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Back to building boxes #1: Start up, back story

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-22-2021 11:33 PM 450 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While rehabbing a bunch of planes ( Thanks, Gene!) was trying to figure out WHERE to store two planes…

Both were made by Sargent..a No.79. Sold at Sears as Craftsman. One IS complete, the other is missing a few parts.

Thought about a low case, not much taller than these 2 planes, when laying flat….to that end, stopped by Lowes, and picked up 3 Craft Boards…1/2” x 5-1/2” x 36”....$16.25 total.

Didn’t know Lowes imported Pine boards…

Chose clear Pine…as Oak does NOT play nice with steel/cast iron toys. And, I didn’t like the selection that was leftover in Poplar..not a big deal.
So, Laundry detail came and went, yes, knee is well enough I am back on THAT list…..three boards, AND a full hamper went to the shop. Figured I could just stay down there, and wait on the washer to get done, and transfer the clothes to the dryer…....wound up getting about 2 hours of shoptime, that way…

This thing was cleared off, plan was this was for assembly work…that WAS the plan…crosscuts were to be done at the mitersaw..

A “Cordless” Stanley No. 358 Mitre box, that is….laid out a few cuts to do..

Get a long side, a shorter end, and a blank for the lid’s panel….and cut two of the boards down..

The best part of that mitre box? This is the cut right off the saw…

According to my square, a perfect 90 degrees. The two for the lid panel?

I think I can glue this up into a decent looking flat panel. Then started looking around for a pine plywood panel to make the bottom of the box with…found a “sheet” of 1/4” stuff…

Hmmm, may need the tablesaw, after all..

Got that trimmed to about the right size…

But…something looked a bit…”off”...got one of the planes to take a look..

Hmmmm, a bit TOO TALL….Nor was there enough room in there, to lay BOTH planes flat…without them rattling against each other…...Design change coming up…..marked a line about 1” above the edge of the plane…reset the rip fence….run the 4 side blanks through,, twice…missed perfect centered by 3/16”...anyway..

There are NOW enough parts to make TWO boxes…rounded up the usual suspects to do a bit of corner joinery..

In the meantime….took one of the ends over to that lid blank…and centered it on the 2. and ripped the “excess” off….needed to joint the sawn edges a bit…

With a freshly rehabbed plane, at that…..then some glue, three sets of cauls and a few clamps..

Will trim this to final size later, once I find out WHAT that will.

About this time..washer was done….had to stop and transfer over to the dryer.

Next episode? Corner joints….intend to get ONE of the two boxes done, work out any problems so #2 can go a little better…

Nothing real fancy, just a box to house a plane..

Stay tuned…

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