Just a simple little box... #4: Getting close to a finish line, now

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-23-2016 02:56 AM 983 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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But, had quite a bit of work to do first..

Lid came out of the clamps..voids on the ends filled. Gaps filled and sanded. Had one filler piece pop out, back into the clamps it went. Got set up for the bottom rebate, used a Wards 78 to mill it. Had to milled a few grooves to add the cutter storage dividers.

Needed two narrow dados. Thought I’d try the 45 to cut them….

Couldn’t get the skates close enough. Could only get one of the spurs to move. Square and marking knife to score four lines, got out the old school tools..

Backsaw, and a narrow chisel. Saw down a bit, and then pop the waste out with the chisel..

Repeat with the other side. Had to backcut some of the finger joints, to get a tighter fit. Finally got the four sides into the clamps….

LOTS of clamps. Had some errands to run, let this mess sit for a while….

Ok, after Supper, I snuck back down to the shop. Got the clamps off…

Cleaned the glue runs off. Time to fit a bottom panel. Had to shorten the panel, and recut a rebate. Finally a bit of glue and some brads..

And sanded things up a bit. Had to cut some extra panels….the ones I thought I’d use for the cutter storage area…too small. Ok, I did have some 3mm thick plywood, just meant I needed four pieces instead of two

Test fit of a cutter, show things were a might deep….added a strip as a floor in each cavity. Then came the fun part…..fitting the lid to the box…..LOTS of shoulder plane and Wards 78 work….finally got the lid to at least sit like the original does. Got the hinges out, and some brass screws..

Even took the time to “clock” the slots of the screws. I also needed a divider glued to the floor of the box..

Not sure why Stanley had this in there, and once again, I needed to double things up. Then needed to install a latch on the front..

I used the screws that came with the latch. Time to load this thing up, to see how it all fits..

All but one cutter in the slots. Trying to find out just how Stanley loaded the rest of the parts..

Finally got them all in there…time to see how this box matches up to the old one…
(Drum Roll…)

Getting there….

The new box is just Poplar…not sure what finish it will get. Stanley PAINTED this one….meh. Might look around for labels, the originals are a bit worn out.

Stay tuned, we are almost done….

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

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#1 posted 04-23-2016 03:35 AM

Looking good….

I bet you could do a Google search for reproduction labels.
even print them out yourself….

-- 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 04-23-2016 03:38 AM

Looking good man!

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 04-23-2016 12:51 PM

Well done, Bandit. I seem to recall someone posting on LJs about printing up reproduction labels. Labels would really make your box look sharp.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 05-01-2016 12:06 AM

Labels are on this box..

Not the best labels around, but

This IS a reproduction.

Ok, will be starting a new blog, as I have two other fancy planes that need a home….a No.78, and a No.39 see there….thanks for reading along.

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

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