Boxes from Red Cedar #10: working towards a glue up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-02-2021 07:32 PM 385 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Dovetails, just..dovetails Part 10 of Boxes from Red Cedar series Part 11: Slips and a floor »

Note to self: NEVER get in a hurry to get a task done, tends to go badly…..

Ok, Corners # 3 and #4….figured I could get those done…

These dovetails were not too hateful….however…

Had to figure a way to cut out the notch…..I even used that backer board….other end of which is clamped into the bench vise….saw wanted to wander a bit…and then the skinniest chisel I had, to pop the waste out….also popped both sides of the notch off….another glue up to do…

Had to wait while the repair cured..( and promptly snapped it again..grrr) and test fit the top bar….Ok, remove the bar, army of clamps and spacer bars…with a bit of glue..

Cauls to spread the load at the corners….however, the clamps were also trying to bow the sides in..we have ways..

1×2s, cut to the exact width of the box at the corners…slip fit in place…no more bow…

Decided instead of ploughing the groove, I’d glue in some “slips” and glue the bottom to them…slips?

I took a piece of 3/8” thick ash scrap…set up the zero clearance overlay, and set the rip fence for a 1/4” wide cut..

And, since I like me fingers just as they are…a thin push stick to shove the board through the cut..

All this is, is an old saw handle, with a 1/4” plywood “blade” with a notch….This time around, I just used the “toe” of the blade. Slips get a 45 degree miter cut. to fit into the corners….got out the cordless mitersaw..

Set it to 45 Degrees…and cut one slip for length…

This being after the latest glue up was done….figured this was quite enough fun for one day…always tomorrow

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 01-02-2021 10:28 PM

I was wondering about the beam across the top. Figured you’d use a coping saw on the waste instead of a chisel maybe… cedar tends to have a mind of its own.

Still, nice recovery!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 01-03-2021 11:42 PM

Looking good, interesting to see your ways in the shop.
Love that you share the mistakes and how to fix, this is a much needed skill, when woodworking.
Big smile, thanks.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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