Pine tool box, Stanley Style #3: In and out of the clamps

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-20-2016 04:23 AM 1369 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Busy day….busy,busy,...busy…
had a bunch of clamps lined up, Elmer’s was awaiting to go. had a small “acid” brush to spread the stuff around, and a BIG hammer to assist. One would think that the glue would let the parts slide together better…..nope. After banging things into place, and making even a Squid blush….Finally got it glued up.

I did check for square….just wasn’t any room to add THAT diagonal clamp…

Now, about that center divider? Turned out it was…less than a 1/4” to long, it was trimmed down to length just before the glue up mayhem started. Figured I could finish trimming the overhang once the glue was dry..

Long Break…Boss wanted to go to the store, and lunch. guess who had to do the driving around town..

Ok, back home. I think the glue has set long enough (Burp….double 1/4 pounder) sooo
took the forest of clamps off, slowly. Trying to listen for anything going CRACK… far, so good..

Clamped the box to the bench, planed and sanded each corner and any place else that needed it. Some came out pretty good..

But one didn’t. Had a couple splinters that came out..

Oh well. Once the sanding and plane work was done (for now) I could at least cut the base to length

Vintage saw, too. Nice part about this set up, the waste will just drop straight down and land against the jaw of the vise. Ok, tiime for that corded thing called a router..ran it around the edges, to make a fancy edge..

Had a small Ogee bit in there….Test fit, to see how it looked.

Hmmm, more cussing. About a 1/4” out of square? Compost does happen…
Ok, marked out for pilot holes all the way around. Drilled them with the drill press…...needed them counter sunk for the screws. Got out this contraption..

Stanley #1220 and a countersink bit, that didn’t want to stay in the chuck…Somehowgot them all done..

Next, that box got clamped upside down in the bench’s end vise. Base was placed on it, and a couple screws drove in along one side, once things looked centered on that side. Grabbed a clamp..

The idea here? The non flex end was hooked onto the base, the screw end would push the end, pushing things into square. Once there, the rest of the screws were drove in. Usual “luck” one screw took off towards the inside, and poked through…will need to fix that…
Got out the handle, so I could carry this thing around better. needed two more pilot holes, and used this strange object..

called a Push Drill. drilled the holes, added the screws, and set this thing aside, finally. Started to layout for the lids..ok, will need to do bread board ends. Lids also get two beveled edges? and each gets two hinges? This just might take awhile…stay tuned. Thought I even saw R. Lee Ermy …blush.

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

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 12:57 PM

You might try marine epoxy to get things to slide together more easily, it is not cheap but it does give a good bit of slip and grip.

Dovetails coming out decent, good thing it is a fairly soft wood like pine which will compress.

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#2 posted 01-20-2016 03:37 PM

Lids get rabbeted on three sides as well, based on originals. Good dust seal, and makes for a nice fit and finish of lids to side walls. This is looking really good, bandit.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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