Scrap Boxes - September

glenn bradley

After the buffet, the blanket chest, and the jewelry cabinet I have a swell of scrap.
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I dig through and find enough pieces that will yield a given size of parts.

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I even lucked out on some birdseye for some of the tops.

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I find taking a pass or two with a hand plane saves me from any peek-a-boo saw marks showing up after assembly.

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I have 3 of one thickness and three or four of another. I try for repeated parts but sometimes the scraps drive the design. Therefor I do a dry fit on each variation.

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Side note -- If you don't want to go the whole hose-boom route this little clamp on hose/cable manager from Rockler has served me pretty well over the years.

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Another side note -- I had a senior moment. After working my fingers to the bone I suddenly realized that I had a variable speed detail sander available . . . Doh!

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I clamp a straight thing to an assembly surface for reference. I put tape at each joint and line up the parts. I add a dab of silicone rubber to each piece in the top and bottom groove for the floating . . . er . . . top and bottom.

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I add the top and bottom (in the right locations . . . don't ask) and add the glue to the miters.

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Roll the case parts up.

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And tape off the last joint.

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I don't trust tape alone at a certain size. These are borderline. I add some clamps. After an hour I glue up another box and move the clamps as I only have two sets right now. An hour after that I pull the tape on the first box and continue that sequence. I can adjust the tops and bottoms a bit to assure they are centered. Once the silicone cures they will stay centered over he seasons.

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I don't feel like sanding anymore right now so I may cut a top off and add the hinges on one. I will have to make trays and pulls for all of them as I go along. Plenty to do so I don't get bored and don't burn out on repetitious tasks.
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glenn bradley

Having out of town guests this week. Had to take some time off to dress up the house. Back at it this morning. Here's a batch of tops waiting for floating panel joinery. I do this at the tablesaw with a FTG blade.
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For whatever reason I didn't take a pic of the joinery but it looks sort of like this from another batch some time ago.
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We've all seen the top removal process but I will show it here just to make the thread more complete for future visitors.
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I take a pic like this every now and then . . .
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. . . just to let LOML know how much work I go through so she can rock her Christmas gifts.