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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 05-10-2019 11:21 PM 537 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a box to hold the set of gimlet drill bits I bought for making planes (they leave clean exit holes, or will once I sharpen them). Took a 3/4 piece of canarywood, resawed it to 3/8 and ripped it into four grain-wrapped sides. Cut the sides in half and put dadoes on the inside of each half to hold a piece of 1/8 hard maple to form a dust seal and friction fit for the lid.

Mitered the sides and glued them together, then added citrus dovetailed splines, eyeballing the spacing. Put a piece of hard maple on the bottom and used more of the maple to make an insert to hold the bits in place. Capped the top of the box with a piece of Bradford pear I stabilized as a test back in December, and the box was built.

Smoothed the sides on the belt-sander and shaped the top. A coat of BLO and some blonde shellac and it’s done.

-- Dave - Minneapolis





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 05-10-2019 11:53 PM

simply 1 beautiful box love the dovetailed splines GREAT JOB :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 05-11-2019 12:21 AM

Nice design & build, and the wood selection is pretty nice too

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 05-11-2019 12:30 AM

Thanks, guys.

I’ve done the dovetailed splines before, Tony. But practice makes better. I made a bunch of spare spline material too, so you’ll probably be seeing citrus splines again soon.

Tom, it was all scraps at hand. The canarywood was a $5 piece from the shorts bin at Rockler, and I’m pretty glad I grabbed it. It’s pretty and nice to work.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 05-11-2019 12:35 AM

A lot of great effort put into the making. Nicely done dave.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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oldrivers

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#5 posted 05-11-2019 12:38 AM

Well done, I like the dove tails, great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 05-11-2019 12:42 AM

Thanks!

Dave, there was also plenty of sitting and staring at it, trying to figure if the bits were going to fit and now get banged around and… I finally ended up stuffing a piece of bubble-wrap into the lid.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 05-11-2019 12:59 AM

Looks like a very nice box Dave. Nice set of drill bits too. You added a lot of nice details to the box….pretty cool

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#8 posted 05-11-2019 08:57 AM

Thanks, Kelly!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 05-11-2019 09:33 AM

Looks like something I would use to repair a motorbike tyre with….snicker snicker !

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 05-11-2019 10:51 AM

Hmm. I don’t think it would work well on my tubed tyres, Rob. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 05-11-2019 11:44 PM

Love to see others looking after their often neglected tool D’P’ (nearly spelled you with a small P… I assume you may prefer a big P). It’s incredible how we look after some of our tools and may at times spend more time on protecting them than using them (well I do).

I have kept my little secret for many years, however, since you’ve shown me yours I’ll show you mine…

forgive this Philistine as I don’t even know what the plane is called that the blades belong to… all I know is it had Record 044 embossed on it’s side and it ruined the crap out of my turntable… my Beatles will never sound the same!

PS. I didn’t buy it but inherited it, hence my ignorance… but as the missus would volunteer… arrogance!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 05-12-2019 12:31 PM

Appears to be irons for a combination plane of some sort, LBD. And now I’m the one required to say, “nice box!”

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#13 posted 05-12-2019 06:40 PM



.... required to say, “nice box!”
- Dave Polaschek

Nice to have a sparring partner!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 05-12-2019 09:38 PM

Float like a bee, sting like a butterfly?

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#15 posted 05-13-2019 12:16 AM

Float and waddle like a duck?

-- Regards Rob

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