tote for tools #4: A bottom and a handle?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-10-2015 02:48 AM 1190 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Last two sets of dovetails... Part 4 of tote for tools series Part 5: Clamps and glue, and cussing »

Well, first thing this morning, after the morning pill intake, was to set up a sharpening station that my back could handle. On the kitchen stove, we have a wooden tray. It is to cover the elements when the stove is not in use. Thanks to the height of the tray on the stove, I could set up the oil stones and sandpapers. Couple chisels needed a refresher on the grinder, but most just need some work on the stones and a final polish at 2K grit. Wound up doing 9 chisels, but not the gouge..

After this, and a long break to rest the back, I wandered down to the Dungeon Shop. I was looking to see IF any more chisels needed sharpened,....really, I was. But, that pile of pile boards beckoned, needed a bottom fitted to them, as it where. Figured a little bit couldn’t hurt the back any…

The White Oak plank I have as the tote’s bottom panel. I clamped it up in the leg vise, and added a c clamp to keep things from sliding around. Found the angle of the side’s splay, marked that on the end. Grabbed the lightest of the jointer planes I have, a Stanley No. 5-1/2. And started to plane away the waste. I had marked the “low” side with a marking gauge, to help tell me when I was done with the bevel…..Took awhile, but finally hit the line.

Used the asembled (dry fit) case to determine the width of the bottom…..hmmm, almost a full inch to plane off? NOT!. We have ways…

Now, this bandsaw has trouble cutting a straight line with the table not tilted, it was almost as bad with it tilted over. I kept away from the line as best as i could. Then clamped the plank back in the leg vise. More plane work, to get rid of all the high points. A test fit showed I needed a wee bit of bevel on the ends, so a Stanley #4 did that work. About like raising a panel, actually.

This is the view from underneath. I also laid out the dados for the handle. Dados? Bit of a design change. I figured it would make the handle easier to replace, IF it ever broke. Laid out the lines, stand the case up on it’s nose. A try with a saw to start the dado…..not the greatest. Mallet and chisel, and about 10 minutes later…

Rotate the case onto the other end, same tools, same result..

tried the blank for the handle a few times, as I didn’t want to go too deep into this. Got close, but something wasn’t quite right. I had cut the handle blank on the bandsaw, and there cuts weren’t quite straight. Soo

Look into the background, see the mitresaw? I used it to straighten the cuts on the ends. Didn’t take all that much off, but there was a”hump” in the middle of the cut. Line now straight, handle still the right length?

Looks decent enough. Peeks out a bit at the top? I still have to mill along the top edges of the handle, the pee-a-boo will then disappear. tried out the wedges with the clamps,

Looks like I’ll need a few more wedges…back had just started to stiffen up, soo, I trudged slowly back up the stairs..maybe later this week, I can manage a wee bit more time. Stay tuned, there MIGHT be a glue-up coming up..

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

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#1 posted 11-10-2015 02:55 AM

Yeah buddy

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 11-10-2015 03:49 AM

Compound dovetails! Man, I need to figure those out.
How exactly are you putting the bottom board in there?

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 04:14 AM

Bottom board is just beveled to fit the splay of the sides, friction fit. Might pin it in place later.

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

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#4 posted 11-10-2015 11:22 AM

Coming along great Bandit !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 11-10-2015 08:45 PM

Looks great so far and I love your dovetails on the angled sides and ends. Not a dado, technically a mortise. My opinion, not necessarily fact. I had a laugh at your comment about the pills. I take so many in the morning that I’m almost to full to eat breakfast after having mine.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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