Pipe tap & die box #4: Out of the clamps

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-03-2020 02:00 PM 532 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fixing square holes with round pegs, splitting off a lid….among other tasks…
Army of clamps removed…well..maybe just a Squad….Box was looking a bit rough around the edges…like it had just been woke up….
We have a few tools to use, along with a sander, or two…Stanley No. 4, Type 10, and a Stanley No. 60-1/2 block plane. Dovetails needed smoothed down flush with the sides, and the sides needed smoothed and flat, so..

Have no idea what is under the tape on that handle…was there when I bought the plane, and left well enough alone, seems solid enough. I push the plane along at that angle to the grain…more of a slicing action. The block plane worked on the corners and the edges along the sides…kind of a round-over.

I did try the square plugs (2 in fact)but did not like the way they were looking….3/8” Forstner bit, and a 3/8” tapered plug cutter. glue the plugs in, trim flush… they look like I had “pinned” the corners….

Came time to slice off the lid…..decided on the bandsaw….narrower kerf than my handsaws…so…had to raise the guides all the way up, to get clearance for the box. Checked how the blade would line up with the cut line….it didn’t….table was adjusted until things lined up. Line was marked using a combo square set at 3/4”. rest the square on the edge of the top of the lid…mark all the way around. Slowly feed the box into the cut….up to the operator to actually saw a straight line…..had a lot of fine sawdust inside of the box….

Then decide which was the “Front” of the box…clamp the assembled box into the bench vise, and install hinges on the “back” of the box…

I chucked a headless nail into a drill, as a pilot hole drill bit….those are some TINY screws….like the fancy screwdriver? Hinges done, flip the box around, and clamp up, again….search through the parts drawer for a latch, AND the right sized screws….and add a latch..

Scratch Awl help to start the holes….has a fine, sharp point, and fits the screw holes on the latch…

Next…add a layer of glue to the tap holder…and press it into place..

Have plenty of room, IF any more dies should show up…..then, wanted a foam pad in the lid, sharp knife to cut out a “pad”, and glue it to the lid’s underside..

Finish sanding and a little more hand plane work…..ready for some stain….

So, got out the can of Gunstock stain…and a NEW brush….stained the bottom first..

Then the ends, then the back..

but, I then stained the inside..

Then the front ( with the lid closed..)

And it’s “pinned” corners…then the top..

The “white marks” will be where a card holder for the label will go…then load the box up, again..

After I had wiped everything down with a rag…..then let things dry overnight….

I guess this counts as a PIP?

Thanks for looking in…

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

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#1 posted 10-03-2020 05:04 PM

I noticed the clasp on the front of the box. Is it from an on-line supplier?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 10-03-2020 06:26 PM

Very nice work and restoration.

I noticed the clasp on the front of the box. Is it from an on-line supplier?

- EarlS

Earl, I too am a pessimist which means I am always either right or pleasantly surprised.

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#3 posted 10-03-2020 06:56 PM

I noticed the clasp on the front of the box. Is it from an on-line supplier?

- EarlS

Latch is from Hobby Lobby, a line they call “Woodpile Fun”....can be ordered on line, if you can find a store near you.
Same with the hinges and any handles….hope you have a #1 phillips bit..or smaller…them.s some TINY screws…
First coat of Clear Gloss is drying now…will see later, IF it will need a second coat…

Box is only 3” tall by 6” x 9”.....not much room…

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

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#4 posted 10-04-2020 12:50 AM

Cool build.
Thanks for sharing the process pics. I like the chamfers on the lid.
Great box and build. Nice blog series with great step by step description.

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