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Box for 2021 plane swap

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 06-27-2021 04:55 PM 740 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the 2021 Plane Swap I built a low-angle infill plane and a spokeshave and I needed a box to hold everything. This is the box.

It’s fairly simple construction. A piece of red oak resawed in half to make the top and bottom, and a piece of walnut that was resawed in half to make the sides of the box. The bottom is simply rabbeted into the dovetailed sides, and the top got some bubinga veneer and oak sides so it would fit over the bottom of the box.

To build it, I cut the rabbets on the edge of the walnut, then dovetailed the walnut together. Then I trimmed the bottom piece of red oak to fit into the rabbets. Glued everything together and took it to the belt sander to clean up the outside edges of everything. I had one gap in the bottom which I filled with sawdust from the sanding and CA glue.

For the lid, I glued strips of the 1/8” thick bubinga veneer to the edges of the top, then resawed a scrap of white oak to make the sides of the lid and glued those to the bubinga. Headed to the belt-sander again and made everything smooth. Again, there were a few small gaps between the oak and bubinga, so I filled those with the sanding dust and some more CA glue.

Wrote on the lid of the box with a pencil, then gave it three coats of shellac. It offered another layer of protection to the plane and the spokeshave in case the post office was less than gentle in the delivery.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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pottz

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#1 posted 06-27-2021 05:21 PM

now your just showin off :-)

-- 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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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 06-27-2021 05:28 PM

Thanks, Pottz. Only problem is that the box was perfectly sized to fit a medium USPS flat rate box, but then the lid that went over the top made it about a quarter-inch too big for the box.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 06-27-2021 06:12 PM

This makes the two craftsman made tools all the more special in the swap, very nice indeed.

-- "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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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 06-27-2021 06:55 PM

Thanks, Tom! I enjoy making a quick box for whatever I build in the swap. Plus it’s kind of a palate-cleanser after he main build for a swap.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Eric

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#5 posted 06-27-2021 07:19 PM

That is a great little box for your swap items Dave. If I had the material I would have tried something like that too. But the plane was just a little bigger.

I just used a Cooks delivery box with all the peanuts.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 06-27-2021 07:29 PM

Thanks, Eric! Being something of a wood hoarder, all the pieces parts for this were leftovers from other projects. And I really hate packing peanuts, because in the low humidity here in NM, they’re almost as bad as a glitter bomb. I recently bought an HNT Gordon spokeshave, and nearly lost the blade for it because it was buried in packing peanuts, and fell into the trash as I was trying to see what else was in the box.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Eric

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#7 posted 06-27-2021 07:32 PM

Well it could have been boxed up in a big pile of shavings from a plane, someone did that to me recently. I had to move out the the porch before taking everything out of the box.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 06-27-2021 07:36 PM

Heh! I thought that was a pretty neat trick, though I wouldn’t have paid extra for the bigger box.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Eric

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#9 posted 06-27-2021 08:01 PM

It was a neat idea, and it made everything smell good to. Just not like pepper.

-- Eric, building the dream

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crowie

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#10 posted 06-28-2021 12:37 AM

Now that’s icing on the cake for the beaut plain you made!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 06-28-2021 02:32 AM

Like Crowie said it’s the icing on the cake. Nice way to compliment your sway project. Way to go Dave. I think I did that for someone also? Lol

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 06-28-2021 02:55 AM

Thanks, Peter!

Thanks, Dave! I do recall someone doing that, and I still use that box every day. it holds my watch, wallet and keys safely when they’re not on my arm and in my pocket.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 06-28-2021 02:59 AM

That’s pretty nice. I don’t see any of the walnut I sent you in there, do I?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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Dave Polaschek

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#14 posted 06-28-2021 03:01 AM

Thanks, Steven. Nope, the walnut in this is a little board I resawed in Minnesota and then didn’t use, so I moved it to NM. The stuff I got from you is still waiting for a project.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 06-30-2021 12:25 AM

Above and beyond – like usual! Great addition to your swap items Dave!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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