Cherry finger jointed box #6: 2 days of lid work

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-28-2016 08:05 PM 1238 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Managed to sneak down to the shop, the other night. Set up a jig to plough some grooves

Called a K.I.S.S. Jig…..About the only way I could think of to hold these lid frame parts still, long enough to make a groove. Set up the Stanley #45

Wasn’t enough room in there for the sliding section, left it off. A #11 cutter was used. Candle wax to make things slide better. Nice Curlie Qs? Tried a second one..

2 for 2! Ok, these were the “short” pieces. As for the long sides?

Almost too long for the jig. Had to keep an eye on the outside edges, as that is where the fence rides. More or less push against the fence, while shoving the plane along. Got all four nice and groovy. Used a couple to mark out how much to saw of the lid’s panel..

This morning, I snuck back down to the shop. bandsaw to trim the panel down, leaving the lines. Then a junior jack plane to joint the sawn edges..

Panel is about 12” or so long. Plane is about 11”, Millers Falls No.11. ( someday, I might replace that handle)
Time to use a Paul Sellers trick, and make a raised panel. I marked about 1” back from each edge. That will be my stop line. Out on the edge? I’ll let the grooved parts “gauge” it for me. Clamped the panel to the bench

And start on the end grain ends first. Sellers stands his panels up in a vise. Easier for me this way. I go at a diagonal to the grain, going downhill. When all the stopline is gone, I check the end for fit. Dress the bevel with a #60-1/2 block plane until smooth. Rotate and do the other end..

And get to the test fit again. I do the ends first, then the long sides, any tear out will go away when I plane the longer sides. Tear out yes….splits? No.

Yep, a split. turned out later, I had an “easier” fix for that. Could not get the panel to lay still and bevel it . This time, it went ala Paul Sellers. Also, note the corners? that line? It should be a straight line, at a 45 degree out to the corner. All the way out. If not, one bevel or the other needs a little more plane work,

Got the long sides beveled, tried the panel into the frame pieces, hoping for a decent fit..

Not. Note the gaps in the finger joints? Panel is a bit too wide. I had to joint that amount off one of the long sides….hmmm, how about the one with the split? Only bad part was I had to re-plane the bevel…Try again…

Much better. A couple of the “fingers” needed to be trimmed a bit, to set in place better. Test fit one more time…this time it will be on the box, hoping it fits ( my fingers were crossed…)

Hmm, nothing a little trimming can’t correct. I placed the block plane on the lid, for “scale”

The lid is a dry fit, no glue yet. Working on a way to round-over the top edges a bit. May wait to glue the lid up, after the round overs. Might be fun to do. Maybe in a week, I can get a bit of finish on this box? Stay tuned..

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

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 05:31 AM

That box is mighty fine!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-30-2016 01:31 AM

Good progress, Bandit.

-- God bless, Candy

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