Cherry finger jointed box #3: Stanley got his groove back

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-22-2016 02:46 AM 753 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: A little bit more done... Part 3 of Cherry finger jointed box series Part 4: Bottom panel and other things »

Well, I had the plane set up, might as well see what it can do

You have keep an eye peeled, and watch the fence. Otherwise, the plane will wander off to the side. Candle wax helps the plane to slide along better. I got to the point that only the thumb was near the knob, three fingers were shoving against the fence. LIGHT cuts help, too, at least in this stuff

Finally got all four sides done, and the grooves even matched!

And, by cutting through only half the width of the “finger” there is just a small hole to fill, later..

So, next it would seem I can add a bottom to this box…...guess I’d better make one up, first

Crosscut a couple pine boards to about the right length, slapped them together in the vise, and jointed an edge to make a glue joint. Got out the glue bottle, and a couple clamps..

That should do, for now. Tomorrow, IF I get down to the shop, I’ll unclamp it, size it to fit the box’s grooves, and plane it to the thickness needed. Might do the lid’s panel, as well. Hmmm, need to make a lid..

Crosscut some leftovers to about the length needed, more or less. They were ugly, wavy, and very rough. Needed to clean them up. skinny them down, and get them ready to make a lid with. I jointed one edge, as I needed to get these to one size.

Once the edge was straight and almost square, I could set my combo square to 1-1/2” and mark a line..

Fired up the bandsaw, and left the line.

I also marked the edge for a thickness of 1/2” or so, and stood each part up on the jointed edge to remove the worst of the waviness. Soo, how to get these flatter, and smooth?

For most of it, I could use the cambered jack plane @ 90 degrees to the grain. I set the part so just over 1/2” is below the jaws. Jaws are wood, no big deal if I hit them. Had a couple spots that needed a wee bit more effort…

This little fellow is about the size of a #3 handplane, the iron is sharpened @ a 3” radius. Hungry little beasty! I followed both scrub planes with a non-cambered jack plane

Then followed up with a Stanley #4 smooth plane. Set the parts out, as I was just about done for the day..

Was getting crampy and shakey….soaked clear through. Made a mess on the floor, as well

Soooo, I think that will be it for today. Might try to get down there tomorrow. Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 08-22-2016 04:31 PM

I like this. A little box building. Just the inspiration I need.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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