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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 05-07-2020 06:51 AM 740 views 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls

This bleeding C-19 can be costly amongst being haphazardly.

Had a doctor’s appointment and armed with a prescription I had an alibi for being out of confinement and as there was a tool shop virtually across the road, I decided to venture in.

Now for someone that already has 5 trimmers, 5 routers and a 3/8 in. shaft router, for a total of 11, you’d think he would buy a cordless drill to complement his 10 drills (only)… nope, he had to buy that unnecessary trimmer that when previously reviewed (yeah, he did read… ugh!), thought was nice but too costly for what it was. But then again, I never read (ugh!) about its plunge and offset accessory bases (that I probably would never use). Got sucked in and when unpacked at home it made an unruly mess scattered across my bench top. For once I missed one of those plastic containers that I always thought was a pain in the rrs… Damn it, this collection needed a box.

Visualising measurements and quickly migrating to using my fingers (on my calculator), I soon realised that I needed boards much wider than was available from my local timber merchant.

Looked through that scrap bin that everyone brags about and it certainly was scrap, without the S. Shit, I had to buy some timber. I will need to laminate...

Came back with what I thought I’d require,

and though there was heaps, quickly came to the conclusion that not much of it would hit that scrap bin.

The boards were reduced from 19mm to 14mm on my thicknesser, followed by a pilgrimage into my store room to set up my Frontline panel clamps.

I made a video of that process. A subtle condolance for those foolish enough to venture to view it…

The panels were cleaned up using my dedicated Rali glue plane,


The panels with the glue,

without the glue,


the swarf from the glue plane (both sides),

A quick pass with 150G, 180G and 240G on my ROS (no belt sanding required) and it was ready for dovetailing…

Next I designed a base using SketchUp to cut placeholders out of MDF on my laser for all the individual loose components using my MDF/dowel lamination technique.
Actually this process was done before the panelling, however, no-one was here to prove me wrong…
Laminated 3 layers of 6mm profiled MDF and a 3mm base board (no cutouts) ,

and tagged (engraved) all the place holders,

Using the dimensions of the MDF base’s dimensions, I made up a surrounding box using SketchUp,

Armed with the dimensions, the sides, top and bottom were cut out of the panels. The sides were dovetailed using my D4R dovetailing jig,

While lately I tend to avoid over prettying workshop paraphernalia, however, it’s just like those olden days when I was younger and went to the beach and got a moon-slap from the missus for not just watching the sand and the water, I inevitably had to wander off course. Made up a couple of picture plates using sketches out of the Milwaukee user manual,

Assembled the box

and this time with the belt sander leveled out the sides from the protruding pins and tails.

The initial design of the base provided a slot for the guide rods,

however, after the box was assembled (and the protruding dovetails sanded off), the base had to be doctored for fit. This was at the expense of the width and shaved enough off to prevent placement of the guide rods and spare perspex base.

To compensate, I fabricated a shelf inside the box near the top,


and a knob to hang the spare perspex base on,

and took care to ensure there was no conflict with the trimmer as it was close to the side of the lid.

Glued on the “plates” and added the hardware,

(changed design from shop made locking mechanism for metal)

Hardware removed for oiling… Just 1 coat of tung oil and 3 coats of wipe-on-poly… (with a brush).

Ready to be stowed after RTFMing how to use all the accessories. Plunge base is obvious, but the offset base gets little attention in that bloody manual… need to surf for some review videos,

decided to box it (pic #06).

PS. Close up of the Rali 220 plane that I affectionately reserve and call my glue plane,

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





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robscastle

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#1 posted 05-07-2020 07:43 AM

OMG here we go its dueling trimmer box time

-- Regards Rob

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anthm27

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#2 posted 05-07-2020 07:52 AM

Trimmer box competition, Victoria verses Queensland.
Who am I to judge.
Looks great,
Love the shirt better though.
Cheers
Anthm

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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robscastle

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#3 posted 05-07-2020 08:51 AM

Hey believe me I have been trying to get one of those shirts for many years

I might have to do a Winchester visit and “take whats mine”

-- Regards Rob

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Ivan

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#4 posted 05-07-2020 09:25 AM

I like the way you take care of your tools. Beautiful box joynery and decoration.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Redoak49

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#5 posted 05-07-2020 10:58 AM

Nicely done….could you provide a picture of your laser and the specs. I am looking to get one.and yours has great capability.

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oldrivers

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#6 posted 05-07-2020 11:28 AM

This is a very nice build, you are way ahead of the game, Great work Mate.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dutchy

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#7 posted 05-07-2020 11:56 AM

Meer dan een leuk doosje. Well done Alex.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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HokieKen

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#8 posted 05-07-2020 12:28 PM

Man LBD you sure do make a fella jealous with all your toys! I don’t mean the laser, the Festool, the Milwaukee or the Leigh jig. I mean your glue plane!

That’s a really nice new home for that router :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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stripit

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#9 posted 05-07-2020 12:32 PM

Hi. You need to go back to that doctor, you have routeritis. Keep up the good work.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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HokieKen

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#10 posted 05-07-2020 12:34 PM

BTW, why does Milwaukee need a trim? Has it been under stay-at-home orders without a barber for too long?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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GR8HUNTER

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#11 posted 05-07-2020 01:49 PM

i do love this idea of have such a fancy box for all these GR8 tools also love the artwork on this one the pencil dude looks nothing like you thou love the video GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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pottz

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#12 posted 05-07-2020 02:17 PM

ok you win there is no way i can compete with your lazers and cnc machines,that box takes the prize.i may have to get a cordless trimmer though,would be real nice to ditch the cord.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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anthm27

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#13 posted 05-07-2020 10:43 PM

DT 3 and standing by for Judges final decisions.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 05-07-2020 10:53 PM

Thanks Redoak, mine is a Trotec Speedy 100 30 Watter.

It has a Trotec Atmos filter attached top it…

While you can attach a woodworking dust extractor, this one is designed to minimise the noise and harmful vapor level in a confined space. This permits me to operate the laser out of a spare bedroom, however, for a fully production/commercial usage, I would have moved it outside the house.
It is over 10 years old and lasers have improved significantly since then and the shekels are more generous on the wallet.
My laser has a capacity of 200mm x 600mm x 305mm and sports a rotary attachment,

At the time, I purchased this higher end one with the intention of setting up my daughter in some sort of business. Unfortunately she lost interest about 1 week after I took delivery and consequently I had an expensive hobby laser on my hands.


Meer dan een leuk doosje.
- Dutchy
素敵な箱以上のもの..... Dutchy that isn’t any clearer in Japanese.

Hey Hokie, it’s the Frontline clamps that I was hoping people would be droooooling over… the glue plane was just eye candy to challenge if bandit571 had one.

PS. Haven’t had it long enough to grow even a 2 o’clock shadow.

stripit... I’m trying to catch up to a friend of mine who has over 20 routers… he always buys the bargain basement ones when on sale and dedicates a separate router to his common used router bits… he’s a master craftsman, so not as crazy as how his missus dresses him.

Thanks for the video comment GR8’... Those Frontline clamps have been a testament that good tools can quickly return the cost. I normally operate on a pro-bono system, however, I bought them at a time when people were paying over $100 for panels that I can make out of about $10-$20 materrials and about 1/4 time of “traditional” clamps… and they required bugger all touchup… a few passes with a ROS. When it came to large “exotic” panels (walnut, wenge, huon, zebrawood)... they were priceless.


.... i may have to get a cordless trimmer though,would be real nice to ditch the cord.
- pottz

Haven’t had a chance to put it through it’s paces yet (I have 10 other routers/trimmers to test first), however, from a few test cuts it is bloody powerful for a trimmer, let alone cordless, and can see it heading for a 5 star review… though I had to sell off some NASA laboratory assets and a few bills from rc’s “lost” wallet, to get the shekels to pay for it.

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 05-07-2020 11:02 PM



DT 3 and standing by for Judges final decisions.
- anthm27

Hey antman you can fly my glue plane a few circuits around the farm for a vote… and I’ll throw in a few circuits of my router plane for a rc destined donkey vote….

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

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