A box for chisels #5: Flipping a lid

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-14-2020 04:15 AM 321 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: The Plywood Adventure....and a glue up Part 5 of A box for chisels series Part 6: Tuesday's rest day? »

Ok….box came out of the clamps looking a bit rough around the edges, on a Monday ( so did I, for that matter)

Sander and a #4 handplane to smooth things out. Square pegs were cut and glued into the square holes…had to go back and look at a see where the marks were…so I can saw the lid off…found it!

Then looked for that spot on the box, hoping I didn’t plane it off…then got out a few toys..

Marking gauge set to the distance between the top of the soon-to-be lid, and the cut line. The square was also set…so I could darken the saw lines to where I could see them. utility knife will come in handy, later.

Now, there was a debate about which saw to use….tried the 3 bigger saws, at least to start a cut…too floppy, too rough of a cut…the No. 4 backsaw was still in the tool chest….Dovetail saw? meh…decided to re-arrange that Bishop saw a bit…..flip the blade over, going from 9ppi to 15ppi…raise the bar a bit….about middle of the blade.

Marking gauge was run around all the sides…about 5-6 passes per side. Traced the line with a pencil…and start on a corner of the end…

Wanted both corners cut first, then lower the saw down and complete the cut….but, only on the ends of the box…

Since this is held in the vise…I didn’t want to cut all the way through with the saw, causing it to bind. I was waxing the blade as it was. Got the long sides sawn almost all the way through…left a little tab at the bottom of the cut.

Then finish the cut with the utility knife…

Then set it out on the bench…raise the lid..

And dump the pile of sawdust out…Then check the fit…needed a little work with a smooth plane..

Kind of level the edges, and smooth out the saw marks…on both the lid, and the box…and check the fit, again..

And that was it, for a Monday in the shop….didn’t want to press my luck..

Tuesday was to be a rest day…that was a LOT of handsaw work…and plane…shoulders were sore..
So, maybe next episode, some hardware? Maybe some dividers to hold the chisels? Maybe even a PIP?

Stay tuned…

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 10-16-2020 02:26 AM

When sawing open a box, I saw one corner open, then move to the adjacent corner, then stick a few old business cards or a card scraper in there, then flip the box and saw the other side (one corner at a time if the box is longer than my saw). The cards keep things from binding as I get close to opening the box.

I keep thinking one of these times I’m going to put the hinges on before cutting open the front of the box, but I always forget in the “excitement.”

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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