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Tap & Die Box build #5: A day at the drill press?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-24-2020 12:56 AM 325 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not really….maybe an hour or two..first, I wanted to make sure that plywood panel will indeed fit the box, so I did a dry fit….

Something wrong….it actually fir perfect on the first try ! Hmmm…
So, I hauled so toys to the shop….needed to find the center of a board…

Then take another small combo square, set it to the line, then draw a center line on down the length of the board..Then set up and drilled one hole, to test fit one Die….

Seems to work. Then use the dividers to “step off” 9 more holes along that center line…

Then drill 9 more holes…

Then stash 10 dies..

Later on, I made small tip-up holes under these Dies…makes it a bit easier to “dig them out”
Same things with the “racks” to hold the taps…..only things that change, is the size of the drill bits used, some took a large size..

Then as each sized set was done, a smaller drill bit was needed…

To the point I was using a 3/8” Forstner bit. Got both racks drilled & filled. Decided a test fit of the entire set-up was needed, with the bottom panel in place, too. Wanted to make sure those HUGE 7/8” taps would be low enough not to hit the lid…

Then empty the box back out, take the box apart, grab the bottle of glue, a few cauls, and a few clamps…

All clamped up. Checked for square…....even the diagonals were perfect…all for corners were indeed square…how did that happen….hmmm…got lucky…

Maybe that plywood panel helped out?

Have since found two more planks, checked to make sure they are the same thickness….match the grain….then glued them into a panel…..I can cut that done into a lid…or two…

Will post a photo of the panel later.

Green Stripe? Keep, or not?

The other side…bench vise helps as a third hand, and keeps things flat….
Why no tablesaw in use?

I’d have to “find” it, first….

Stay tuned…

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



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