Just for Fun... #100: The Art of making Complexity out of Simplicity...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 12-11-2017 02:54 AM 1729 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The current box was/is scheduled to have two trays made for it…
For the sides of the trays, some old slats were appropriated from a louvered door,
and cut down to size (Height-wise) on the Scroll Saw…

The plan is to use very thin Pine for the bottom of these trays, thus a dado is required to hold the Pine in Place…

Firstly, a very small (1/8”?) router bit was attempted, with extremely dubious results!

If I ever need “Faux Wormholes” at least I’ll know how to proceed…

Plan B was next, using the inverted circular saw with a “Simulated Zero Clearance” board attached… This way is NOT recommended!! It is extremely dangerous!!
But it worked, sort of…

The Problem with this method, aside from the obvious peril, is that the blade has seen some use (okay,a lot of use)
It no longer cuts a nice, square bottom…

The challenge to making the thin, small tray bottoms fit will be three-fold; #1) Firstly, Cutting the pine that thin to begin with! #2) They then will have to be cut to the right size to fit inside the trays exactly #3) The edges will have to be shaped to fit the contour of the bottoms of the Dadoes

To get thin stock, first the old “Log Holder” contraption was attempted…

That worked fine, except the piece I chanced to cut into had splitting issues…
I was disillusioned, and took a different tack entirely…

I simply freehand cut into a separate piece
like I was making a featherboard
and then clipped the feathers off…

Using the patterns I made, Packets were made up and sawn
of several thicknesses of the thin materials
It is so thin, the additional pieces will protect it through the cutting
and also give me some extras in case I needs ‘em…

Time is a scarce commodity to spend on Woodworking lately (as per usual),
but at a snail’s pace, whatever it is I think I’m doing is proceeding…

One tray almost finished, another yet to go…

I would like to take a moment to Thank You all
for the Interest and Friendship many of you have shown me
and towards these (100 now,can you believe it?!) wayward, point-less, and direction-less ramblings…
You are who makes them Fun!

Merry Christmas from Concord, N. H. as well, and Best Wishes to One and All for the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years!!

10 December 2017

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

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#1 posted 12-11-2017 04:15 AM

Awesome job, Mike!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and Debbie!

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 12:27 PM

Merry Christmas to you, Mike!!

You take a different approach to making thin pieces depending on the equipment you have. Nice to see you got ‘er done!!

cheers, Mike…................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 01:49 PM

Happy Holidays to you and yours Mike !

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

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#4 posted 12-11-2017 04:43 PM

Great to see you back in action Mike.
Merry Christmas you & Debbie.

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#5 posted 05-12-2018 07:02 PM

Wonderful, just wonderful.
Nice to see you are still having a good time with wood.
Learning by doing.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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