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3 pc.bookcase cabinet series #4: Shopsmith and Bookcases and Cutting Poplar

06-13-2020 08:03 PM by oldguy2 | 2 comments »

I have am using my Second Shopsmith ,bought here as we moved to Phoenix. $800 with Jointer and Bandsaw. I had to sell my first one in PA as we moved. I had that one for 20 years and many accessories and upgrades. that buyer thought he could negotiate down the price until he came to see it. He was impressed with the extras. I got my price. I knew I was getting a quality tool, that is the usual comment you would hear from Owners..its quality. American Made in Ohio. Still being made...

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Poplar Box, dovetail version #4: Stain, tray, shellac.....

10-05-2019 04:33 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Lets see….stained the box, using the same stain as the last box. Gunstock by Minwax… Then decided a tray would be nice…cut a chunk of Poplar to about the correct length.. Yeah, yeah…finger prints and a price sticker…good thing this board is too thick, at 1/2”, wanted to get as close to 1/4 ” as i could…set a couple stops below that 1/4”... Instead of resawing, a plane would be used….tried the fancy #62, first.. It woul...

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Poplar Box, dovetail version #3: Flipping a lid

10-04-2019 02:43 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Box came out of the clamps….looking in need of a clean up.. Sanders and plane….then lay out where the groove will be… Somewhere about there, I think…just barely over the inside groove, towards the bottom of the box. Reset the 45 While I was set the fence…decided to clean that up a bit. Fence has a “Fine Adjust” feature, that was filling up with crud. Opened the fence all the way, clean things out, lock it back in place. Then reset the en...

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Poplar Box, dovetail version #2: Feeling groovy, and doing the Stanley 45 dance

10-03-2019 04:38 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

OK, pills taken, bathroom break done…wander back to the shop…taken the assembled box apart. reach for the Stanley 45….only to discover it is still set up from the last box….so, in order to do grooves for the plywood top and bottom panels to sit in….some changes were in order… Those long rods would just be in the way, and, that cam rest would not fit….set the cam rest aside, change back to the short rods. Re-assemble the plane…. Took mayb...

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Poplar Box, dovetail version #1: Not quite a repeat

10-02-2019 06:20 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Ok, last Poplar Box was with finger/box joints at the corners. Taking almost the same sized Poplar boards, but using handcut, through Dovetails for the corners..first, cut a few pieces on the mitersaw.. Thought I could cut them all at once, and get even sized parts…2 for the ends, 2 for the sides… One of the sides, even after 3 double-checks, came out a bit too long….we have ways. Then the hand plane routine, again…edges that didn’t quite match up, from t...

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Poplar Box Project #5: Hardware, and stain..and a PIP

09-24-2019 04:53 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

While out and about, Sunday…picked a few packs of brass corners.. I can use these to protect the bottom corners of the box….thought about doing the lid, as well….didn’t look right…So..hardware? Set the box into the vise, easier to work on hinges and a latch, without chasing the box and the lid across the bench top…needed a pilot hole for those tiny screws… Pair of needle nose Visegrips, and a small nail. Set the part in place, locate where a ...

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Poplar Box Project #4: Flipping your lid

09-22-2019 04:37 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Ok…box came out of the clamps…needing a bit of clean up.. Between the Stanley #3 and the ROS with 80grit… Got all the fingers leveled, glue stains removed….slight bevels along the edges….needed to jig up a way to plough a few grooves..and not have to chase the box all over the bench… Stanley 45 was preset while the inside groove were finished up…may have had it a tad too deep? Or, maybe the plane was tipping a bit…should have added t...

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Poplar Box Project #3: Inside grooves, lots of them

09-21-2019 07:45 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Ok, unroll the box… Set up a jig, to hold each panel…set up the Stanley 45 to the final fence setting… Do the groove for the top and bottom panels to sit in… Then check the panels for fit… And trim to correct size….length and width, would rather trim things down to fit, than find out one is too small…next, I needed one other groove milled. To where I can split the lid off. Short rods on the 45 were too short… Switched out to the...

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Poplar Box Project #2: Finger joints

09-21-2019 03:50 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

I clamped the two long side outside face to outside face.. Edges were even, ends weren’t quite there…Stanley #3 to even things up..needed a way to set the spacing for the fingers… Along with a few other tools…since I will be using that sized chisel to chop the waste, I used it to lay out the fingers, working towards the center from each edge… Waste is marked with a dot….needed a way to keep both boards aligned, while moving them around in the vise....

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Poplar Box Project #1: starting out

09-20-2019 05:31 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

have almost all the rehabs done, time to clean and clear off my bench..And bring a few boards of Poplar to the shop…getting tire of them sitting around upstairs, anyway.. 1/2” x 5-1/2” by around 24” long. Project Boards from Lowes…Went to cut one of these into 2 equal pieces…can’t get to the tablesaw…I did have a mitersaw handy… It did have a problem, though…swing arm and the guides want to weeble and wobble, so, I remove the ...

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