Just for Fun... #67: A Mitered Box?

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 11-17-2012 03:49 AM 2270 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 66: A New Shrine for St. Francis... Part 67 of Just for Fun... series Part 68: Finishing-up the Mitered Box... »

Working on the last project (the “Shrine” for St. Francis) reminded me how inadequately I am set up for cutting miters…
I managed to cut the small mitered roof, but the way that I did it would never work for a box! The tiny discrepancies would be multiplied by the sides and I’d end up with huge gaps… But it got me thinking…
I’ve been fascinated with this old thing since I got it in 1999…The Miter Saw...

In the new basement shop, there was a large bench already in place… It’s not a Woodworking bench, whoever built it, built it for glass cutting… But it gave me the first opportunity I’ve had to mount the old saw on a solid surface, and at a comfortable cutting height…
Testing it out on a scrap, I came up with this…Test cuts with scrap...
This looks promising, as far as it goes…
So I rummaged around in the wood pile and found a piece big enough to attempt a small box…
I cut some quick dadoes in it for the top and bottom with the Table Saw and cut away with the old Miter…Setting up for some "real" cutting...The "Money" cuts...

I wanted a rectangular box, rather than square, so I inserted another spacer block beside the clamped stop block every other cut…
I taped (and folded) the pieces and in only forty minutes, I went from scrap pile to four sides standing!...Taped and ready to fold...A quick four sides...

It’s difficult to see, but the miters are as good and tight as any I’ve seen!
Being well-pleased with that, I took some quick sizings with calipers and cut out blanks for the panels… and then fitted them…Planing panels to width for top and bottom...

Here it was, dry-fitted and held together with rubber bands….Another simple box...

Today, when I got home from work, I cut another quick dado on the inside and then glued it all up… and clamped it…The Glue-up...The Clamp-up...

There was actually only one part left to make, so while the glue is drying, I made a little handle for the lift-off lid that this box will have….The Handle...

Anyway, though it’s limited to the size of work it can cut, that hundred year old Saw is as accurate as any!! :)
16 November 2012

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

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 04:02 AM

another door opens michael
(and a box too)

good for you

looks as good as any
as you say

well done

-- 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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#2 posted 11-17-2012 04:12 AM

Six sides next? Eight? :)

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

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#3 posted 11-17-2012 04:34 AM

well done Mike … Sweet handle … great shapes

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 11-17-2012 04:37 AM

sky’s the limit
(not really as it’s a long way out there)

-- 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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#5 posted 11-17-2012 05:35 AM

The old method lies in the woodworker himself. The tool is just an extension of your hands. Another mitering method …. michael’s way.
Very resourceful indeed.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 11-17-2012 05:54 AM

As usual, your box looks great! Your handles are just Mike originals! But I just love that old miter saw… what a beauty! They don’t make them like that any more. You might want to check out Doug Stowe’s method of taping the corners instead of clamping. You really get an easier square corner.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 11-17-2012 06:16 AM

Nice job Mike. I have one of those, but mine is a little lose. Needs some work. You give me hope for it ;-)

-- 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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#8 posted 11-17-2012 06:33 AM

It nice to pull an old tool off the shelf and have things work so well.
Nice miters and another nice loooking box!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 11-17-2012 08:29 AM

Mike that is a nice box, you have got the

miters great. I prefer a frame miter saw for

fine work, much cleaner than a chop saw.

I misplaced mine in the move :( it is only one

of the modern ones though. That handle has

great style, nice.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 11-17-2012 12:43 PM

Nice job on that box, Mike. Those old tools in the hand of a skilled person like you get new life!!

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

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#11 posted 11-17-2012 01:48 PM

Nicely done. Thnx for the step-by-step

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#12 posted 11-17-2012 02:01 PM

Very nice Mike. When I saw the title I knew you were gonna do them on the scroll saw! But that old tool is much cooler. Good job.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 11-17-2012 02:22 PM

Thanks for the taking us along on a new adventure, Mike!
Love the little handle!

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

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#14 posted 11-17-2012 02:32 PM

Beautiful work Mike ! How did you come by that marvelous old miter box ? Thanks for the post ! Way to go Mike !

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

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#15 posted 11-18-2012 03:16 AM

Thanks all!!
Dan: The picture was taken before I was completely done with the Handle… I did a little more filing to it to try to get it to “Flow” better… I’ve found, that with these handles and hinges and stuff, I can continue “perfecting” them indefinitely! There usually comes a point when I have to say “Good Enough!!”... before the part disappears!!
Bert: It was actually You my Friend, and the hand-mitering that You have been doing, that inspired me to drag the old saw out and to give it a try!! Thank You for that and for your kind words…
Ellen: One of these days, I’m going to get Stowe’s book and check it out. But I’m having so much fun muddling through, and making them my way! Will I enjoy it as much, when I’m making them his way? :)
Topo Bob: If you have the means, fix it! You won’t be sorry… Now that I have mine mounted on the bench, at the very least, I can use it to quickly square up a board end…
Bob K: You bet it’s nice! I’ve been dragging that around for almost fourteen years, never certain how well it was going to work until the other day!
Jamie: I did notice how clean the cuts were on these… It’s them fine teeth that do such a great job!
Jim: Thanks! But really, all I did was push and pull the thing… The saw does all the cuttin’ :)
Roger: Glad you enjoyed it my Friend!
Andy: I’ve wanted to try making a mitered box for a long time, and have considered attempting it with the Scroll Saw… This just seemed a whole lot more precise! Don’t be surprised though, if I give it a go with the SS one of these days…
Lew: The Adventure continues… I’d blog today’s exploits, but it’s too late tonight, I have to get up at 4:30 for work… Hopefully tomorrow…
Don: Thanks my Friend! A couple years ago I reviewed it as the ””New & Improved Miter Saw. I did it on April Fool’s Day, as a sort of tongue in cheek thing… :)
Thanks again everybody…

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

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