Simple box to hold candy #1: Joinery

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-15-2017 11:05 PM 990 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Simple box to hold candy series Part 2: Grooves, panels, and a glue up... »

Had a request to build a little box to hold/hide candy in….I had a plank planed down to about 7/16” thick..or so.

6” wide. Has a bit of figure to it..

Needed to get five parts out of it..
Mitre saw to cut them out..

You were expecting a motor? Ok, the 5 parts needed..

A panel for the lid, an end a front and back and another end.
Got out the usual suspects..

I use one combo square to set depths, another to do a knife line across. The mortise chisel is to set the spacing of the fingers..

Normally, I would just use a backsaw for all those cuts…..that’s a lot of cutting. bandsaw was a bit quicker. It started making a lot of racket….

seems the lower wheel had a blowout. Well, saw still runs, and even runs quieter…

Came time to chop out the waste….mortise chisel was having “issues with the wood…we have ways..

A 1/4” Buck brothers firmer chisel…..made long before Home depot came about…I chop down about halfway, leaving a tab out at the edge, for support. I flip the board over and finish the chops..

I got the front and back all “fingered” and took a break….a Gulley-washer or two rolled through the area that evening…flooding the shop..

Ok, after the shop had a day or two to dry out, I got back to the finger joint work..

took some juggling around, but the pins were laid out on the end piece, and then chopped out like before. I also was trying to keep the grain running around the box. Once the first corner was done, it got easier to lay out and chop..

Corner #2 laid out..

And done. Set this mess to lay out the last two corners at once…

Then chop those out, and dry fit the entire set..

And even check for square..

Ok, all four corners are done. next up?

I have a bunch of grooves to plough. One for the lid’s panel, one to hold the poplar bottom panel, and a pair of grooves to split the top off. Offset just enough to make a seal around the edges of the lid.
Will need to build a jig to hold the parts still long enough to mill the grooves. Stay tuned….this might yet be fun…

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

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#1 posted 07-16-2017 12:22 AM

Coming along nicely.
Glad is a box to hide candy, with that nuch candy you would want to hide it too!

Otherwise it will be a dremmel in the mouth using a mirror to repair the damage.
I hear the metal based epoxy works well and there is no risk of mercury poisoning! (joke)

Bandsaw.. dont use it again until repaired go get another tyre, otherwise it will destroy the set on one side of your blade your blade and the wheel as welll.

I have an old pair of gum boots I could send you what size are you and a delivery address please.

-- Regards Rob

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