Blanket Chest Project #7: Day 7?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-10-2020 03:29 PM 438 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: day #6, we have frame glued up Part 7 of Blanket Chest Project series Part 8: Day 8, 2 steps forward, one step back »

Not a fan of working on Mondays….had a couple road trips to do, anyway…
panel for the lid…had 3 planks left…by the time I get them ready to glue up….I’d be at least 2” too narrow…so, quick trip to pick up one more plank of 3/4” x 6” x 6’ Ash….spent a whopping $3 for it, too….

Second trip of the day….harbor Freight for some sanding belts ( the red ones, do NOT get the blue one) as the ones I have were getting worn out…..and didn’t feel like paying for Lowes gold-plated belts…..

Also, before taking the Boss out to shop….I tried to flatten a panel…

And not really looking forward to hand planing the raised panel part of the process….thinking cap was put on, while doing the various errands…I had tried the other day to do the bevels on the tablesaw…..wasn’t that great….maybe….

IF I had a way to hold the panels upright, and steady…maybe something that could slide on the top of the rip fence, And stay vertical, while holding the panel..?
Found a 1×2 that was the same thickness as the rip fence….then a strip of (too thin) plywood…and a pair of c clamps…

Hmmm, next time a 1×3 will get used, plus a 1/2” thick plywood strip… I can clear the clamps for the rip fence.

This will do, for now, though. was down in the shop, to change out the sanding belts, anyway…might as well set this up…..and see how it works….

Since this tablesaw never had a store bought zero clearance insert ( and to hard to make one work) a 1/4” piece of plywood would get laid on the saw….covering the blade opening….then the rip fence can be clamped down over it…So, I tilt the blade to 15 degrees for the bevel. set the fence 1/2” away from where the blade comes up through the overlay…blade height to allow the top of the blade to stivk out beyond the panel to be beveled..

Clamp a panel into the slider..

Turn the saw on, and just push the slider along, without stopping…..prevents burning…this was the last of the bevel cuts..

Couple of small burn marks, easy to plane out….reset the saw, still using the slider..

blade is back to 90 degrees, and 5/16” above the overlay…we going vertical, again..

All the way around the panel….working on the rebate….once this cut is done…remove all the jigs except the rip fence…lower the blade a tad,,,set the fence to where the waste will get cut out…and nothing else…and run the panels through, laying down flat on the saw…results?

Feet: legs need their profile redone, to match the rest…

Like this one….a new bandsaw blade (new to me, at least it was sharp) made the cuts, without burning the Ash

Gone this far, might as well glue the frame #2 up? First panel slid right in, no issues…then Monday reared it’s ugly head….second panel was NOT narrow enough…stuck out too far…unable to intall the leg,,,,grrr

Since the assembly was sitting on the floor, I used the tablesaw to trim the extra off, jack plane to re-do the bevels a bit ( goodbye, burn mark) and try again….then clamps to hold things together, while the glue cured for a day..

I was also testing how the end frames will fit…

in their grooves….a little loose, allows for fine tuning during assembly. Plan for Tuesday?

I have 2 end frames to do….along with raising two more panels, that hopefully will fit

I hate Mondays

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 11-10-2020 05:29 PM

Still, got ‘er done.

My Monday was breaking my kerfing plane, so my Tuesday is fixing Monday’s breakage.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 11-11-2020 02:59 PM

How will the bottom be attached/supported?

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#3 posted 11-11-2020 04:15 PM

^a 1×2 cleat will go around the inside of the chest’s bottom edge….then the plywood gets glue and screwed in place…then, maybe some thin Aromatic Red Cedar strips will be glued to the plywood…

Will post Day #8 in a little bit…stay tuned…

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

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