Cherry Box of squares #1: Starting up, resaws

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-08-2016 01:52 AM 747 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Have an older box. Until recently, it held some of the auger bits in the shop. Box has seen better days, though. I had thought to store some squares and bevel gauges in it, but..

The bottom panel had blown out the sides. The lid had shrunk. Just wasn’t enough room for these to fit in there…

Well, I could see about building a new box. Had some leftovers from another box build..

Mainly Cherry, there is some sap wood-like stuff there as well, whether it is Cherry, or from a Walnut slab? Marked the boards for a bit of resaw work, since I have a decent ( but not great) blade in the bandsaw..

Right down the center of these boards. Should give me a few @ 1/2” thick…..first cutting..

Not too hateful? Got a second board started…..noticed it was sitting at an angle….leaning over to the side. Stopped the saw and switched ends. And, kept an eye out for any more leaning…..Once it was resawn, i trimmed off the bad section…

Which left one board a bit ..short. kept at the saw…

Until I had a nice stash to work from. Long boards were about 25-26” long, a bit much for a box. Cut them down to 13” or so. Which left a few shorter boards..

As for the sap wood stash..

Set them aside for now. Will try to make a glued up lid panel out of them, later. Had a problem trying to plane a few boards flat and smooth..

The bench dogs I was using are too tall, planes were hitting them. Decided to make use of a dowel rod, and old saw plate piece, and a screw

Pilot hole for a brass screw. End of the (now) 3/4” dowel rod was cut at an angle ~ 5 degrees or so. Stuck this “Stop” in a brand new dog hole…

And went to work with a few planes..

Since these boards are “rough sawn” I started with a cambered Jack plane to clean up saw marks, then downsized a bit..

To a smaller jack plane, that barely had any camber to the iron. Then a smooth plane to finish the faces of the four boards I was working on..

Which left the edges. Set up in the leg vise, with a pine keeper below to keep things from sliding out of sight on me…

I jointed one edge straight. grabbed a combo square, set it to the narrow end, and mark along the unplaned edge. Then flipped the board over, and joint away the line. I wound up with these four boards to make the sides of the box with..

Also a glimpse at the three planes ( so far..) used. Next installment? Well, more resaw work, and a panel needed glued up. Stay tuned, as the cussing is get worse than a Marine….

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

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