Keepsake Box with rounded sides #6: a glue up done, a lid sawn free

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-28-2022 11:30 PM 560 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What is it about glue-ups…that make the stress levels go so high…?

Anyway, first had a dry fit or 2 to do..he also wanted some edges rounded over…mainly the top and bottom panels.

Plane and sand paper for that. Then the “fun” could begin…I don’t have the bar clamps like Paul uses…I have either pipe clamps or F style clamps….He cut his cauls in a curve….mine are thinner….fighting with clamps. Cheapo brush to spread the glue around….and..

Let this sit overnight….

Today, after Brunch…went to the shop and removed that forest of clamps..

Hmmm..will take a plane and a sander to clean this up…

Almost done…had to do all 4 sides…wipe this down..and lay out the cut lines..

Trying to center on that tail….all the way around…a few dots, then a straightedge to connect them all…

All done? Ok, I have an old Disston No. 4 backsaw, 14” long, it’s 9 ppi filed rip…Nice comfy handle….going to get a work out…the saw AND me..

With the box at that angle, saw into each corner first….just enough to guide the rest of the cuts,,do all 4 corners..
Then start with an end, and saw across..

At this point, STOP. Turn the box over and repeat on the other end….then saw a side to connect the cuts on the ends…you might want to keep the box as high in the vise as you can…

Otherwise, you will get pinched…then cut the other side the same way…and this is what you will have..

At this point, you can also open up the ends of the dado that will house the center divider….

Saw cuts will need some plane work…to level out any and all high spots…

Once both the box and lid have been leveled, keep checking for any leftover spots that are too high..

Like that left corner….so that when the lid is closed, you will not see the cut line, and the grain matches up..

1300 hrs..time to stop for today. All tasks from Episode #3 are done. Need to go and watch Episode #4, next.

Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 01-29-2022 09:13 AM

You are on track.
Looks good.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#2 posted 01-29-2022 05:38 PM

I agree. No matter how I try to prepare, glueups are stressful and seem to throw me a curve I didn’t see in a dry run or anticipate.

Looks like you are making good progress with your project.

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