Cherry Box of squares #5: Lid work

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-17-2016 10:43 PM 902 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Glue-ups Part 5 of Cherry Box of squares series Part 6: Grooves done, and a glue up »

Ok, just to get caught up a bit. Sized the lid’s frame parts for length, and started to dovetail the corners..

Four pieces, all nice and smoothed up, and then checked to make sure they would fit the box..

Then start with the dovetails. While normally I start with the pins…for some reason I wound up doing the tails first..

Not the best looking ones, pins looked better..

Hardest part for me is to remember which side of the lines to saw on..

Otherwise, I get loose things like this. Second corner? At least I remembered where to saw at..

Then, FINALLY, I remembered to make the pins first. Set the frame up on the bench, dry fitted up

Since all four corners now have been dovetailed together. Even came out square. Needed this to size the panel a bit better. Width was fine, length wasn’t

So, I marked how much to trim off. Once that was done, I laid out some lines

1” in from the edge..

And a 1/4” up from the underside. Then clamp the panel flat to the benchtop..

Paul Sellers likes to use one of these planes. Task is to make a raised panel. I go at the diagonal to the grain, working my way back from the edge until a nice bevel appears. Rotate, mark, and plane the other end grain end.

I do the ends first, as any tear out at the corner will be planed off when the sides are done..

I can keep using the #4 or I can use a slightly longer plane for the edge grain. Clean up with a low angle block plane, and then add a slight “back bevel” all the way around. A check to see how it fits the frame, again..

While making these bevels, the goal is to have a nice STRAIGHT diagonal on the corner where two bevels meet..

This one will need a little fine tuning. Next up, I dug out the Stanley #45, and set it up for “plough work”

Then I can mill a 1/4” x 1/4” groove into the frame’s parts, to house the raised panel. Need to make a jig to hold them still, long enough to make the grooves. That will be next time I wander down to the shop. Stay tuned…

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#1 posted 11-17-2016 11:47 PM

Looking good, Bandit. I love cherry.

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#2 posted 11-18-2016 12:19 AM

Love all the hand tool work and one thing you won’t have to worry about is burning the cherry. LOL

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