Poplar Box, dovetail version #2: Feeling groovy, and doing the Stanley 45 dance

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-03-2019 04:38 PM 317 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Not quite a repeat Part 2 of Poplar Box, dovetail version series Part 3: Flipping a lid »

OK, pills taken, bathroom break done…wander back to the shop…taken the assembled box apart. reach for the Stanley 45….only to discover it is still set up from the last box….so, in order to do grooves for the plywood top and bottom panels to sit in….some changes were in order…

Those long rods would just be in the way, and, that cam rest would not fit….set the cam rest aside, change back to the short rods. Re-assemble the plane….

Took maybe 5 minutes, including digging out the rods from the case, and returning the excess parts to the case, and setting the case back on the shelf…..

Needed a simpler jig….had a lot of grooves to mill, less time spent changing the jig(s) around for each, the better..

First tried a single screw in the block of scrap….scrap was too small, and wanted to rotate…went to a longer scrap, added a second screw. Set it to where the edge of the parts would overhang the bench a bit. Then, one screw at each end of the part…one could even stay put, and just use the 4th one to lock the parts in place. Right in-between two pins or tails…I could change the “locking” screws to allow the shorter or longer parts into the jig.

Depending on which part needed grooves next…grooves are 1/4” wide, 3/16” deep ( or so) and 1/4” in from the edge of the boards…

Also, after the first couple passes, rub the groove’s sides with the old candle, just a dab on each wall, right near the start point….plane will slide much better in the groove. 8 grooves were now done….need 4 more…but..

This groove is for the inside of the lid. Short rods won’t reach this far back. 5 minute break, re-install the long rods, and the cam rest…

At least it is only a few grooves, instead of 8..

Lid grooves are placed at that wider dovetail…when the outside groove is made to split the lid off, dovetail should look like the theory…we’ll see..again, cut 2 plywood panels to size…maybe joint a rough sawn edge, if needed…

Test the fit…then spread the glue, and grow a forest of clamps..

Was a busy day?

Noodles are a little too crunchy.
Let this sit a day, or so….then try to split the lid off…..that will be the next episode….

Stay tuned..

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