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Blog series by bandit571 updated 09-04-2016 03:41 PM 8 parts 7217 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: the start up

08-20-2016 06:32 PM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

A few weeks ago, picked a slab of wood at a yard sale, for a dollar bill… Slab was 5’ long, just over 1” thick. At the narrow end, it was over 12” wide, far end was 17” counting the bark.I resawed it down to something I could use. Then decided to resaw these into 1/2” thick slabs… Had decent luck with two of the slabs, the other two? Not so nice. Well, maybe I can “make do” with the better stuff? Crosscut the better of the...

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Part 2: A little bit more done...

08-21-2016 04:15 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Before the storms came through. Shop is closed down, due to a creek running across the floor. Floor drain working good, just was a LOT of rain outside. Had to stop for supper, anyway. Sooo, what all DID I get done? Well, I hauled the Stanley #45 down the stairs,and even brought along that new bottle of glue. Marked out for more finger joints, as I had two more corners to do. Hands were sore from all the handsaw work, so I used the bandsaw instead.. Then clamp it to the ben...

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Part 3: Stanley got his groove back

08-22-2016 02:46 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

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 stuffFinally got all four sides done, and the grooves even matched! And, by cutting through only half the width of the “fin...

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Part 4: Bottom panel and other things

08-23-2016 07:30 PM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Well, I was going to clear a path to my mitresaw bench, but. I’d have to move a lot of “stuff” out of the way, just to use that mitre saw clear back by the wall, just for these three cuts? Well, THAT ain’t going to happen, so how about I clear off the bench’s top, and add a smaller mitre saw there? One, I unfold the GEM, add four screws to attach it to the bench’s top. That saw was way too big. And, must have been a thicker saw used at some po...

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Part 5: It is out of the clamps!

08-26-2016 01:47 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

And looking a bit..rough. About like me before that first Mountain Dew of the morning… And each “face” looked like this. I clamped the box into the vise like this, and worked that side over.. A smooth plane to do most of the work…except around those pins One of the very few “Low Angle” planes I have. Went at an angle to the pins, to bring them down level with the sides. Then a palm sander to round the corners a bit. Then back to the #60-...

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Part 6: 2 days of lid work

08-28-2016 08:05 PM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

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...

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Part 7: Glue up, and other thing for the lid

08-31-2016 01:28 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Well, snuck back to the shop for a bit. The sides for the lid needed a bit of rounding over… The problem was here in the corners, Didn’t want the one roundover to run through the others. The shorter ends, I could just run through, the longer ones I did not want to on the insides. Got the short ends into the vise….what to round over with? too small for the corded router, did not have a small enough bit, anyway. A few passes with a block plane solved that. Not a...

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Part 8: Just finishing up..

09-04-2016 03:41 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Ok, had to decide which type of finish to use on this Cherry box The “Olde Standby” Witch’s Brew? Not quite what I was after, colour wise This is a 70/30 mix of BLO and Varnish. Had to go out and get a new can of each, and find something to mix it all in.. Also that evening in the shop….Box was final sanded. I fought to get those tiny hinges nailed in place, had to glue in a backer strip inside the lid, and then add a strip of scrap between the sides of...

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