A Pekovich tea box #2: ~

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Blog entry by metolius posted 12-20-2018 01:21 AM 662 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Pekovich's tea box Part 2 of A Pekovich tea box series Part 3: base and clasp »

Quite a bit more work was put in this morning on the inset pieces.

After choosing grain pattern and rough sizing parts, I routed the 90* grooves for the dividers on the table saw sled.

I have a setup here that I haven’t seen in many places. My BT3100 has a left wing router which is so snug that the sled rides over it. Some time ago, I took advantage of this to use the sled for easy finger joint indexing on the router. Since, it has been a pretty super feature for quick and controlled tasks. I am pretty sure that when I replace the saw, I will do something with a new router table so that it may be used with a sled.

In this case, I put in a V-groove bit, set the stop, and pushed some grooves for the dividers.

The first dry-fit was close, but the corner chamfers needed a lot trips from the shooting board, back to the box .. test .. and again, to get the right fit.

Scallops were pressed with a 2 inch hole saw.

In the background of 2nd to last picture is the base and a pair of magnetic clasps. I’ll write some notes about these and the clasp cords in a following entry.

Through the fitment process I found that the box isn’t quite square on all four corners. My eyes hadn’t caught that before. To go at it again, I’d have heightened focus on this detail during the glue up.

Small box work is changing the way I see things; every fraction of a millimeter is being counted, every piece of grain is being judged on its value. It would be different if I started over, though not to finish by Christmas.

-- derek / oregon

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