String Box - Reclaimed Wood, Resaw Workaround!

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Project by mikeyvee posted 03-26-2016 01:59 AM 1205 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I play the guitar and I keep a lot of extra strings around. I also need to practice woodworking so I decided to make a box for them.

I had a piece of weird reclaimed timber, full of nail holes and knots, badly warped. It had earned it’s place in the trash bin, but I decided to bring it back. I knew I needed some boards about 1/2” to 3/8”, and I would have liked to resaw some of these pieces out on a bandsaw and plane them to size. I have no such options available, so I gave some pieces a good 90 degree edge and jack planed the surfaces square, and ran a line around it with a marking gauge.

I clamped up the board as well as I could to my bench and registered my circular saw as best I could for a resaw cut (this was definitely one of those workshop moments where I had to stand back and ask myself: “Hang on: are you about to do something really stupid here …?) then flipped it, and ran the other side. I couldn’t go all the way due to the blade/clamp setup, so I had to chop off the last bits with my jigsaw. Flattened the sawn surface with my jack plane fore/scrub iron, and then swapped for my normal slight-camber jack iron. Once I had two flat, square, true 3/8” boards I cut and shot them to length with my shooting board.

From there, I practiced my abysmal dovetail technique and made a box dimensioned for strings. There it is! Making a box isn’t very interesting, but I guess doing stock prep by hand with trash lumber is a somewhat-unusual process and I’m getting better at it.

I think one of those Roubo Frame Saws might be in my future …

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 02:19 AM

I admire your persistence! And it is nice to see a useful project resulted from all of that work. Nice job!

-- Seeing is believing.

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 12:39 PM

You gotta be willing to do whats nessesary, I admire your persistance as well. Nice work.

-- Andy Smith

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 11:36 PM

Thanks guys. Milling out stock by hand, especially from reclaimed lumber can be a lot of work. But it is one of those weirdly-rewarding tasks. It took me a long time to understand the principles of how to do it properly. This was a small project so it didn’t take too long.

Not gonna lie to you though: when I want to make progress on a large project, I’d rather be able to get things rough-dimensioned in a Saturday morning with power tools, rather than take most of the weekend!

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