Blanket Chest Project #8: Day 8, 2 steps forward, one step back

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-11-2020 05:15 PM 451 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the projected Start time was 1300hrs….was. Trip to the store for grocery items….came back home, and tried to get a jig built…

I had just got that piece of Pine scrap ripped for width, the 1/2” plywood was cut for length (to match the pine piece’s length) and was trying to joint a decent edge …..
A roofing contractor, sent by the Landlord, was here to “measure” my roof, and get an estimate for a new metal roof for the house….waited around on that, and took his estimate into the house….delays, delays….

Back to the jig….wanted a better, sturdier version, that would stay together (less pieces to handle each time I use it)

found some 1” screws, so they won’t poke through the other side..
So I can just sit this n the rip fence, use 2 c clamps to hold a panel..

In order to hold the panel vertical securely, while I make a cut…thought waxing things for a better “slide action” would do….usual luck…Nope…had to add a couple paper shims…between a panel and the slider jig…

Just 2 strips of sandpaper, right..jig ready to go..finally.

Ok, Next, remove all the clamps being used…set frame #2 over in front of Frame #1…and out of my way..

hey, they even match each other…always a good sign…panels #5 and #6 came out of their clamp ( a mallet strike to dislodge the cauls) square the end grain ends with the tablesaw… the slightly smaller panel on the other panel, mark around to mark where to trim the extras off. Then needed to flatten both of them…Just like before..

Jack plane to remove most of the high spots…and then finish up with the 120 grit beltsander..

two panels, done on both faces….then set up the saw to cut the 15 degree bevels….

gave the jig a push…..hmmm, needed those shims….rip fence also was toe-ing in towards the blade at the far end…shims in place, hammer adjust the far end of the fence…..bring the completed, beveled panel to the bench..

And remove the black burn marks with a #3c smoother…” What burn mark?” That’s the idea…

reset the saw to do the vertical cuts for the rebates…

These went a lot smoother…reset the saw again…and run the panels through on the flat…

All four edges of both panels ( where’s my plaid shirt…) then back to the bench..

used both the #78 and the wood bodied #181 rebate planes, to clean the rebates to final size,,,plane to remove a few bumps on the bevel side…until things fit just right..

then a couple dry fits were done..

then just glue the 2 frames together…

cauls to keep the one leg from tilting up from the clamps,,,,centered the panel..

Then sweep up the mess..

Turn off the work lights, and the shop fan….

And hang my apron up…it was then 6pm ( 1800 hrs) on a long afternoon…..

Stay tuned for Day #9….

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

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#1 posted 11-11-2020 05:20 PM

Looking good Bandit!

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 11-11-2020 06:35 PM

Looking good! And it sounds like a typical day for 2020. No matter what we expect, we get something a little more exciting it seems.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 11-12-2020 12:32 AM

That’s nice work, Bandit.

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