A project in Maple #6: A bottom framed, a puppy died, a lid done...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-01-2017 04:22 AM 1897 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a little 3 month old puppy in the house…..she came down sick the other day….the next morning she passed away, before we could even get her to the vet…..thinking something poisoned her out in the yard….

Ok, I wasn’t in a very good mood when I returned to the shop…

Hammer and chisel to shape the feet a bit, to at least blend them together….
Ripped a bunch of maple scraps into 1×1s…and made a frame of sorts..

To support the plywood bottom. Had to “toe-nail a few spots…

Otherwise, just nails and glue to hold the frame in place…..

No matter how well I marked this panel for size, I still had to trim it down to fit…..glue and screws to attach it to the frame….was getting a bit fed up….then tried the lid…

Too long, and not wide enough….trip to Menards for one more plank of Maple….and even found a deal!

Got this for $5. the plank was $2 less than the last one I bought, and a foot longer! Cut off a 31” long chunk from the plank. Check to see IF I needed to joint and edge…

Not really needed. I did need a few cauls, to keep it halfway flat….This morning, the clamps came off..

Hmm…still too long, and now a tad too wide….we have ways..

Hey, it IS a vintage saw…a framer square to mark each end, then trimmed for length….When I first tried to rip for width…one end was wider? Ok, measure from one edge, make a mark..go to the other end, and do the same…then dig out a straightedge..

Called a Tinner’s Rule. Marked a new line. and ripped that.

Dug out the old router table….then another chunk of maple was rough cut to length, and then ripped down the center. I had two breadboard ends. Needed to mill a dovetail along one edge..

Got both done….Then I needed to remove the bit, and install it in another router, sooo (we like to move it, move it…) and set up a fence…a few times..

First time was a hair off. After ripping the mess off, I re-checked WHERE it was cutting, and made a adjustment…
I also clamped a bit of scrap along the far side, to help support the router’s fat …bottom..

Slid one of the bread boards in place….pulled it back out, a few dabs of glue, and drive the board through. Flip the lid around, and repeat. sat it on the case..

Kind of plain jane…breadboards are a tad long..
Got bored this evening, no puppy to play with…meander back to the shop. Picked up a pint can of varnish (empty) and laid out a few curves. Bandsaw was fun to cut the curves….

Sander to remove the saw marks, and fair the curve a bit. Laid the lid on the bench..

And found a lot of “high” spots where two boards didn’t quite match. The center of the lid had also cupped a bit…we have ways..

a cambered Jack plane, to remove the worst of the spots. Had to do this to both faces. A smooth plane was run along the edge grain areas, to remove saw marks. Finally was able to use the smooth plane on the faces..

To clean things up. set the lid back on the case..

Looks much better, now? need to do the same things to the case, to get it all nice and finish ready. Might even install the hinges. Un-decided about a little box on the inside….may do without it, and use some hardware, instead…..stay tuned….

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

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#1 posted 10-01-2017 08:16 AM

Looking good under the circumstances

Keep up the good work!!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 10-01-2017 10:50 AM

Sure sorry to hear about the loss of your puppy. That just sucks.

Great looking little chest. Nice work.

-- EARTH FIRST! We'll log the other planets later. Trust your neighbors, but brand your calves. Opinion worth price charged.

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#3 posted 10-01-2017 03:47 PM

Looking good bandit, lot of hard work planing all that oak and maple flat, better you than me :D

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#4 posted 10-01-2017 08:12 PM

Sorry to hear about the pup.

Chest is coming along nicely.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-03-2017 11:14 PM

It’s great you stayed focused. The chest looks nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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