Tap & Die Box build #7: Lid and hardware installed..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-27-2020 01:18 AM 524 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: The making of a lid Part 7 of Tap & Die Box build series no next part

Had to level the bottom edges of the lid….so it would fit onto the top of the box….without rocking..

Planes, beltsanders and such…The racks needed the holes for the dies “chased” a bit…1” forstner bit to each hole.

Needed a way to clamp the racks to the bottom of the box..

Used the side of the bench as a caul, and enough scraps to reach above the edge of the sides….took two glue ups, one for the main racks, and a second one for the single…worked on the lid a bit more..

I have a baggie full of Hardware parts…dumped it out into the lid (as a tray)..

And sort through all of this mess, searching for just the right hinge, latch. and handles..

Today…Clamped the lid into place, and installed a pair of hinges..

fancy ratcheting screwdriver to drive very tiny screws..

Then turn the box over, still clamped up, and install a latch and a name plate holder..

Box has 4 square holes, where the groove for the bottom panel shows through….had some Poplar scrap…trimmed 4 pieces to fit into the holes, dab a glue first….then trim flush…chisel, then a block plane..then a sander.

Square holes are gone. Had to use a slightly bigger pilot hole drill..

After the other bit snapped off. Mainly for the screws for the handles..

Tried to get the handles centered on the ends of the box…

Then the adventure of adding a chain between the lid and the box….cut one chain to length…found a pair of screws to hold the chain…went to install the chain..screws won’t start…place them and the chain on the bench, use the pilot hole drill….only to find the chain had run off and hid…even one of the screws tried to tag along…caught the screw…re-cut another length of chain…try again…had to hand start…finally..

Then close things up…and sand and sand…eased the sharp corners a bit…

All set for the coat of Minwax “Gunstock” stain….

Turns things almost a Cherry colour..

Note the grain on the end of the lid?

Not only did I stain the inside…

I loaded it up. letting things air out, and dry overnight….will see about a top coat later tomorrow…
Next post will be about as a Project…thanks for looking in…

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#1 posted 09-29-2020 09:09 PM

Good stuff Bandit!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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