Tool Chest #2, more work getting done...slowly

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-05-2014 07:14 PM 1697 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Getting maybe an hour or two a day on this chest. Baby steps? Got a second front/back panel out of the clamps. and standing on it’s own two little feet.

and set the first one nearby

Yep, gonna be a wee bit bigger than the first chest. Then some work got started on the ends

I got the parts for the frame milled up/down. Needed to run a corded router to make the 3/8×3/8” grooves. Was getting close to done when the cutter snapped off. Hmm, only have one more of them bits. Noticed it was also burning the oak. Got to looking at the speed setting. It was down at “3”. Set it up to the “top end” of 6, and tried again. No burnt oak.

Scrounged around for some pine to make the raised panels with. Again, board was long enough, but not wide enough. Jointed the edges

and glued up three boards into a panel.

One extra board was added this time, as there wasn’t any more 4” wide stuff. Left this thing sit over night.

Today: Got the panel out of the clamps. Needed to trim both ends square. I CAN follow a line with a circular saw, almost. But, I happen to have a “Speed Square” that works better.

Basically, it is a cleat under a plywood triangle. There is a “fence” to ride against. Clamp it so a circular saw will have the right side of it ’s plate/foot running along the fence. Lay out the cut line, layout where the edge of the saw will go, and clamp the fence in place. The cleat will set it at 90 degrees, but I tend to check it with a framing square, anyway

Clamped fore and aft. One pass with old saw, and switch ends. Then a little Jack plane work to level the faces of the panel Cleaned off the old finish, and other nasty stuff. Found the center of the panel, at about 13-1/2” marked the lines again. Moved the panel to the end of the bench, so the saw blade would miss MY bench top. One swipe of the saw along the fence

and I have two equeally sized panels. I can trim them to the size needed. I then tried a tenon, or two

Everything so far has been clamped to a particle board Plane stop jig that sits on the bench’s top, saves my benchtop that way. For the tenons, a block is screwed done as a backstop, and another jig was added to help when I chiseled off the waste. One clamp to hold the “victim” in place. Coping saw goes until the top of it’s blade is even with the surface. A wide chisel pops off the waste, and a #78 to clean it all up. Test fit

Not too bad? I had also gone and trimmed down the rest of the leg parts for this end. One rail had tenons done on both ends….....Uncle Charlie (Horse) came a-calling. Hobbled back upstairs, poured a big glas of milk to help the cramps go away. He had hit the toes and the arches this time. Milk seems to help out. Looks like the shop time is done for a day or two. Getting there, SLOWLY, a few steps at a time. Stay tuned….

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

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 10:49 PM

Impressive progress….
I’m sure you will fill that chest, rather quickly.
Then you will set about building another!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 10:52 PM

Looking good Bandit, just don’t push too hard, you’re almost there !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 11:56 PM

looking great Bandit ,pop a top ,have a cold one , you deserve it,mountain dew that is

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 07:47 AM

You are getting there, Bandit!

-- God bless, Candy

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