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Jim Harvey

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  1. I'm producing boxes based on a Woodwright's Shop episode on sliding lid boxes but now mass producing them on the table saw. I turned in 136 wooden boxes last year to the annual Dupage Woodworkers Club charity toy drive. This is what I am making for 2018. These particular two boxes made for the Beads of Courage project.
  2. Do some research first. Some of those King Seeley saws (I have two, a table saw and a 3 wheel band saw) have non-replacable bearings.
  3. Somebody left two slabs of half inch Butternut on the free table at the local woodworkers club. I turned them into two more boxes. These are sized for pencils (7 3/4" inside). Put Minwax Chestnut stain on one, did not work out very well. The plain box in Watco natural is beautiful though, and smooth as the proverbial babys butt. This is a detail shot of the walnut splines. Wiktor Kuc has ported my blog on constructing these boxes to his woodworking web site. http://www.wkfinetools.com/wWorking/elevenGBox/elevenGBox-01.asp
  4. Roy Underhill has a serious WF Barnes jones and uses this mortiser in one of the "Woodwrights Shop" episodes. see http://video.pbs.org/video/2263882759/ And another one I can't find. He said the machine was difficult to set up.
  5. A is the way you hope it turns out, no apparent stress in the wood. Core is at same moisture content as surface B is Reverse Case Hardened, the Kiln operator has overcompensated for normal case hardening at the end of the drying cycle. C is a Case Hardened board, the outer layers dry first, then the larger core drys and tries to shrink, putting the outer layers in tension. Is normal in a Kiln that dries wood quickly. Normally removed at the end of the dry cycle by admitting some steam into the Kiln. D Is normal shrinking of flat sawn wood when it is dried. Outer layers shrink more than inner layers causing the board to cup.
  6. Mark, probably 3/4 of my tools came from yard sales or estate sales. Have seen that Flea Market on TV, would love to go there.
  7. I mostly use the 45 as a plow plane. I've tried to use the beading cutters with limited success. I think Roy has only used them as a plow (grooving) tool also with the exception of the single bead he did in this season's Iron/Wood smackdown http://video.pbs.org/video/2365021501/ I have all the original cutters except for the slitter blade. Spent quite a bit of time last year learning how to sharpen the hollow blades with sandpaper. Made nice boxes for both 45s too: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wb8nbs/sets/72157625592042661/
  8. It's my Ham Radio call sign.
  9. I have an eight. I prefer a six in my shooting board. I've restored a dozen or so planes, it's very satisfying. They seem to multiply by themselves, if you put two of them in a drawer in a few weeks there will be four or five. Scientists should look into that.
  10. I do have a photo of most of the planes. I think all except the big #six I use on a shooting board. Left to rignt, Stanley 45 with half inch cutter, Stanley 45 with 1/8" cutter, A wooden Dado plane modified with a homemade fence set to cut 1/8 rabbit, Craftsman low angle block plane made I think by Miller Falls, Stanley #18 block plane, Stanley #4 with Hock blade, Stanley 5 1/4 with Pinnacle blade. Below is a Stanley 95 edge trimming block plane, miller falls rabbit plane #85 I think. For more details see the Wordpress link above. Finish is outlined on the blog as well. Is Watco natural.
  11. Know what you mean. Big advantage: If the strip fits tight you can dry fit the whole thing as a unit if you have to tune the miter angle. Roy's method removes the strips (mark them first so you can put them back in same place DAMHIKT) then glue them back in after the box is cut open. You do have to reduce the height of the strips to account for the box opening kerf width. Which is easy to do with (Ahem) a hand plane. I posted a photo of some boxes in the Hand Tool Forum. These two made from leftovers would make good ring boxes https://secure.flickr.com/photos/wb8nbs/9372224458/ About half the boxes I made last year I could get the lid to fit both ways. Initially I did not realize how critical it is to have the opposite side pieces EXACTLY the same length or the box comes out skewed and big lid problems. I cut the opposite side a hair or two long then tune to length on a crude shooting board. Those guys making boxes with hinged lids don't have to worry about this.
  12. Roy is my hero. You could use the 11 groove method with a table saw. Make the grooves first, press fit the strip into the groove so it gets cut along with the side piece. You get nice fitting mitered corners on the strip as well as on the box sides. I always end up sanding or planing the sides of the strips a bit after gluing them in or the box lid fits too tight. Extra credit for accuracy if the lid still goes on when you rotate it 180 degrees.
  13. Some of the box material was resawn with a good old Disston rip saw. But I had trouble with that as the Cherry I have is cast off wainscoting that was milled to only 11/16. For the splines to be effective, the sides need to be minimum 3/8", the top and bottom at least 1/8". My ripping was not accurate enough to reliably result in that kind of stock so for most of the boxes I resorted to resawing part of the way on a table saw and finishing with the Disston. Underhill starts with prepared stock also and since it's 3 1/2" I'm bettng he got it from Lowes. Now I'm thinking about making one of Tom Fidgen's kerfing planes. He's getting 1/8 veneer reliably. I think most of my problem though is too much set in the rip saw. The kerfing plane would also be perfect at marking where the box lid is sliced off. Bad Axe Toolworks is selling the parts. I have a wooden plow plane I might be able to remove the skate and install a Bad Axe blade. Being afflicted with a bad case of CRS syndrome, I make lots of notes and photos during a project so I can recall what I did the next time. Some time ago I started keeping those notes on Flickr and Wordpress which for the box project resulted in this obsessive Blog: http://wb8nbs.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/the-eleven-grooved-box/ I'm kinda proud of the jig that makes it easy to cut the spline grooves accurately. That's the part Roy says his students have the most trouble with, and after several attempts doing it his way with my 45 I agree. Long live the Stanley 45!
  14. Hi, new to this forum. Have been working on restoring hand tools and developing skills for a couple of years. Thought you might be interested in a project from last year. These Eleven Grooved Boxes are made, with the exception of preparing the original stock, entirely with hand tools. A big Stanley miter box, planes 4, 5 1/4, 18, two 45s, and a round side 606. Love them all.
  15. That's the box lid technique Roy uses in my favorite episode: http://video.unctv.org/video/2263884494/
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