dovetails

02-24-2014 08:31 PM by TerryDowning | 3 comments »

So, I thought I wood try my 45 for making the top panel. Now I fully understand Roy Underhill’s and Patrick Leach’s comments and concerns regarding the 45. While it is a versatile lane. It does not do well when the grain is interlocked and/or the wood is hard. Coupled with the narrowness of this stock. It was not looking good. So, time to burn some electrons.The down side of power tools are:setup timeadequate time for testingyou make mistakes faster. I did not spend eno...

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Part 4: A little more on the mitered dovetails

03-05-2014 05:11 PM by TerryDowning | 5 comments »

When I left off I had completed the first of four for this box. I thought I would share a little more on the process of the mitered dovetails and update the progress on this project. Something I have learned about dovetails in general is to clearly mark the waste sections to be cut away. It only takes a few seconds and really makes the difference when clearing the waste. I can’t tell you how many times I have cut on the wrong side of the line. Marking them clearly is the answer. ...

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Part 5: Dry fit and glue up

03-11-2014 03:35 PM by TerryDowning | 5 comments »

In the last segment I explained a bit more about the process for creating the Mitered Dovetails. Using that process I continued to refine the fit by repeated dry fittings. A couple of words on dry fitting and dovetails. The more you fit those joints, the looser they become. I had heard this before. The reality is the more you fuss with it the worse things get. Eventually you need to gain enough confidence in your skills (both in the initial cutting and clearing of the joints and wha...

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Part 6: Clean up and First Look at what finish will be.

03-14-2014 10:58 PM by TerryDowning | 7 comments »

Previously I completed the glue up. After the glue cured, I removed the clamps and got started cleaning everything up. I trimmed off the excess material on the pins using my 60 1/2 LA Block Plane which worked great. I did notice a small crack in the top panel (Which I already knew about before the glue up. And with the pins cleared off, gaps from poor fitting began to show. I experimented with a couple of adhesives and saw dust as gap fillers. I tried the hide glue with saw dust and ...

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Part 7: separating the top from the bottom.

03-19-2014 08:58 PM by TerryDowning | 2 comments »

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 ...

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Part 8: Hardware fitting

03-21-2014 07:41 PM by TerryDowning | 1 comment »

Let me start with a rant. Specialty woodworking stores are quite a drive for me so I don’t get to go very often. I chose to go to Woodcarft because it’s a more enjoyable drive. Upon arriving I found out that the supply of small box hardware on hand was terrible (almost non-existent) many items were out of stock and my choices were severely limited. the size of my stock also severely limited my choices. Why does Woodcraft not stock the same metal finish for their small box lo...

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