Pine Auger bit box #1: Starting up, slowly.

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-13-2016 04:48 AM 973 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, the current bit box is way too small, someone has been buying way too many bits….
Soo, I need a new box to hold over 30 (!) auger bits, and related bits. Have a 1×6 chunk of Pine. Why not Oak?

Well, the Tannic acid in oak will react to steel/iron objects. Even if I would add a finish to the parts, wear will expose enough bare Oak to start the reaction. Pine is a nice, safe storage wood. At least for iron objects.

Laid out a few lines to cut the 1×6 down to parts I can work with.

First pair of parts was about 12” long. Second pair was sized according to the room needed for the auger bit to sit in.

I used that brand new Aldi’s saw for the crosscuts. Cuts fast, even tried to get my thumb. Time for planes..

I paired up the ends and the sides, Junior jack plane to plane the edges square, and matched to width. Then the end grain work. Same plane, I work from both directions towards the center…..made some nice shavings..

Once all that was done, time for the bandsaw. Bandsaw? Well, 3/4” pine is a bit too thick to make a box with.
Marked a line along one edge, 1/2” in from the “good” face. Ran the board through the saw, trying to stay close to the line..

Well, I at least tried to. I might find a use for the thin cut-offs….drawer bottoms?
Opened this up like a book…

Pretty, ain’t it? Maybe I should buy a new blade for that bandsaw? At least get a SHARP one. We have ways of cleaning such roughness out..

A cambered iron in a jack plane. Going right across the grain. trying to at least level the playing field.
Then a smooth plane to clean things up..

A little #3 sized plane to smooth things out. After all four pieces were done, I just set them aside

I’ll let them sit a day or two, just to see IF them move a bit. If needed, I can re-flatten them down. Right now, they are between 3/8” and 1/2” thick….might try to get them all at 3/8” strong. Needed Igor to clean up the Dungeon Shop’s floor….

Just a small mess. Next time in the shop? Well, today I played “hooky” so the back and left knee can rest up. Maybe tomorrow I can hide out in the shop. Plan is to make the “outside” of the box first. The jints will be more of them handcut finger joints. While the box is gluing up, I can make a few bit holders. Stay tuned to see what that involves…..besides a lot of cussing….just getting a start, so far,

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

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#1 posted 10-13-2016 12:57 PM

So … inspired by your “working with pine”, I got some nice fresh sawn 4/4 white pine, that I had Kiln dried. To support some locals I know. Next time I’ll leave it to air dry. Anyway I resawed and planed to 3/8 inch. Cut blanks to make a box and then some of the blanks cupped. Any suggestions? I’ve stacked them up and put them under pressure with a couple of bench hooks. Been a couple of weeks now.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#2 posted 10-13-2016 09:03 PM

The pine I have is several years old, they used to be a frame for a Gazebo I built a while back..

Had one that was a bit out of flat. More from the way it was sawn, than any warping

Yours may have been still a hair wet? I also pay attention to how the grain runs on the boards. While the 1×6 was flat sawn, it was so close to the center of the “log” the grain was vertical, instead.

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

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#3 posted 10-14-2016 01:35 AM

I do have one board that remained dead flat after resawing. I’ll check the grain and see. I have some really doug fir I should be using.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#4 posted 10-14-2016 11:36 PM

Thanks for the tannic acid vs steel info, Bandit. New wrinkle in my brain. :-)

-- God bless, Candy

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