Tap & Die Box build

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Blog series by bandit571 updated 09-27-2020 01:18 AM 7 parts 3111 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Needs a box?

09-20-2020 05:07 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Seems between both my Late FIL , and my Late Dad…..I had amassed a collection of these things. And.. Plus about a dozen Dies...The old case I made a long time ago, was being overwhelmed … And, an old Ford parts box just wouldn’t do…So…went out to Lowes, and bought some Poplar “Project” lumber… Wound up getting two more of the 1/2” x 5-1/2” x 24” planks, and a 2×2 x 3’ The goal for that 2×2? I in...

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Part 2: 3 hour shoptime?

09-21-2020 02:22 PM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

At least it was a “3 hour tour”. Hauled the 2×2 to the shop, then the 7 planks ( No, Snow White was not involved) of 1/2” x 5-1/2” x 24” Poplar. Sorted through the stack, found two interesting ones… Intend to make 2 boxes..might be enough here for 2 lids? Hmmm….set these 2 aside, which left the other 5 sitting on the bench…all were supposed to be 24” long….. Right!!!!!. Picked through these, to find the best of the...

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Part 3: Dovetails...

09-22-2020 12:33 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Making through dovetails in 1/2” thick stock… Needed a marking gauge, set to the thickness of the stock….lets me know how far down to saw. Stand the board up in the vise.. A bevel gauge set to the angle I wanted. Start on the edges with a 1/2 pin. Then work my way to the center…Next, a small combo square to mark the vertical saw lines…..have a spotlight on, so I can see what I’m doing. Then “drop the board down… Pick your sa...

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Part 4: Feeling "Groovy"?

09-23-2020 03:36 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Well….played around in the shop this morning…had 3 grooves to finish up… Seemed to be making a lot of “noodles”... To where the Stanley 45 was filled up… And I’d have to stop to clear the plane….test fit, to see how the grooves would line up.. Close enough….Ok, change the 45 over to hold a wider cutter… Goal was to plough a groove to hold a 1/2” thick “shelf” in which to hold 10 dies..will stash #11 a...

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Part 5: A day at the drill press?

09-24-2020 12:56 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Not really….maybe an hour or two..first, I wanted to make sure that plywood panel will indeed fit the box, so I did a dry fit…. Something wrong….it actually fir perfect on the first try ! Hmmm…So, I hauled so toys to the shop….needed to find the center of a board… Then take another small combo square, set it to the line, then draw a center line on down the length of the board..Then set up and drilled one hole, to test fit one Die…. Seems to...

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Part 6: The making of a lid

09-25-2020 11:51 PM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Well, the clamps came off… Handsome, ain’t they? Clean up of the box first…then I can start on the lid.. Top and bottom edges needed leveled..Millers Falls No. 15 took care of that…Then, smoothed the sides a bit I tried the WoodRiver 62….was getting some tearout…so, used this Stanley No. 3….seemed to work much better..Before I set the box aside, I set it down on the lid blank….mooshed it around until things lined up..traced around the...

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Part 7: Lid and hardware installed..

09-27-2020 01:18 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Had to level the bottom edges of the lid….so it would fit onto the top of the box….without rocking.. Planes, beltsanders and such…The racks needed the holes for the dies “chased” a bit…1” forstner bit to each hole. Needed a way to clamp the racks to the bottom of the box.. Used the side of the bench as a caul, and enough scraps to reach above the edge of the sides….took two glue ups, one for the main racks, and a second one for the sin...

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