A box project, for December #2: Finger joints, and a glue up...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-02-2020 12:41 AM 447 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Day 1, resaw the scrap pile.. Part 2 of A box project, for December series Part 3: 2 more corners, a bottom, and a glue-up »

of a blank for a lid..of sorts. Sorted through the narrow stuff….

trying to find enough that matched…got out the second batch..

Might be a few….they needed a bit of work,,,,but, to do that, I needed the tablesaw cleared off, and a few clamps handy….

Let these sit a bit.

Ok, rip fence set up…about 1-3/4” width….run all the narrow slats through….reset to 1-1/2” width, and run the bad edges through…..resort….then the junior jack plane to refine the edges a bit,,,and spread some glue..

And set this aside, for a day..or two…..supposed to bit a panel for a lid….I hope….

Ok, back to those 4 panels fresh from the clamps. 2 longest need to match….11” seemed to be about right….width, settled on 5” it matched the narrowest spot on the four panels….Shorter 2 needed to be a bit shorter, though.

Ripped them to width….Jack plane to refine the edges. Settled on 5-1/2” for the length of the two “Ends”

60 grit beltsander, and the jack plane…

To flatten the 4 panels….wound up at 3/8” thickness..

Look any better? lay out some toys,

Then use that blue handled chisel to set the spacings ( 6mm..)

I laid out the ends on the 2 long “sides”...”X” marks the waste..marking gauge to set how much to cut down to.
Lower the pair in the vise…to avoid the part vibrating..

And saw the lines…doesn’t matter here IF i leave the lines, or split the lines…

As these will get used to mark out the matching fingers…then a bit of chopping…

here, I am just one side at a time…chop down 1/2 way on the show side ( outside of the box)..

Flip over and complete the chops. Use the completed end to lay out the matching fingers…cut on the waste side of the lines ( or at least try to..)chop out the waste, and do a dry fit..

Out of practise…..then repeat for the other long side…

About this time…I swept up a bit, and closed up shop…had enough fun for one afternoon..the entire afternoon, at that.. Will try again tomorrow….corners #3 and #4 need done….a groove for the box’s bottom panel….and maybe a glue up? We’ll see how things go…no rush..

Stay tuned..

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#1 posted 12-02-2020 12:55 AM

You go to it Bandit! My woodworking skills are mostly limited to the power equipment category, so it really enjoyable to see a real old school wood smith do his thing. I might get her done quicker with my planer, jointer, and my box joint jig on my table saw, but that requires minimal hand tool skills. I got three planes, and besides restoring them so they look good…that’s about all the action they get. I envy and admire both your diligence and skillset. I’ll be watching you! ; )

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