Blanket Chest Project #10: Day #10/11

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-14-2020 12:55 AM 397 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Kind of combining the two sessions…neither were all that long….

Decided to go ahead and glue the chest up….had all the clamps ready..I thought…Started by taking the dry fit apart…except, I left one end in place. Applied to to the other end’s tongue, and clamped that in place with just a c clamp…..then the other end could be removed, glued, and installed….

Then a bead of glue along the remaining two tongues….and then the Brigade of Clamps…as the other long side was “snapped” into place..
was only to be 3 clamps on the ends…a gap force the fourth clamp

Needed the two longer clamps to pull the ends in a bit….c clamps held the feet together….but..needed a caul across, to better hold a clamp..

Alignment issues at the ends…

16 clamps, total….gave this a day to sit…

Today ( Day 11 of the build..) all those clamps came back off….with nary a sound…maybe a “Creak..” here and there…then a 120 grit beltsander was used to flatten the glue joints…then set the chest aside…need to mill some cleats from this 1×4 x 6’ Pine scrap..

has a bit of a curve to it?

Actually, two curves, for the price of one board….marked a rough length….crosscut for 2 long cleats, and two short cleats…..then set up the rip fence..

1-1/2” cut…and try to run the parts through as straight as I could…

2 longs, 2 shorts….then the 3/8” counter bores..

followed by a pilot hole…otherwise, the screws would split the cleats…test fit..

mallet to assist…then add a bead of glue, and five screws…

With an assist from a clamp, I started at the right corner, and worked my way left…until the cleat was nice and straight….and flush with the bottom edge of the rail….repeat for the other long cleat….then I could add the short cleats….again with the help of a clamp to pull them straight…

Set the chest on the floor, for a moment…set the plywood panel on the saw’s top.

..then the chest back onto the plywood….centered at one corner…reach up and into the chest….with a LONG pencil….and trace all around the inside….this is to mark where the plywood is to be cut….

To make a bottom for the chest….it will later get a layer of 1/4’ aromatic Red Cedar…for a 1/2” thick bottom.

had an issue with a kickback right at the end of one cut…will get covered by the cedar…

Waiting on glue to dry, again…before I can glue & screw the plywood into place….next? may start on a lid?

Stay tuned

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

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#1 posted 11-14-2020 01:15 AM

Ruggedly handsome – like how you do a two-ply bottom. When the finish hits this one it’ll be like watching fireworks….

-- Bstrom

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#2 posted 11-14-2020 02:58 AM

Looking good. Nice way of dealing with the banana wood, too.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 11-14-2020 07:00 PM

There is one thing about getting put on Laundry Detail… happens to be right beside the shop….so, while waiting on one load in the dryer, and loading #2 into the washer….removed the c clamps from the cleats, set the chest on the floor….run a bead around on the cleats…..and screw the panel in place….

had a few spots where the panel did not want to sit down at….long board cured that. Reset the clutch on the drill…1st screw wanted to go all the way through…cleat and all! And, since the chest was down where a better picture or 2 could be taken…

Set it back a bit, so the loaded hampers could get by..

Multi-tasking….on the return trips to the Laundry Room/ Woodshop…4 planks came along….they were then rough cut for length…while waiting on “Refresh” on Dryer Load #1…then ripped roughly to width…

had one plank that had a split forming down the center…figure it can serve as the narrow filler strip…so, now I had a stack of cut-offs to stash away…while looking for 2 blanks for the bread board ends..

Will need to clean the bench off, today…BEFORE I can work on gluing up a lid blank…

THAT might take a while….stay tuned..

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

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