Working with recycled timber #85: Finishing the Potato Crate models

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 05-05-2018 03:42 AM 2242 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well after a delay due to not knowing how to proceed with the metal retaining angles I had to put the job on hold.

After searching high and low for suitable material I by chance found some material close to what I wanted in my local ALDI store.

I brought it home and set about finding somebody that could cut the metal to the size I needed.
I had no such luck in finding anybody so the project got shelved for some time.

Well its now May and I have decided that I could cut the angle on my combination saw.

So I set up some jigs and got my Einhell Drop saw out, dusted it off and checked the manual, sure enough the saw with its current blade was supposed to be able to cut metal plastic and also wood.

So I thought I would see what it could do.

Sure enough it would cut steel if you were careful.

This is a shot of the angle before and after “ripping” it to the size I wanted.

I then drilled holes in the angle and screwed them onto the crate.

Job complete, at last. ...

In closing does the subject of cuting steel on the saw interest you ? and want to know the pros and cons of doing so?

I could do a blog on the process, its quite interesting and can be done if you have a universal type saw and, like me, never considered doing it before.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 05-05-2018 03:56 AM

That looks pretty good to my eye Rob.

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

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#2 posted 05-05-2018 04:04 AM

Rob, this potato box sounds like the kind of quest i would expect you to take on, being the Sir Edmond Hillary of woodworking. Building a potato box sounds pretty normal if you have spent the past two weeks building a spoon, a ukulele hanger, a set of sticks to make bells ring, and designing and building a leather strap for a ukulele.

I always enjoy seeing what projects you come up with and how your mind works as you solve the problems that the projects presents. Keep creating and keep posting

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 05-05-2018 10:32 AM

Too nice for Tatters.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 05-06-2018 05:54 PM

Who knew ALDI also sells such things as metal. Great project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 05-06-2018 08:28 PM

Thanks Guys !

Crowie: even my wife was impressed when she saw them.

Boxguy: Thanks, a few delays and setbacks but no frostbite! coiling the ropes up for next challenge, “The Spline”

hunter 71: Yes agree posssibly a good desk organiser!

NormG: The things you find following the wife pushing a shopping trolley in an ALDI store, I even saw a 3D printer one day! makes one pay more attention when shopping.

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 05-06-2018 09:22 PM

Looks like a real Tank of a box!

HF has a metal cutting saw… like a wood cuttoff saw…
Either that or mounting a metal cutting band saw blade onto a band saw(??)

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#7 posted 05-07-2018 07:59 AM


Rest assured I considered the bandsaw, along with the jig saw, friction blade in the angle grinder as well.

I thought, (incorrectly I might add) that in this day and age we could have Quality Commercial Guillotines that could do the job.

The bandsaw and Jigsaw although I had blades that would do the job I was concerned I would have to linish the angle straight after cutting it to get the edges correct.
The cut off friction blade I considered but also discounted due to excessive heat build up and raggedy edges.

As it turned out I still had to remove the sharp edges, so I guess I could have done it ages ago.
Oh well thats a woodworker for you!

-- Regards Rob

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