Just a simple little box... #3: Grooves, a top, and more grooves

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-22-2016 12:03 AM 855 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, was able to sneak downstairs to the shop for a few minutes this morning….figured out how to make a skinny board get wide enough to make the top of this box. Lengthwise, was twice as long as I needed, no biggie. Mark a line at the mid point, square it (almost) across, and cut the line. Then, I need to know how wide the panel needed to be…..a few marks later, a rip cut, and I had two pieces ready to glue up. Spread a bit of glue, rub the joint back and forth a couple times ( while I dug up all four bench dogs) clamped the panel flat to the bench, and used the end vise and the dogs to keep things clamped up. The boss had errands to run…time for the glue to cure.

Came back home, it took awhile to get back in the shop…..finally was able to sneak away and work on the top to be.

Old #900 plane to joint the edges. Was trying to get all corners square, and the edges straight. Finally could lay that aside. Decided to mill a rebate for the panel to sit in. Reset the 45. Got one side piece, added a few drywall screws to keep things from sliding down the bench, or worse. Ran the plane a bit, checking for fit with the panel..

the bad part was, I had to turn the fence over, to get that last bit of depth. The cam came in handy, but the fence adjust bolt wanted to rub on the panel. Got all four rebates done, reset things a bit. Needed a groove around the out side of the box, to form a lip to seal the box…..Cut down about half way through, and put the sides back together as I got things done..

Even had the panel for the lid sitting there…next came the tricky part, I needed a groove around the box on the inside, just above the outside one. Had to go over each side piece, marking both the box and the lid sections.
Reset the plane, again..

Fought the fence again, got to the point where it was just a sliver holding the two pieces together. Trusty old pocket knife to finish the cut. Then another plane worked on a fine tune of the joint..

It was easier to put the part in a vise and use the shoulder plane. I kept checking the fit..

Getting there. Got all four sides done, then a final fitting of the top and and the top panel. Then a glue up..

let this set overnight. later, I’ll go back, fill all the voids, and sand things smooth. Still have to do the bottom panel. Might be some other items to do inside the box, we’ll see. Stay tuned

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

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 02:21 AM

Simple? Me thinks not. Following along and learning some tricks. Thanks for sharing, Bandit.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 03:37 AM

If there ain’t no bottom, yet….
Are you sure that you are working on the top???

-- 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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#3 posted 04-22-2016 03:53 AM

Weelll, I didn’t want it to go around topless…..this is a Family site, after all…..

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

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