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    Christmas Projects Startup - 2010

    I am starting up on items for Christmas in an effort to be prepared ahead of time. I managed to pull this off last year for the first time and it made those last hours before rushing off to a party so much more relaxed.

    I generally make 3 or 4 items and then LOML talk them over, pick 1 or 2 and I knock out a bunch. First off is a small slide top box which leads me to the "sac-fence on the sled as a box-joint-jig" routine.

    Setup your dado stack and make an initial notch in the sac fence. I used to use the stack at a "close enough" setting and then hand plane a key to fit. This time I set the stack more precisely and found yet another use for setup blocks.

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    Use another setup block to position the fence at a precise offset.

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    Clamp down the sac-fence and you're ready to cut.

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    The material positioning steps have been discussed many times so yada-yada-yada = test fit.

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    I used some scrap ash for the sides and the floating bottom panel (which is overly decorative; just goofin' with it). This is right off the saw / router table with no sanding or scraping so it is real rough.

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    I dressed it up with a scroll worked, sliding maple top.

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    Here's a little better shot if the scrollwork.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 06-13-2010 at 08:04 PM.
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    kudos glenn. Im just trying to get through next week.

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    Glenn

    Thats a real nice little box.. How did you chamfer all the little ends that stand proud of the sides. Really adds to the looks but seems very time intensive.


    Do you have a quick process?

    And the tops begs yet more questions...nice...

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    Great box and idea Glenn. You had me scratching my head on the use of the word sac for a moment.

    The scroll work cut out would make it possible to use this box for potpouri no? Although a few chocolates might be better.Mmmmm
    cheers

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    That's really nice Glenn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Foster View Post
    How did you chamfer all the little ends that stand proud of the sides.
    I put pencil mark about 1/16" back from the existing 90* edge to use as a "stop here" sort of mark. I then sand back to it (at least the edges I can reach) on the belt portion of a belt/disc unit.

    I sand the interior edges by hand. Not incredibly fast but the stock is only 3/8" thick so 3 or 4 strokes with some 220 gets the job done. I should have set something in the picture for scale, Overall dimensions are about 5-1/4" long x 3" wide by 2-1/2" tall.
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    CoooooooL box Glenn.
    Rob's idea of using it for poutpourri is great as well, you could even personalise them with the initials or the name of the eventual receiver cut out in the same way as the flower.
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    Hey Glenn -

    Bite the wall. I'm gonna start my Christmas presents on December 24th like man was intended to do. None of this 'planning ahead of time' garbage. Sheesh!
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    Great box Glenn
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