A little time off #2: Back to work, a box from Poplar scraps

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-03-2017 05:24 PM 921 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Drills and things Part 2 of A little time off series Part 3: Time for a glue up »

Ok, had a few scraps of Poplar, just sitting around, getting in the way

Trimmed a few down, to see IF I could make a box out of them…

Laid out some tools, to make a few dovetails..

Just the Usual Suspects….Laid out some pins, since I do pins first..

Went to set up the Shop Stool, so I could sit while I work…

This is where it normally sits at, when I am running a saw..

This time, the welds on the stool decided to gave way…..had to saw the first set standing up, and I lean a bit, does the saw..

My son did have another such stool in his room, so I could get back to work…..but, I decided to just chop away..

And at least get a few pins done…...was able to get the “new” stool down to the shop, the next day..

Shop Stool #2 is in the house! I was able to sit and saw….no leaning, or the saw..

Set up a chopping block, of 2×6 Maple. Got out the 8mm Aldi’s chisel..the “New” one..

Chopped down about halfway, the flip the board over…

And pop the waste out. Used these pins the mark out the tails..

Sharp pencil. I cut on the waste side of those lines, the more I leave of each line, the tighter the fit, dry fit?

Not too hateful? Waste was sawn out with the bandsaw, as I can see the lines, and follow them a lot easier…

A few extra cuts don’t hurt. I use a mallet to drive the chisel to remove most of the waste….but, when I pare to the base line, my chin provides the power, and I can sight right down as I pare.

Got all four corners done, and checked for square…in a dry fit..

And that will do, for now. Next episode? Need to get “Groovy” as a box needs a bottom and a top…stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 11-03-2017 06:42 PM

Nice cutting. Thats something I need more practice on is cutting so the fit tight, and not have to start over cuz I cut too much.

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#2 posted 11-04-2017 05:27 PM

Darn fine chopping, I like working with Poplar, looking for a tree around here that I can mill some planks from!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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