July, Frame & Panel Box Project #8: Lid attached, started on a finish (no stain, this time..)

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-18-2021 02:38 PM 411 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok..Box first…front and back bottom rails sit lower then the ends do…one is really low down…got out 2 routers..

The Craftsman has a round-over bit…the DeWalt #610 has a edge trimmer…because the bit has a 1/2” shank.

Between the two…

Was able to match the ends to the front and back bottom rails…next, needed to round that lid a bit..

Along the ends… and..

Along the front and back of the lid’s top edges..and any spots I might have missed…
Next…the one operation I do not like…mortising hinges…..something always goes wrong…no matter how well I doa layout…

Or, how well I chop…

Either the lid, or the box…

Something always wants to fight… a hinge that will jump off the mortise, and go hide out on the floor…knowing full well I do NOT have a replacement for it…..swept the floor, looking for the shine of Brass..

having issues with screws..didn’t snap any, this time….stripped more than a few heads out, though…yes, I even waxed the threads first…

Get the hinges attached to the box, first….then find a way to add the lid….got one screw into each hinge, then clamped things up…

Then add a latch…

Smaller screws, better pilot hole drill bit ( nail)...better driver…MORE WAX! an set this on the now cleared off bench…

Dug out a can, and a Church Key…

And a cheap brush…

And give the box a coat (or 3) of Amber Shellac….
As to what will go inside the box?

I have 4 spokeshaves that could use something better than hanging on a nail, somewhere…

Need to build a rack to hold these….that will be in the next episode

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 07-18-2021 03:12 PM

That’s turning into a pretty little box, Bandit!

For screws for hinges, I have a handful of #0, #1, and #2 steel screws that I use to make the pilot holes for the next bigger size of brass screws. Takes more time, but I haven’t snapped off a brass screw or stripped a slot in a couple months.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 07-21-2021 09:47 PM

Excellent result Bandit

Nice to see you letting the machines to do the work for you at last.
Now with a suitable template you can use your trimmer to to hinge morticing too! and a square corner chisel to finish off, or as some hinges have rounded edges now the mortice is dine in one hit.

Are you planning on making some wagon wheels?

-- Regards Rob

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