Fancy Corners, for a box #4: try herding cats?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-19-2021 08:27 PM 853 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Spline maker Part 4 of Fancy Corners, for a box series Part 5: Bad lid, good lid »

Might be easier to do than glue up this box….have to join together 4 sides ( that refuse to stay standing up) with 4 splines ( half fit perfectly, 1 too loose, and 1 too tight) and a plywood bottom panel….

Then a bottle of glue..and 9 clamps….vs….2 hands. Cussing was enough to make R. Lee Ermy blush…a hammer came into use…hit one spline a tad bit too hard…piece broke off…..grrrrr…dig it out of the sawdust, clean it off, and then glue it into place,,with a few extra smacks of the mallet….trying to keep the splines sitting where they need to be..(whack-a-mole, anybody?) until….Faith and Begorah!

#9 clamps was a just in case one…just to keep the middle of the long sides from trying to bow out…

Note: Before all of this madness toke place….there were rebates to mill. Took the time to lay them out…2 set ups of the blade and fence….waste fell out to the left side..only one decided to fly straight back ( Missed me!)...wanted a rebate for the lid to sit down this…

As for that split off piece of…spline..

Hard to even see where it broke at….Let this mess sit a day…enjoyed me ice cold Guinness Stout Draught in a proper glass..after a “proper”pour, of course.
Meanwhile, back at the saw…..cross cut a blank for the lid for length…width was fine…then tilt the blade to somewhere around….25-30 degrees….then ran all four edges through….leaving just enough to fit down in that rebate…..

About ready to do a lot of clean up…..couple spots of dried glue chiseled off….splines were trimmed as needed, even added a bevel, at the top and bottom.

Millers Falls No. 9 to plane the burn marks off the lids bevels. needed a way to sand the splines a little better..

Found the right insert, wrapped some 220 grit around it…medium speed…nice and smooth…and dusty..

Trying to decide which will be the “Front” of this little box….and figure out a hinge and latch arrangement.

May finish up the sanding…might even use the Stanley No. 80 as some spots are a bit rough…

Then see about a stain? Maybe a small tray for inside?

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 10-19-2021 08:54 PM

It’s looking good, Bandit!

Not sure, but I suspect when I steal this idea, I’ll do two opposite corners at once, then do the other two corners as a second glue-up a day later. I find it easier to maintain right angles on complicated corners one at a time. But then, I’m also thinking the corners will be a contrasting material to the sides, and may extend below the bottom of the box to make feet. More than one way to skin a cat!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 10-20-2021 12:46 AM

I might have to try this now. Fancy corner box build challenge.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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