Hidden figers joints? #4: Getting about done

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-21-2017 11:39 PM 1041 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Spent most of the day working on this box. When I removed the clamps, I found one corner that hadn’t glued up… So, got out the glue, and a couple big clamps. Trickle the glue into the open joint, and crank the thing tight..

I also took a bit of time to clean the other end of the box up..

Block plane to level things a bit. Since this is the bottom of the box, it would be nice if it would sit flat..

Set up the Stanley 45…

With a bead cutter….I think it was a 1/4” bead cutter…. set the plane aside for a while, waiting on the glue to cure out..

After a few hours of just sitting around, I went back to the shop, glue looked dried….take the box out of the clamps.

At first, I was just going to finish cleaning things up, but, since the box was in the vise, gave the 45 a tryout

After figuring out how far down to make a single bead…worked my way all the way around the box. I could also clean the rougher stuff up with a plane, and give the bottom’s outside edge a bit of roundover, as I rotated the box around. The one end was a bit rough to do, grain was running the wrong direction….

Finally done, I reset the plane for the second bead..

Seems the plane likes to clog up with a lot of shavings….finally got the second bead ran all the way around

The only rough spots were right at the corners

Kind of had to chop my way to start the beads. I then used the box the check the bandsaw for square, along with a square. Table needed tilted just a hair, table is now at 90 degrees to the blade, should be easy to saw the box open…..

meh, blade didn’t like right on the ends, as the wood was a bit thicker. Opened the box up..

Grabbed a plane to joint away the saw marks. I used the bandsaw because the hands were a bit too sore for a handsaw to be used. I kept the lid handy, to check how it fits…

This shows that yes, there is a special joint happening in the corners…Set up to add some hinges..

One of the few jobs I hate. Can’t seem to get these to go right, on the first try….

Took a couple tries, but they are installed. The “goop”? Well after all this work, I figured a coat of Witch’s Brew would be in order. So…maybe a PIP?

Front view. Back view is the same, other than the hinges poking out..

The top panel. A little less showy than the last box, even though it came from the same sheet of 1/4” plywood.
Box is 12” long, by 3-1/2” tall..

By 6” wide. I suppose I should go and find a latch for this box? Waiting on the “Brew” to stop smelling up the shop, so I can rub the finish out. may, or may not get a second coat. Not sure what I use this box for.

Want to thank Arlin Eastman for the idea of the full blind finger joints. Been fun.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 04:44 PM

Another masterpiece … good job!

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Combo Prof

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#2 posted 03-25-2017 11:23 AM

I really do like the look of this box. And will try to duplicate it some day.

I was worried that there would be trouble at the corners when you added the bead. Would there be blow out? It would in hindsight of course be safer and easier if the beads were cut befor the glue up.

I would have worried that the band saw blade might drift out of the bead groove. Did you cut through the box in one pass or just part each side individually?

You say you hate the job of putting in hinges. Look at this Paul Sellers video.

See also his bogs:

I’ve never found latches I like at my local hardware store so I instead have been putting in rare earth magnets.

Again I really like look of this box.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#3 posted 03-25-2017 12:51 PM

Box was cut in a single pass. Had to align the table square to the blade. The groove between the beads helped guide the cut.

Any blow out at a corner was taken care of when the next side was done.

I did the beads after the glue-up because I could level the top edge to match all the way around first. Had one edge a little taller than it’s neighbors. Planed the top edge even all around, then cut two beads.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Combo Prof

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#4 posted 03-25-2017 03:18 PM

Ah I see.

Went to the shop this morning to work on the box I am building for our TU banquet auction only to find a giant brown recluse spider sitting on it. Killed the spider but nature had its revenge when a chisel bit me as I blew out the back of a hinge mortise. Blue tape around the injury while I repaired and finished the mortise.

I have the lid cut off but I am considering running a bead around both lid and bottom. But will this tempt fate?

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#5 posted 03-25-2017 08:25 PM

I merely went slow, and worked my way around, that way the last bead lines up at where the first started at. There WAS a bit of blow-out, but the next bead took it out.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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