Boxes from Red Cedar #11: Slips and a floor

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-04-2021 03:18 AM 267 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: working towards a glue up Part 11 of Boxes from Red Cedar series Part 12: Dividers, and some work on the lids »

Doesn’t sound like woodworking, does it? Well..”slips” are those thin wood strips, to use instead of ploughing a groove. The wood in this project is barely 1/4” thick….so, that strip of Ash was made into 4 strips of 3/8” by 1/4”

last episode, I used the Stanley No. 2246 Mitre box, to cut the 45 degree ends…

next strip/slip ready…then an end slip…each are getting glued and clamped in place…

Looking for a tight fit in the corners…

Then finally the last one..

No, that is not a gap…that is where the saw did a “hop”, out, and back into the kerf. Plywood panel for the “floor” was next….

Framer’s square does come in handy, sometimes…..tablesaw still has the mitersaw clamped to it..guess I could use the bandsaw…

First test fit showed the panel was a tad too wide in the beam….a few swipes with a plane, to skinny it down a bit…then try again…3rd try?

I think I can live with that….laid down a bead of glue all the way around, on the slips….once the clamps had come back off….panel didn’t seem to want to lay down flat….we have ways…

Couple blocks of scrap Ash and a few clamps to push the panel down flat. A block , a scrap and a clamp or two, to glue the broken tip back in place….Let this sit a day or two…

Lids: They will fit inside the ends, yet match the angle of the Gable ends….which means I need to bevel the edges of the lid panels…

One lid has it’s bevels done. Got this just a hair wide…ripped both lid panels for rough width…can always take a hair off for a better fit. And that was about it….next up? Gussets to reinforce the gable ends at the ridge, and then see about a divider set….then back to the lids….They are a bit on the rough side, right now…

We have ways…

Stay tuned….

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

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#1 posted 01-04-2021 03:25 AM

“Can always take a hair off for a better fit.” Story of my life lately. I’ve been cutting everything long and then nibbling down. The results are good, but I sometimes wish I could just get there in one.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 01-04-2021 03:29 AM

The way my luck runs… is better to be a tad too much and trim down…..seemed to have misplaced my MK-II Board Stretcher….

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

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