A Paul Sellers' Box build #5: From one glue-up to the next..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-18-2020 07:18 PM 938 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Box came out of the clamps, this morning…..always a good sign, when things don’t fly apart when the clamps are removed….then a lot of clean up began…

Was trying NOT to break the corner joints. Plane and a sander….leveled things at bit, checked for square, corrected as needed…Laid this onto the base, and centered it up…..pencil line to show where it will sit. Whew.

Pencil lines were also to keep the round-overs from going too far…

Yep, will have to fix those 2 spots, later..
Sellers used a double round-over on the base….you use a plane, do the end grain first…

Helps if you have a center line, to balance out the cut. Once the ends were done, and sanded smooth, then do the long grain sides…

As Sellers says..a nice, crisp, corner….Now, Sellers also glued the base to the box. Used the vise as a third hand, to start the clamps, after a bead of glue was run around the bottom of the box….making sure the box lined up with the lines on the base…

Had one spot, where the bottom edge of the drawer opening splayed out a bit…

An extra clamp to pull it back into place. Letting this sit for a while….need a lid made, and start on the drawer..may need me bi-focals for the drawer…

Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 01-18-2020 07:54 PM

Darn, them D.T.s look so good when the Tails are done first:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 01-18-2020 08:37 PM

Just wait until I start these…

Thickest part of this drawer is….1/2” (Front..) rest is barely thicker that 1/4” ( 5/16” tops…)

May need me Bifocals…

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

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#3 posted 01-19-2020 01:33 PM

I have been making one (although not using P.S. dimensions and using grooves).
I had cut the drawer front to piston fit the opening.
But apparently the seating for the tails of the half-blind dovetails were too deep. the “pins” were proud. So, after glue-up when I flushed the side, my drawer front was not anymore wide enough…
I have 1 mm gap.
I will try to glue some shims on the box side.
A lesson learned.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#4 posted 01-21-2020 01:25 AM

Used a dado to house the back of the drawer, and grooves to house the bottom of the drawer. Hardest part is getting the sides the right size, to slide in…

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

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