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A Mitre-BOO

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 12-29-2019 11:37 PM 606 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

On the bandwagon of my Woodpeckers aircraft grade aluminium love fest, I was hesitant to review these mitre clamp sets and thought I’d just brag about the box I made for them.

As always, ho-hum, designed in SketchUp

and battling the urge to laser cut, I decided to try out my finger-joint jig and the proverbial PVC/clamp glue-up…

Finding my fingers in joint, I carved a box out of 10mm pine… now that is a feat in itself…. growing 10mm pine trees!

Well it worked and I got a reasonable pine box. I have always had issues joining top box half to the bottom, I put a contrasting merbau “rim” around the join

which I thought looked flash… and so did the termites… hey just gagging… personally, I hated it!

Why “A Mitre-Boo”, rc may ask… rc, “Why a Mitre-Boo?”… pretending I heard him… when I designed the engraving for the box top I intended to call it A Mitre-BOX, however, the effigy of the mitre jig looked like a ghost image to me… add 2 + 2 together and even for large values of 2 you still get 4… DOH!

Finished…. and then put 3 lathers of tung oil on it… after removing the jigs.

How do you use it? You don’t unless you have a set, however, this is how I use it/them

Now I shall attempt not to condone my extravagance towards these jigs, however, another alternate in my arsenal are these end clamps by WP,

though not the pretty, pretty aluminium, but rather boring plastic!

File this under another one of the duck’s fantasies and save yourself the trouble of reading it!

PS. I posted this to prove that there is life for a box after MDF.

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





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Pjonesy

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#1 posted 12-30-2019 01:28 AM

Hey LBD next time you have to do proper dovetail joints just to test your skills and show us you can do it in the real trades man like way.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 12-30-2019 04:54 AM


.... proper dovetail.....
- Pjonesy

Sorry Pj, I’m a bird lover… I have the bruises on the back of my head from the missus to prove it!

Does this qualify as a non-standard finger joint?

In future I’ll refuse to disfigure myself just to appease you LJs.
Hmm, my nails need clipping…

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

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mel52

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#3 posted 12-30-2019 05:44 AM

Actually, a pretty sharp looking set-up. It’s something I may have to look into. Thanks for showing. I played a lot of sports in high school and college which also let me acquire many non-standard finger joints. LOL. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 12-30-2019 06:32 AM


Actually, a pretty sharp looking set-up. It s something I may have to look into.
- mel52

Hope you are not referring to that Fickled Finger Of Fate used to cast bent magic!

You gotta love aircraft grade aluminium to take full advantage of this offering… the jig, not the conifer Pinus genus. I don’t mind using it, but that’s cause I have it and would rate them at 4 to 4.5 if I had to do a review based solely on the results they achieve. However, there are far too many alternatives that do close to the same job at a tad minus shekels cost (that’s why I have avoided the review… based on value for money vs results achieved...).

It’s my avoidance of those common, garden variety, done by all to death, fancy, admired by all, difficult to execute, time consuming, can’t be done in ply or MDF, Aves Columbiformes plume abusive, dovetail joints that I am highlighting here.

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

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mel52

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#5 posted 12-30-2019 06:58 AM

Duck, I am just learning to do dovetails by hand, and they have a lot to be desired, ( but I am getting better ). I showed the wife my first try at them quite a while back and she commented that she didn’t realize you could cut something that small with a ” chain saw ”. I realize she was joking – I think – but it still wasn’t that funny. When she needs something repaired now, I just tell her I’m not good enough yet. I go ahead and do it because I still like to eat and other things. LOL. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 12-30-2019 08:03 AM

Pretty fine box for fine tool

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 12-30-2019 08:20 AM


Duck, I am just learning to do dovetails by hand, and they have a lot to be desired,... the wife… with a ” chain saw ”. I realize she was joking…
- mel52

Zounds like a SWMBO not to be messed with mel’... This is my first attempt at hand crafted dovetails….

it is for a case for an x-bow, circa 1981, that I could never cock now in my old age, and has enough woodfiller in the gaps to weight twice as much as the teeth in a chain-saw…. One thing I have learnt over the years is to spend those extra shekels and buy a reliable Leigh dovetailing jig,

that does a reasonable animal friendly dovetail… nyah, nyah, nyah Pj.

Thanks maj’...

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

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mafe

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#8 posted 12-31-2019 01:16 AM

Always makes me happy to see a man take care of his tools.
Fine box.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 12-31-2019 09:09 PM

Great job Black Duck and a well deserved top3 award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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