Just for Fun... #99: Might I Miter?

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 11-29-2017 01:02 AM 1466 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So there we were, walking through Sears, looking for some clothing…
As is usual with a Sears visit, I ended up wandering to the tool department; specifically, their Miter Saw line up…
From small to large, it’s always been fun for me to imagine getting one of those, and to imagine making Mitered box corners…
Debbie came up behind me and asked if I liked any of them, and then further fueled the desire for one by asking if I needed one, adding that “Christmas is coming” and the final “Michael, you never buy yourself anything!”
Who can refuse such Logic???

The upshot is, one of them came home with me that night, a fine machine that has served to (at least a little)
re-awaken the Wood working urge here in Sunny New Hampshire…

Set-up was simple and intuitive, the stand provided is adequate for its current use (though later on an entire ‘station’ for it will likely be constructed…)
No better test I could think of for the machine, other than to try building a box with it…
To that end, some scrap Curly Maple was located, cut to length (which is a first fruit of this new toy; repeatable, accurate length cuts have always been impossible!), then squared length-wise, and end mitered…

A Dado was plowed out for the Box panels as well…

I tried to be cute, and cut them one-time in ‘sort of’ the way of Martyn’s old E-Z Mitre fashion… But I am as yet not familiar with the Saw enough and couldn’t get the Saw Kerf to work my way… I ended up with four sides sure enough, just not quite as long as planned!

Panels of Bubinga, top and bottom, were then added, and since this is going to be a Lift-off type lid, a small Handle was contrived out of Yellow Birch…

After the glue up, a new Bandsaw Blade was installed and the sawing off of the Lid went without event…

This box has indicated that it wishes to be of the jewelry containing ilk, and to facilitate that, two small trays are being made now…

The sides of these trays are made from slats removed from an old louvered door, very brash stuff…
It is well that I allowed for extra materials for this step, because there was a good deal of splitting and cracking…

Anyway, that’s where I find myself right now… Yesterday some time was taken to make some patterns like the old days, to try to fit as bottoms for the trays…

Had a heck of a time cutting the small dados in those tiny tray sides, but that is a story for another day… :)

28 November 2017

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 11-29-2017 01:48 AM

OK Mike , all looks good except for a couple of concerns.
1. I hope you gave Deb a nice slobbery kiss! no mention of this for of rcognition in the story.
2. Did she spring for a nice new bottle of TBIII too?
3. Whats with opening presents before the due date?
4. I noticed you have committed the worst mistake a woodworker can possibly do, you have posted an empty coffee cup!!

I went to check out Martin’s work at the link but the images have been held to ramsome by Photobucket ... Rats.

Standing by for your post on the small dados.

Oh, ... And just in case you thought I missed the box ... coming along nicely!!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 11-29-2017 02:26 AM

all pluses michael

you got a good woman
you got a new tool
you got back into the shop
you learned new stuff
a new christmas and year is coming

whats not to enjoy about that

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-29-2017 03:26 AM

You have a good woman there, Mike! I believe she’s a keeper.

Glad to see you are still woodworking. The shop looks like you’ve added a few other new “toys”.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-29-2017 07:41 AM

Lookin good Mike, Merry Christmas already ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 11-29-2017 12:22 PM

The absolute best entry I’ve read in a while.
So glad to hear from you brother.
All good Mike!
I know that a new tool always gets me back in the shop…haha

She is definitely a keeper Mike!

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#6 posted 11-29-2017 01:23 PM

Goodon’ya both… I hope that’s her new mitered box ! I’m glad to see you working Mike. A new toy always helps rekindle interests. I am looking forward to photos of the finished gift box. Happy Holidays to you folks.
Don S. Havana Fl.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#7 posted 11-29-2017 05:19 PM

Mike, nice tool and nice box. Could you send me your phone number? I would like for my wife to talk to your wife about Christmas. Just kidding.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 11-29-2017 05:32 PM

Robert: #1) Several, #2) No, #3) I saved the Box for under the Tree Mate,

#4) Time for another cup indeed…

Yes! I was sorry to see Martyn’s Photos gone missing as well, Shameful!
He did a similar version with his Router here that is still viable…

David: These things are a lot of work, I forgot how much…
Starting with the must, needs, has-to-be’s of squaring up the sides accurately…
and the sanding…
Then the always-anxious process known as the”fitting of the panels”...
and the sanding…
The glue-up… (which I didn’t remember has to be square in Length, Width, and Height!… Luckily, the clamps were pretty close!)
and the sanding…
The Great Parting, top, from bottom…
and the sanding…

I can’t believe the accuracy required to make these right either,
way more than I’m accustomed to!
The New Saw checked out spot on, with your
“Blade to 45°, cut and flip the scrap to see” way to check, that’s Smart!

Lew: Yeah, I like her… :)
I had to look again at the pictures, to see any “new toys”??
The shop itself, I spent a good part of last year fiddling with
There were sheets of drywall screwed to the ceiling
intermingled with wiring and pipes
Got it all down, slowly but safely
much of it had to be ‘reverse-engineered’
and was made more difficult by poor work
A couple of the new-fangled 4’ fluorescent are in use overhead now
which sure helps!

Topo: Glad to hear from you Bob! Hope You and Yours are all well for the Holidays and into the New Year!!

Eric: That’s very kind of you to say Brother… Many Thanks and all the best to you as well!

Don: It’s not ‘written in stone’ yet, but there is a direction this project is taking
where it is will not be going into Debbie’s hands…
but it will go a place of which she will approve mightily!
No more can be said… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 11-29-2017 10:28 PM

Congrats on the new saw Mike. I have no doubt you will enjoy it. The box is looking great. I just noticed, this is your 99th “Just for fun” post!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 11-30-2017 05:55 PM

Big Al: I’ll gladly give you my #, but those sorts of things usually Backfire! Lol

Lenny: Am enjoying the new saw already my Friend, it’s going to come in very handy for some up-coming floor work…
It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve done nearly 100 of these silly things!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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