A Pekovich tea box #3: base and clasp

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Blog entry by metolius posted 12-20-2018 07:46 PM 544 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The base and and clasp are simple segments of 1/2×5/8 wenge.

The 2 parts of the clasp are drawn together with 2 pairs of neodymium magnets. In the FW article, Pekovich used 1/4 dia magnets, but I could only find 8mm. They are inset under a thin veneer within 21/64 holes. Lengthwise holes are drilled for a cord. After glue dried, I let the magnets naturally align to each other then clamped them in this position to flush the faces with a block plane.

Dados for the base pedestal were managed by the router sled with the help of a kerf maker.

The cord to use has been an issue. Pekovich used hemp rope, but I have no resource for that. With deadlines arising, I chose to try braiding jute twine.

Its hairy stuff. The coils on the left and right are both jute twine braids. For the rightmost I tried pre-waxing the twine with briwax, to control the hairy fibers. It did the job, but the texture and timbre was also lost.

I decided to use it raw and burn off the excessive hairs. For what it is, its a pretty close replicant to the aesthetic.

Thinking of the kerf maker. I make new ones once in a while so that I always have a spare that doesn’t yet have the kerf width cut. Starting with one piece of scrap, I partition it on the bandsaw then reassemble it like a bandsaw box. Not much effort, and not something I’ve seen described elsewhere .. maybe I’ll step through that in this forum.

-- derek / oregon

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