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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 10-24-2019 06:43 AM 797 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

While rummaging through one of my drawers (not knickers) looking for a clean (definitely not knickers) drinking glass, I finally took notice of these Veritas honing jig pieces

that have been playing pinball in the drawer for the past 12 years since I surrendered to my dark side and bought a Tormek.
While it’ll probably never be used, by me, I am too sentimental to part with my jigs, even to a new set of respectable foster parents. So I decided to make a box for it/them so I could hide them in a drawer

and forget them forever.

Based on my layered MDF technique, I started with a SketchUp design,

The design was based on these photos that were imported into SketchUp and then traced for shape.

I then printed of 3mm MDF profiles to test for fit (and modified till the fit was acceptable),

then a full base cut (for fit),

Content with the result, did a full laser cut of all the parts and ventured off to the workshop for assembly.

Did a dry assembly,

closely followed by a test fit,

Hit it with glue, fitted the sides and trimmed the alignment dowels,

Assembled the lid that I engraved using a PINEWOOD font,

I always had difficulties getting ideas for fitting the lid to the base, so for MDF, I came up with this swing arm method (that I have retro fitted to many of my other boxes),

While it makes a complimentary addition to my diamond plates, I do regret that they may never be used,

Do not fret dear reader, the diamond plates will still get used for my scrapers….

All comments appreciated, however, donations are more readily accepted!

PS. I kept this post relatively short as I have a heap of laminated MDF rubbish to follow.

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





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oldrivers

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#1 posted 10-24-2019 10:19 AM

Great build on a well organized storage box of display quality.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Andre

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#2 posted 10-24-2019 01:26 PM

Neat box, I went the purest way, Free Hand, but did get some Oil Stones after a demo at Lee Valley.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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WeekendWoodworking

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#3 posted 10-24-2019 02:19 PM

Nice!!!

-- Steve

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pottz

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#4 posted 10-24-2019 02:27 PM

so you dont need em,but i could use em,so how about sending those off in that nice new bow you made,hell i even pay the post ducks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 10-24-2019 11:20 PM

Incredible post Duck. All that and no use? I have some Shaptons that I visit every once in a while, but I know what you mean about a new method taking front seat. You use what works.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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BurlyBob

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#6 posted 10-26-2019 12:44 AM

Now look at what you have gone and done. I thought I had made a really nice box for my hone guide. You’ve just shown me a much need technique for all my specialty jigs and tools. Thank you very much. Using your techniques I’ll fell much more confident when I show off my stuff to guests in my shop.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 10-26-2019 09:01 AM

I humbly thank you all for your supportive feedback.

While I hear distant rumours that not everyone own a laser, I reckon that the concept of laminated 3mm and 6mm MDF… and 9mm, 12mm and 16mm for the trhrilseekers… can produce creations you could not imagine for boxes and jigs to acomodate all those weird shaped tools and jigs (not being jigged).

A scroll saw can make a fair laser impersonation.

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

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Hazem

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#8 posted 10-26-2019 07:18 PM

Great project.

I too am thinking of switching from diamond stones to a Tormek (or something similar). Can you comment more on that? I would use it mainly for plane irons and chisels.

Thanks.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 10-26-2019 11:23 PM


... thinking of switching from diamond stones to a Tormek (or something similar). Can you comment more on that? I would use it mainly for plane irons and chisels….
- Hazem
Haz’, I bought the smaller Tormek about 12 years ago… I used it extensively on my chisels, plane irons, axes, scissors, knives and that stubborn toenail… the big toe, left foot!

I made a reasonable impression on my original stone and required a new one after countless re-grading/tuning. It turned out that a new “non-branded” (actually it was a GMC after they bought out Triton) system was cheaper than a new Tormek wheel. Unfortunately, for your feedback, I bit the bullet and upgraded the Tormek to the T-7 (with all the bells and whistles… though I believe the T-7 is replaced by the T-8) ,

and is permanently mounted on one of my benches.
I finished up giving the “non-branded” one away (well unused at half price) and the smaller Tormek to a needy friend, though it was well used was still fully functional. However, I did try to see if it’s jigs fit the Tormek, which they did but nowhere to the tomek’s jigs tolerances… personally that speaks for itself.
On a mathematical evaluation… $900 for the Tormek vs. $300 for the other… the Tormek IS NOT 3 times better, however, it is much, much better and there is no in between products.
I have most if not all their jigs (some multi-purpose jigs duplicated and single purpose customised/dedicated),

including the large jointer blade sharpening jig and the drill bit jig,

I do have a Drill Doctor that I find quicker, if not easier, to use than the Tormek, however, it’s limit is 16mm and the Tormek makes minced meat out of my larger drill bits, of which I have a few and at $80+ not readily replaceable…
I have also ported the Tormek’s jigs to my grinder and use the jigs for quick shaping (note: NOT shaRpening),

One thing I will fess up to. The Tormek is a pig for re-shaping. I once wanted to change a 30° chisel to 21°… without a word of a lie, I spent over 4 hours on the Tormek and barely dropped 1° or 2°… after about 2 hours I was too pig headed to give up, about 1 hour later I was still determined, another hour or so I cried UNCLE... I even built a jig with rubber bands to hold the chisel and apply pressure while I went for a snooze. I eventually bit the bullet and went down to Bunnings (our local HF store) and bought the above cheap bench grinder. I moved the gig holder/arm to the grinder (eventually purchased dedicated holders/arms) and in a few minutes I had the desired angle. It was rough but was turned razor sharp on the Tormek in minutes (after the angle was pre-established).

The honing wheel gets heaps of use between touch ups. If you RTFM, the Tormek is a breeze to use and gives great repeatable result in minutes…

However, this is all at a cost. The problem is that most people do not consider time into the cost… they often claim time is free… bovine faeces, time (left on this earth) is ones most precious commodity and should not be discarded easily. I use that excuse to justify some of my extravagances and if that doesn’t work, I go through the missus’s wardrobe and look at that LBD (Little Black Dress), that no longer fits (as was initially purchased… I’m gonna suffer for that statement) and all those pumps waiting to be worn… and I manage to get that wet, warm and fuzzy feeling you can bestow on yourself wearing a wet suit, and no one knows (I’ll let you think about that one).

Now after all that crapolla, I believe that my Tormek is one of my better purchases and worth every $$$K.

PS. If you decide to bite the bullet… take a big chomp and go for the biggie!

PPS. You’ll still need the diamonds to appease the missus and for those oft setting of scrapers… you do use scrapers?

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

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pottz

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#10 posted 10-26-2019 11:56 PM

damn duckie will you adopt me,ill galdly switch my citizenship.i wanna be a duckling so much,think about ducks.(big grin)
ill confess though,my motive is just to have access to laboratory you call a woodshop.and hey i aint eating vegamite,thats a deal killer-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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