Just for Fun... #86: The Work continues...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 09-17-2014 12:32 AM 1598 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a busy week of work and life, last weekend allowed me a few hours to devote to this latest “Mystery Project”...
Though it only took 3 1/2- 4 hours, the sides were finally joined sometime Saturday morning…

The last side is the most work, as it requires two corners to be filed to fit… These larger sides don’t help, they’re harder to handle, so the sides were clamped to the router table to facilitate the fiing…

I might have saved myself some work by making the box joints bigger too, but I’m looking for as much detail as I can get on this piece… And besides, I’m a glutton for punishment anyway…
Case in point, it was decided that the joints would be cut over-long this time, with the idea that some detail would be added to them…
And so it was, quickly and to the point… The sides’ ends were marked in half…

With the Table of the Scroll Saw tilted, a pass was made from both sides…

Then the corners were knocked off again on the other Scroll Saw, with the Table at 90°… First from one direction, and then from the other…

They’re so small, I’m not sure it was a very effective idea, but at least it was relatively quickly done… Both ends of each side only took 3-4 minutes and after some filing and sanding looked like this…

The time was ripe to cut the curves off too…

Those cut-offs will be saved, I can think of at least two times that they will be useful in the later construction…
After the curves were cut, the sides were assembled, and a quick line was drawn and cut… The Scroll Saw Table was still tilted, and matched the curve well enough, so…

And I thought, that’s enough for today and got busy doing some life stuff…


But when the things were done, there was still a little time left in the day, so… off came the lid…

I was pleased with the work so far, and tired, so I took a break (a nap even!)...


And again, there was still time in the day, and I actually awoke refreshed… So, the bottom was set in…
The challenge here was SIZE… the Calipers might work for the shorter dimension, but no way for the longer…

I might have made larger Calipers, but I’m too lazy! A couple of dowels and some rubber bands, and the inside measurements were quickly ascertained…

Some of the 1/2” Birch Plywood was marked and cut, and in it went…

And that’s where it’s at, all in a weekend’s work… A lot of details crossed off the list, but many more still to go… Thanks for looking in! :)

16 September 2014

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

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 12:43 AM

Looking Fantastic, Mike!

Mind if I borrow that rubber band idea- I love it!!

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

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 12:46 AM

Wonderful progress Mike and the project looks great!

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

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 01:00 AM

well done there michael

looks like a little log cabin
great innovations and methods

i like your style
always moving up
in the work

-- 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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#4 posted 09-17-2014 01:59 AM

Looks great Mike.
Your photography skills make it all the better.

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 02:38 AM

Thanks Guys…
Lew: I thought of that (or saw it somewhere) a long time ago,,, and filed it away in the “too simple/too stupid to work” folder… Have to be careful about over-thinking sometimes, because they worked perfectly!
I was impressed with how well they held the dimension, those rubber bands do not like the wood sliding by them at all!
Lenny: Thanks Lenny… I’ve done these so many times, that I had to be extra-special careful with the “routineness” of it… My mind kept on wanting to wander to the next steps in the build, and it was a bit of a struggle to remain focused on the “here and now”...
But the first steps are behind me now, and the next steps are here!
David: Isn’t it wonderfully curious that Projects like this come along, at precisely the right time, to offer our Souls some sanctuary from the cares and worries of everyday life?
Eric: The Picture-taking is an ever-learning thing too… Framing the shot, decent light on the subject, watching for glare, watching for shadows… and then checking the shot afterwards to make sure I didn’t move and blur it…
It is tedious, but it has become another part of the process… At least, thanks to modern technology, any number of pictures can be taken and then instantly reviewed, so it has never been easier to get the right image…

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 03:56 AM

Well done, Mike!!!!!!!!!!................Jim

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

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 04:46 AM

Looks great….!! And I would never have thought to use two dowels to measure the dimensions! Wicked cool idea!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 09-17-2014 10:02 AM

Always amazing at your wonderful precision! Very cool!


-- 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 09-17-2014 10:13 AM

Great work as always Mike. I like the curved top idea.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 09-17-2014 03:18 PM

Mike it looks like you put your all into it
Must have been a nice wee break fae your wurk.
Elastic bands. Always handy
Look forward to the next bit


-- 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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#11 posted 09-18-2014 01:28 AM

Thanks again my Friends…
I entered the “Fruit & Nuts” box last week at the 138th Annual Rochester Fair,
took a ride up today to see how it did…

It’s funny that the Fair Tag and Ribbon almost hide the box completely!

Went South on the way back to Concord (instead of West) and ended up in Brentwood, NH… Home of Highland Hardwoods...
With some self-control, I was able to come home with only a little more than I needed… Some Yellowheart (which I learned today is also known as Pau Amerello) and a nice, fat chunk of Cherry…

I’ll be using some of each of them later on in the project… :)

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

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#12 posted 09-18-2014 12:04 PM

That’s a lotta finger joints Mike. Looks gr8!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 09-20-2014 07:28 PM

Looks really good Mike.
Clever with the dowels.
Congrat on the prize.
Best thoughts,

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

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#14 posted 09-22-2014 04:26 AM

Congrats on the prize! Well deserved! Have fun with that new wood!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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