Just for Fun... #73: The Bubinga Box Begins...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 05-31-2013 02:50 AM 2444 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of months ago in J.f.F. #71, after a bunch of milling, I came up with some book-matched Bubinga that I said simply must be made into a box…After re-sawing and planing...

After a trip to New Mexico, to visit with the Patron,
and after Debbie and I re-doing our living room,
and several trips to the Beach,
and a hundred other things I can’t even recall,
this Week, work finally began.The Wall...Woodcarving at Kittery Trading Post in Maine...Buffalo Dancer...4 coats in, refinishing our Oak Coffee Table...Getting rid of the Sofa...

Oops, Sorry! I kinda lost track!
Oh yeah… Bubinga… Box…
Actually, all the time that I was doing those things, my mind was ever on the box. For illustration purposes, after it was squared up on three sides (and cut to length), I placed masking tape at the approximate lengths of the four sides…After squaring up and cutting to length...

Now, I don’t know much about the “Golden Ratio”, but a box made with these dimensions (to me) would be rather tall for its footprint…
The thing I’ve been pondering is, if I have to cut it down to make it a little shorter, is there any way that I can use the off-cuts so as to continue the grain onto the top too?
I considered several ways, but the one that made the most sense, was to use a variation of our very own Martyn’s (BritBoxmaker) E-Z Miter work…
I’ll never match him for accuracy, that’s certain, but I proceeded like this…
First, I set the Table Saw to 45°. then lowered the blade to just/almost breaking through the thickness of the wood…Setting the TS Blade...Making the first cuts...

The purposes of these cuts won’t immediately be apparent, but after cutting that corner, and cleaning it up, I then made two more 45° cuts (the actual side “shorteners”)...Another angled cut...And yet another...

Next, it was off to the Router “Table” to cut Dadoes…Careful setting for top dado...

Then, it was time to lay out the joinery. I’m using finger or box joints, and as usual, I’ll be cutting those with the Scroll Saw.
But this time, the top and bottom on each corner will be mitered…Set up in almost the usual fashion...

Before the Scroll cutting was done, I took a minute to notch out the bottoms of what will be the miter cuts…Notches cut...

After the Scroll cutting, it was pretty simple to cut the corners of the sides. Lucky for me, the Scroll Saw Table tilts one way, while the Band Saw tilts the other!Scroll Saw tilts one way...The Band Saw tilts the other...

And after some file fitting, the sides are up!Enough for today...

Tomorrow I hope to cut and fit the panels, and if that goes well, maybe I’ll be able to show you what the off-cuts are for! :)

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

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 03:06 AM

Wow. That combination of miters and box joints makes my head hurt just thinking about. Can’t wait to see where this goes, Mike!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 03:11 AM

aahh ….
.... a new cliffhanger

an inventive innovation
to a time tested technique

will michael save debbie
from the rising tide
and bring her triumphantly home
on the royal sofa

tune in tomorrow
for another episode
‘just for fun’

-- 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 05-31-2013 03:29 AM

It was making my head hurt too Charlie, that’s why it took me so long with the pondering… I have to “see” the thing through, before I start flipping the switches on the saws!
David! How goes the Battle?
I’ll be as surprised as anybody how this episode plays out!!
But like a Friend once told me, nothing gets done until somebody does it

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

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#4 posted 05-31-2013 03:37 AM

Well, I’m hooked! Can’t wait for the next installment.

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

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#5 posted 05-31-2013 04:16 AM

This is sure worth watching.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 05-31-2013 08:41 AM

Well the mitre cutting looks pretty good to me, Mike. Interesting variation on a theme too with your trademark scroll sawn box joints. I’m looking forward to the next part.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 05-31-2013 08:46 AM

Mike good to see that you are Very busy
That is an amazing grain on the box, it is going to
look real sweet

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 05-31-2013 09:08 AM

That looks really cool, Mike! Beautiful and precise cutting. I am also anxious to see the outcome. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 05-31-2013 09:16 AM



-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#10 posted 05-31-2013 09:52 AM

Very interesting concept Mike. Looking forward to part 2.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#11 posted 05-31-2013 10:28 AM

Isn’t it amazing… life can interfere with woodworking only to a degree… we are always thinking about the next project. That wood is beautiful, Mike. Can’t wait to see the outcome.

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

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#12 posted 05-31-2013 10:48 AM

Man, the pressure is on now! I had better do good… :)
Truth be told, the work will be a little delayed today… Our local weather just strolled into the 90’s, and I’m going to have to spend some time dragging our two Air Conditioners down from the attic (and popping them in their windows)

The good news is, is that the basement shop is nice and cool!

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

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#13 posted 05-31-2013 11:03 AM

Really looking good so far Mike can’t wait to see the end result. Only joined this site a few days ago and already I am starting to think I am not going to show any of my projects till I am a lot lot better. Keep up the good work.


-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 05-31-2013 11:33 AM

Dave: Welcome to Lumberjocks my Friend!!
I hope you re-consider! Believe me when I tell you, none of us were born doing “Fine Woodworking”... It’s a learning process, like anything worth doing…
One of the great things about this site, is that the collective abilities and talents of thousands of Woodworkers are here, for beginners and experts alike to glean what they will. This elevates Everyone’s skills!
Post your Projects! It will be Fun, not only for you but for everyone, to watch your skill and confidence in yourself grow and improve!
I know mine have… :)

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 05-31-2013 12:11 PM

Nice blog on the progress, Mike. I love to see what goes into a project. We all learn from others build processes. I can’t wait to see the final product and what you decide to do the the top. It sounds like you plan as you go, like I do many times. It just comes to you while you’re sleeping!!........................Cheers, Jim

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

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