Keepsake Box with rounded sides #4: Feeling Groovy...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-26-2022 03:29 AM 585 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a lot of tasks to do, today…and, after just over 2 hours, I had about half of them done…

Task #1: cut grooves into all four edges of both panels…

Easier said than done, but, there they are….

Set up the Stanley 45 with a No.11 (3/16”) cutter….can’t use the sliding skate…just the main skate and the fence. Trying to center the groove in the 5/8” thick panel for the lid..was able to run a groove along both long grain edges, but was having trouble with the end grain cuts…we have ways

Meet the Groove Adjuster. Got the end grain grooves done…set aside the lid’s panel..needed to work on the box’s bottom panel…since it is 1/2” thick, and not 5/8”....some adjusting was needed…45 will have to sit this one out..

Took about 3 settings to get a centered groove….finally.

Task #2 Groove the top and bottom edges of all four sides…45 was still on the bench,,did a small jig to hold things still..

Depth of this groove is 3/16”..same as that rebate on the ends…test fits…

Fits into the groove, but, bottoms out too soon…work on that later,,,need more grooves,,,

Like into the long sides…again the lid panel would fit the groove, but would bottom out too soon…hmmm..

Ah, that’s why..back over the “Adjuster” remove the excess Oak…then try a dry fit of everything so far..

And, the panel fits…great, now knock this apart, and reset for the bottom panel..

Things were a bit thinner…groove closer to the bottom edge…test fits as I went….got time for the dry fit assembly……panel was about 1/8” too long….”Adjust to fix that….trial and error does work…but..

Still a tad too long? all 4 sides fit together….can always go back and trim a bit off the ends, maybe

About 2 hours so far…was getting sore…mainly behind the right knee….back was just starting to hurt, too..figured I would just sweep up all the Krunchies..

And call it a day. Maybe tomorrow, I can chop 2 stopped dados for a divider, plane the radius on each side of the side at a time….clamp the box up, and saw and pare the proud dovetails down flush with the curve sides

Then I’ll be ready to watch Episode #3 and see what is next…..I’m still on Episode #2 at the moment..

Stay tuned…

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

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Dave Polaschek

10281 posts in 2040 days

#1 posted 01-26-2022 12:25 PM

Interesting joint for the floating panels, but it looks like you’ve got it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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1098 posts in 2815 days

#2 posted 01-26-2022 03:10 PM

I’ll keep following!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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