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Tool tote / caddy travel #4: Hand cut box joints - a tool tote tray.

01-10-2022 11:52 PM by mafe | 9 comments »

Hand cut box jointsa tool tote tray. A real step by step, about simple box joints, with hand tools. My favourite tool tote, that I build back in 2010 (as you can see in this blog series), needed a new tray, as the old one had changed purpose. The old tray had also always felt wrong for me as, I didn’t like the proportions and the machine made box joints, didn’t go well with the hand cut dovetails on the tote it self. I like machine cut box joints a lot, but not mixed with hand cut do...

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Building a brace till #15: Last drawer boxes / odds and ends

01-01-2022 06:32 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

A few odds and ends as I built the last two drawer boxes today. First is one of the steps I don’t think I’ve mentioned in previous write-ups of building a dovetailed box. If the opposing sides of the box are not the same length, it will be very difficult to make a square box. So after cutting the sides, I will match up the opposite sides in my face vise and look at their lengths. If they’re uneven, like this pair are, they will need some clean-up. I do the cleanup with a block plane...

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Building a brace till #14: More drawers

01-01-2022 01:14 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

Yesterday I was busy building and didn’t stop to take pictures. Had one drawer box all ready for glue-up when I walked into the shop, so that was the first task. Got it together and started cutting the next box, which went well, and the first box had spent a little over an hour in the clamps, so I could remove them and reuse them on the second box of the day. And then I started on the third box, and was done and ready for glue in under an hour. Apparently practice still makes me better!...

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Building a brace till #12: Another day, another drawer

12-30-2021 02:12 AM by Dave Polaschek | 24 comments »

First, a photo of how the till looks today. That’s yesterday’s drawer-box in the lower right corner. I took it to the belt-sander to bring the dovetails down to level. I had cut them so the pins and tails protruded just a little, and it’s a lot easier to fix that on the belt-sander than with a plane. Normally I cut dovetails so the flat surfaces are slightly proud of the end-grain, which is easier to plane flat. Maybe tomorrow’s blog will cover that… Todays update will fill in some ...

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Building a brace till #11: Starting on drawers

12-28-2021 08:02 PM by Dave Polaschek | 23 comments »

Nineteen months ago I said I needed to get started on the drawers for my brace till soon. I guess it was finally soon! I had resawed a bunch of pine down to about ¼ inch. First up was cutting it to size and flattening it. Then I laid out the tails. Cut the tails. Laid out the pins. Cut the pins. And remember to mark the waste before cutting out the wrong bits. And test fit each corner. Then I marked where the grooves for the bott...

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Office Cabinet #2: Pin Time

03-05-2021 03:41 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

This part can be stressful. You really need to be warmed up and ready to saw accurately. Try taking some practice cuts. Sharpen up your tools. Avoid distractions and stay focused to avoid miscues. It is really somewhat exhausting, but try to stay calm and relaxed to avoid tightening down on your tool grip. Work to carefully laid out knife and pencil marks. Use a sharp pencil too. I mark the pins from the tail boards that have been numbered. The numbers for each corner are marked on...

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Office Cabinet #1: Dovetails!

03-03-2021 07:25 PM by Tom | 2 comments »

I am finally starting a new project. Lately, I have been doing more home maintenance, painting walls which is kind of boring. I want a cabinet to store various office supplies and that matches the style of my existing office furniture. This will be a cabinet that sits on the floor and stands about 36 inches high and 32 inches wide. I plan to have two doors on the front with adjustable shelves. The case will be dovetailed and it will be fitted with a top piece to set books or knick knac...

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Drill Press Cabinet Build #1: Main Cabinet Dovetails and Stopped Dado

11-20-2020 12:37 AM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 0 comments »

In this video I’m working through some knots to create dovetails and stopped dadoes. I chose to use some scrap plywood I had on hand to not waste good lumber. I may go back eventually and make a good looking cabinet from hardwood, but not sure if that is worth the money for shop storage. Do you guys spend decent money to have good a nice looking shop? Check out the build so far here.

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Jefferson Bookcases #7: Smoothing and prep for shellac

08-10-2020 06:19 PM by Dave Polaschek | 10 comments »

I had planned to blog about applying shellac next, but realized that getting ready for finishing is more important than applying the finish. So let’s get a case ready for finishing. I have two primary tools for this prep work. A wooden smoothing plane I made and a block plane. The first is for planing long grain, and the latter for end grain, though if I just have a tiny bit of end grain to do and it’s well supported so I don’t have to worry about blowing out the edges, I’ll use the smooth...

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Jefferson Bookcases #4: Large case pin boards and backs

08-07-2020 07:24 PM by Dave Polaschek | 4 comments »

Today it was time to start making boxes. First step is to cut the pin boards. I start by transferring the tails to them and marking everything out. On the front, I should draw the baseline to the second to last line I transferred from the tails. On the back, I only need to mark the outermost two lines, as those will be part of the mitered corner, and I’ll be sawing the top and back, but not the front. After cutting the sides of the pins (the ones I marked on the front)...

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