Maple Frame & Panel Box #6: Assembled....and a forest of clamps

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-07-2018 02:48 AM 733 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Ends came out of the clamps…..test fits….weren’t that great. Decided not to cut a groove across the ends, just a notch in the bottom panel will do.

Had to use a bunch of clamps, to get this thing together….one corner wasn’t going to line up….either the groove was off, or the tongue was…

This was just the start of the follies…needed to add a couple cauls, to pull the ends into square….

More clamps. one on each end..

Then, noticed that troublesome corner..again. bandsaw to cut a sliver of Maple..

A spot of glue, and a few more clamps. Others got moved around a bit ( was making a Marine blush) and finally..

Some were even trying to hide….let this sit a day…..

This morning, before the errands were run, and after the finger got poked for a blood draw….

The clamps came off, box didn’t fly apart, and I could start on cleaning the corners up. Some needed a bit of plane work….some needed quite a bit more..

Had to add another strip of maple….right along the bottom of the rail…made it wide enough, it could support the plywood bottom. Came back from the errands ( and LUNCH)...and finished the clean up. Plane and a couple sanders…even did a bit of hand sanding!!....sheesh.
Decided to add a seal coat of Amber Shellac..

may need a second coat..

And finally the front, with it’s fancy grain..

Was a bit tired…took a break…after I had laid out the parts for the lid…

The part on top will get cut into two end pieces….with a bit of luck, they will be the same size…

After the rest break/nap….snuck back to the shop. Panel needed to be flattened on both faces. Then the #3c did that raised panel thing, to the better looking of the two. set aside. The three rails/stiles needed jointed along both edges, and then planed until they all matched for thickness. Set up a jig, and used the Stanley 45 to plough a few grooves….the two short rails did match for length, for once.

Once the grooves were done, a test fit was done…..after the stubby tenons had been cut. then time for glue, and not quite so many clamps..

Set the mess on top of the box….for now..letting it sit til the glue cures..

had to make sure I had all the parts facing the right direction…

back edge of the lid will be flush with the back of the box…hinges there. Overhang at the other three sides.
Once this is out of the clamps, I can work out the details…..

May be a few days, before I am allowed back in the shop….stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 08-07-2018 05:14 PM

Good looking box bandit. Keep up the good work. Don’t forget to take some naps

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