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Pipe tap & die box #3: Feeling Groovy

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-02-2020 02:20 PM 368 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Dovetails 101 Part 3 of Pipe tap & die box series Part 4: Out of the clamps »

Ok, the last time the Stanley 45 was used…it was set up with a 1/2” wide #18 cutter…..so, in order to get back to making a 1/4” x 3/16” (deep) groove to house the panels….
Need to change out the cutter for the #12 cutter. Need to reset the depth stop to 3/16” deep. Need to move the sliding stock in as far as it will go, so the “skates” will fit into a 1/4” wide groove. And, finally move the fence in to about a 1/4” from the edge of the cutter.

All set…need to jig things up a bit, but…need to be able to turn each side 180 degrees, and plough two grooves…one for the bottom panel, and one for the lid’s raised panel….and hope they all line up..

Because, once this is all glued up with the two panels fitted into place….I intend to saw off the lid from the box…

Wait, Raised Panel?

Redo the jig parts…and draw a “stop line”

About 1” in from the edge ( for guide only, I usually wind up running right through that line..)gather 2 handplanes..

A Stanley N0. 4, Type 10, and a Stanley No. 60-1/2 Block plane.. The No. 4 goes across the end grain at a diagonal, Working back from the edge towards the line. I do both end grain ends first….all blow out/tear out at the edge will be cut away in a little bit…I keep at it until a nice bevel forms, and it fits into the grooves…

The block plane is to “finesse” the fit as needed. Once both ends are done and they fit all the way into the groove..time to re-jig, and do the long grain edges..

Until a decent fit happens….unlike the ends, a small gap is allowed in the groove, to allow the panel to move a bit…expansion wise….goal here is to get a nice, sharp corner…

Got all the edges bevel…dry fit?

This was actually the second fitting…the first one showed I was a tad too long. Mitrebox to trim an 1/8” off the length, then planes to re-do the bevel. I also added a “back bevel” to the underside….not much, less than an 1/8”, might call it a Micro Bevel?

Worked on lowering the larger taps. since I already had the 1” Forstner bit in the drill press, to install the die into it’s new home….I mooshed the spinning bit around a bit, until the taps would set a bit lower..

Then I could set where to cut the lid off at…about 3/4” down from the top edge of the box. Decided to just go ahead and glue the box up….8 clamps should do the trick..

When these come off, later today, I have a bit of scrap to chop up…

As there are 8 holes that will need a square Poplar plug glued in, trimmed flush….have to watch the grain directions, so the plugs will blend in…

Maybe after Lunch, I can head to the shop?

Stay tuned

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