Adventures in CNC routing #6: Wine Box pt. 2

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 06-01-2018 12:41 PM 1012 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My last post went through the CNC & engraving aspects of building a wine box prior to glue-up. Although this post doesn’t deal much with CNC, I figured it’d be best placed in line with the last post. So anyways, here are the more traditional woodworking steps included in my wine box construction.

I start by setting up the TS and Spline Sled to cut grooves into the corners of the box. I was going to attach a link to the project page that I posted my spline sled, but just realized I never posted it. Hm.

Flipping the box over will keep the top/bottom splines symmetrical.

Since I plan on cutting off the lid, I need to take into account the 1/8” that I will lose, and adjust the fence for the middle splines. Its kinda tough to notice, but the middle two are slightly different spacing.

To cut the splines, I use a push stick and set the fence to 1/8”.

Sometimes the splines are too small because of the vibration of the blade, so I always check for fit before gluing. Once I know they work, a little bit of glue and mallet put them into place.

After the glue dries, its time to start getting the corners flush. I start by cutting the splines on the band saw, but try to keep the blade far enough away that it doesn’t scratch the sides.

I noticed that I failed at keeping the blade far enough away from the sidewalls of the box. Damnit.

Using the handheld belt sander, I’m able to flatten the remaining portions of the splines.

It takes a little longer, but I’m also able to sand out the band saw mark, too.

Now that all the edges are flat, I’m able to cut off the lid on the Table Saw. This can be tricky, especially on the last edge.

Once the lid is off, I use the router to cut Faux feet and the lid lift. I prefer using a 1/4” cove bit for the lid lift instead of a spindle sander as it doesn’t interfere with the engraving on the front.

Last thing, as always, is to Sand, Sand, Sand, Sand…..

After a long process of sanding, I’m ready to finish with multiple (5) coats of spray lacquer and some paste wax. Look for the final project post coming soon!

Thanks for following along, any questions feel free to leave a comment.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 06-01-2018 04:11 PM

Very well explained. Love the wine boxes. Great job buddy

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#2 posted 06-01-2018 08:24 PM

Looking good mate…

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#3 posted 06-01-2018 10:51 PM



-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 06-02-2018 12:06 AM

Tahnks Hoss, Larry, and Jim. Always nice to hear from others that you admire

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 06-02-2018 01:41 AM

That’s the way to bring it home Tooch. Now you just have to figure a way so we can eliminate some of that sanding.
I agree, well explained.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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