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    Boxes for Snapshots

    Just trying to keep the action moving along here folks . . . .

    Mom is 86. She acknowledges technology in all its glory but, when she is looking at photographs, she wants to hold the pictures. She enjoys the tactile link, she may have jotted a note on the back, she just likes the photographs better than a disc or a chip for her computer.

    I am making a couple boxes sized for the task to replace the shoe boxes she is perfectly happy using. I could have brad-nailed some pine together and she would have been fine with it but, I try to take advantage of these things to practice. These will be cherry and walnut with a nudge towards my old buddies Greene & Greene.

    I've shown how I do the fingers with a sled and setup blocks often enough so let's just say the fingers are cut. I use a tip picked up from Garrett Hack and mark with red pencil to indicate a "stop" line to shape toward (I use yellow on walnut).

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    I use files to chase up to the lines.

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    Then finer and finer grits on blocks to do the shaping that is along a common plane like the outside and faces of the fingers.

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    If I get it right, I end up rough shaped and I can do some other milling prior to final sanding, glue up and so forth.

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    The tops and bottoms will be floating panels so I need some grooves. Based on the way the fingers interlock I will need stopped grooves on the short sides and through grooves on the long sides.

    Running 3/8" material along its edge can give poor edge definition at the cut if you do not have good control of your material . . . now how would I know that . The Grr Ripper keeps my hands clear and gives me a nice big perpendicular surface to grip.

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    Stop blocks on the router table fence just like we all do for this sort of thing. Swing the board into the starting position, move through the cut till you hit the stop block and swing away. This is repeated on all short sides, top and bottom.
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    And theres the stopped grooves.

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    The long sides get through cuts so I 86 the stop blocks but, still use the push block for control and safety.

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    If everything has worked out correctly, when the short and long sides are joined, you have a continuous groove around the inside of the upper and lower parts of the box carcass to capture the floating tops and bottoms.

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    More to come once I get the floating panels shaped. . . .


    P.s. WOW, 13 views before I even got all the pics added. Get off the computer, get out to the shop and make some sawdust you guys
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    glenn, I have 3 router bits to cut slots and havent used one yet to cut dados for panels.(actually, I did on the curved rail on the TV unit, but that was it)
    Is there any advantage for cutting the floating panel grooves using a slotted bit vs using a upcut bit and holding the piece flat?

    I have to go out to the shop tomorrow and start cutting up sheets of plywood to make a cabinet to house some drawers, unmotivated to go out and deal with sheet goods. Its more fun watching you create something.

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    Those fingers are da coolness!!! Thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    Is there any advantage for cutting the floating panel grooves using a slotted bit vs using a upcut bit and holding the piece flat?
    Probably open to discussion Allen. I find I can move the material more easily through the cut with a slot-cutter when making a cut with the grain. The delicacy of an 1/8" spiral bit comes into play as well. For 1/4" and larger slots I generally use a straight bit and lay the material flat and ride the edge against the fence as you describe.
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    Glenn, you are right---Your mother will love them. First of all because she is your mother and second, because you do beautiful work.

    Hey, we still have the "Raindeer planter box" you made years ago out of construction lumber.

    Enjoy,

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    OK, let's not drag out the home movies . . . .

    I noticed that this conglomeration looks rather involved but, it really is just a matter of setting the fence and setting the stop block. For those who post the question at times; this is a use of the miter slot on your router table .

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    I use a wheel gauge to cut the fibers where the router profile will stop.

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    This yields a nice crisp edge with no (or at least very little ) burn, even along the end grain.

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    I have to go take care of some electrical work at LOML's. I hope to get back to this later today to fit the panels and get them in the clamps.

    P.s. My eternal thanks to Ned B. for his post about the little $3 white balance thingy (obviously I'm no photographer). The improvement in my pictures is very noticeable.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 03-27-2011 at 05:45 PM.
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    My last post on this was March??? Boy, did I get distracted. Anyway, I have one box in the clamps.

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    And I have a chance to try out one of my cheap-o macro add-ons for my camera ;-) Sixteen little square holes, pegs and plugs on each box. Here's a shot of a plug blank that I just cut to test sizing and a keeper that has been through the smoothing protocol.

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    These boxes are really an exercise for me to practice the square holes and plugs a bit to get my chops back. They'll find a good home at mom's though I imagine. I mean, has anyone made something for mom that she didn't at least pretend to like?
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