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Blog series by bandit571 updated 01-08-2021 12:57 AM 14 parts 6802 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Box #1, start up

12-16-2020 02:25 AM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Let’s see….Spent $30 for a box of 1/4” thick Aromatic Red Cedar planks..the kind that some line a closet with….or a Blanket Chest…..in fact, I needed a whopping 4 planks out of that box…..Which left quite a bit to find something to do with the rest. Had a stack already sitting out… Figured I could remove the tongue & groove edges….and make a few small boxes. Souvenir Shops always had those small Red Cedar boxes for sale…names we...

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Part 2: Box #2, Dovetail version

12-18-2020 04:24 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Ok…wasn’t real happy with the Box/Finger joints….decide to try through dovetails instead….I was going to use that old Scroll saw…but… results weren’t the best….would prefer something like this.. Got out the Usual Suspects… There is something about that circled tool? The pointy end, actually? Seems that angled cut matches what angle I use for dovetails….makes layouts a lot easier. However, this is an older model…...

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Part 3: Hardware installed...1st coat of varnish

12-19-2020 07:51 AM by bandit571 | 4 comments »

Ok..hardware…Hobby Lobby Road Trip…..$14 and change….was cheaper than having them boxed up and shipped to me…..(total would have been $28?).. Sooo..load ‘em up…and head to the shop… Took a couple trips….forgot the camera…forgot the brushes…that sort of thing…Decided to start with a hinge.. used the 7/8” wide blade of the combo square, to lay out where to sit the hinges at. Cut the head off a nail, chuck it int...

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Part 4: From scraps to a tray

12-23-2020 03:38 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

As I guess the sides of this tray make it a box…sort of? Sorted through the leftovers….managed to find three decent looking ones….none were bowed…just the T&G edges were not the best looking..or ..locking. Tablesaw to rip those off. Was trying for a 9” x 12” panel… This was so much fun to do…..first blue clamp wanted to pop the 3 slats up into a curvy thingy….started to add the cauls, to keep things close to flat….....

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Part 5: While waiting on the laundry..

12-24-2020 05:58 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Shavings happened…. The thing about these Cedar planks…one side is already smooth, but the other was left rough….since both faces will show, I needed to smooth the rough face down…used the heads of 2 screws, to hold the ends still long enough. Good thing these were both too long….I can cut off the “bad” end….as soon as I know how much…Handles were about the same..Even that knot seemed to plane nicely….sharp enough plane? Bot...

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Part 6: Laundry Detail = Dovetails

12-26-2020 04:44 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Sounds like a plan? Start a load of Laundry, work on dovetails….maybe a glue up while the load is in the dryer? Got out the usual suspects.. Do a bit of layout….pins first… Saw the pins… about 6-8 full strokes…to go 1/4” in depth….then chop the waste.. Ooops, at least THAT will be on the inside….why I always start the chops on the show side….use the pins to lay out the tails…cut the tails with the bandsaw…I ca...

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Part 7: Out of the clamps, onto the Dinning Room Table?

12-28-2020 08:04 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

The hardest part of cleaning the tray up.. Was trying to hold it still, without snapping a handle off….This was “OK’ for the ends.. But this seemed to work better for the longer sides….Planed to match the sides to the bottom panel, then round the edges a bit….Dremel with a sanding drum was run around inside the handles a bit, smoothing out the rough areas, and a bit of round-over….other areas used a cordless variety… Sanded things down to 32...

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Part 8: and, back to building a box

12-29-2020 05:52 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Sorted through all the leftovers….found a couple to make a lid from…but, they wanted to be Hunting Bows instead…We have ways… Just let them “chill” in there, for a day or three….each closed the others curve down flat….more sorting..all the large ugly knots are now gone….needed a pair of long and a pair of shorts…to do a couple glue-ups.. And, set these aside for a day.. After a day or so…they came out of the clampsR...

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Part 9: Dovetails, just..dovetails

12-30-2020 09:45 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Late night Laundry Detail….wound up almost 3 hours long….had 2 loads to wash and dry…..good, I can hide out in the shop until they are …done..Dovetails? well, I lay out the pins first, of course… Can either use the marking gauge to scribe a baseline ( that I will abuse..)or… Use a knife and a square to do the “Knife wall” way of marking…..then a saw.. When doing the pins, I try to split the lines….most of the time…....

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Part 10: working towards a glue up

01-02-2021 07:32 PM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Note to self: NEVER get in a hurry to get a task done, tends to go badly….. Ok, Corners # 3 and #4….figured I could get those done… These dovetails were not too hateful….however… Had to figure a way to cut out the notch…..I even used that backer board….other end of which is clamped into the bench vise….saw wanted to wander a bit…and then the skinniest chisel I had, to pop the waste out….also popped both sides of the notch o...

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Part 11: Slips and a floor

01-04-2021 03:18 AM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Doesn’t sound like woodworking, does it? Well..”slips” are those thin wood strips, to use instead of ploughing a groove. The wood in this project is barely 1/4” thick….so, that strip of Ash was made into 4 strips of 3/8” by 1/4” last episode, I used the Stanley No. 2246 Mitre box, to cut the 45 degree ends… next strip/slip ready…then an end slip…each are getting glued and clamped in place… Looking for a tight fit in...

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Part 12: Dividers, and some work on the lids

01-04-2021 08:58 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

OK, clamps are removed…for a little bit…There will be gussets added to the “break-away” spots…just a triangle of 1/4” plywood… That Cedar scrap will come in handy in a moment … As it is the same thickness as the lids….lids can fit down flush with the “gable” ends…One was notched..the other was not. Instead I notched that end of the top bar….leaves more gusset to hold the breaky spot.test fit… Not t...

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Part 13: Glue joints cleaned up, lids fitted, hardware installed

01-06-2021 05:34 PM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Yet another Laundry Detail….have to wait around down there for the washer to get done…and change over to the dryer…and since I’m already done in the Woodshop…....Clamps were removed and put away….glue joints were sanded smooth Couple of dimples from the small c clamps to sand out….top bar needed to be flush with the top of the “peak”...one end wasn’t…we have ways.. Old Stanley No. 3, Type 11….does a nice job…...

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Part 14: Wrapping things up, second coat is on...PIP

01-08-2021 12:57 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Did a bit of hand sanding today….sanded the outside to 320 grit, then wiped it all down. Decided to varnish the insides..one coat at least.. More to protect the insides from wet items being placed back inside….think of all the seasonings and such at a cookout….this box will get used to carry them… Floor and the dividers got a decent coat. then closed the lids for a bit…. This was more about how the wood looked, than about the smell of Cedar…I...

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