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some months ago I used a big project to purchase a couple of pricey tools one was a milwaukee 18 volt circular saw. The weight took some getting used to as I was used to the old school heavy grade worm drive skillsaw. SO I've been using the thing. I gotta say I am really impressed. The prior experience I've had with cordless has all been bad. No power what power there is is fleeting and the batteries run down. They were awful so I didn't buy any. But I'd been reading lately that things have really improved. So I got one. Just one. The saw and two batteries ( two because I still didn't have faith that they had any staying power) and the charger. Well I ended up never using that second battery but one time. The thing is rugged and powerful. One time I ran the battery down on a single job. I was cutting 6" wide dados in several 6 x 6 in beams to use as interlocking joinery. I sliced hundreds of cuts and then used a chisel to make the dadoes. Other than that one time I've never run a battery down. I never noticed any flagging of power in the tool. So now I guess I'm sold on cordless. So I just got a milwaukee half inch drill / driver. And playing with that a little I am very happy with the tool's capability and power.
Well, had the one pine scrap with a groove along the bottom edge, much like the side of a drawer......hmmm, these would normally get a dado at one end, to house the back of the drawer. Sooo Off to the shop! I grabbed a 1/2" wide cutter. reset everything on the plane, more or less. Pulled the spurs/nickers....one needed a few trips along an oil stone. Both are as sharp as I can get them. Installed with the cutter lobe down. Set the 1/2" cutter into the main stock. Waxed everything on that side of the plane. Slid the sliding stock over, to the edge of the cutter... I had both depth stop lowered...only need the one. Set the fence about a 1/4" or so from the cutter. Another look? You can see how the spurs stick out. Now, as with any plane that uses spurs/nickers...the first three or four passes, you are pulling the plane backwards. That allows the nickers to cut the grain's fibers, and makes for a better edge. Once that is done, then try a forward pass, or two, to check on how the iron is cutting. Use as shallow a cut as you can.... On the drawers I make, I usually clip the corners, more to aid in installing a drawer into a case. yep, I get those chipouts when cutting a dado here with other tools. One has to keep the fence tight against the edge, or the cut will wander around a bit. You can add a strip of wood at the far end of the dado, and let it blow out instead of the "good" part of the wood. Takes about as long to cut one dado, as it does to set up the plane, but, once it is set up, you can do an entire run of drawer sides, without any fussing around with the plane. Not too bad. Those clipped corners? I can either cut them with the bandsaw, or, my "new" mitresaw... Finally have the Stanley 358 set up in it's new home. Had to move things a bit closer to the front edge......that be a LONG saw sliding around there. Next time? Well, this plane also does Fillister work. I don't really need any sash work. As for slitting....meh, we'll see. 7 planes in one.....I have done..Match, Groove, and Dado so far. I just might get used to this little plane..
Hmmm, the "plan"? Somedays, I DO have to write things down....wore out the pencil, I did. needed a new tool in the Dungeon Shop, too I can leave this one down in the shop. Ripped a few boards to size.. This was after I'd planed that bevel on the edge. had to match the end pieces.. Yep, two of them, one for each end. Checked for fit... Ok, next up, some sort of joint to connect these parts? Dovetails? Well, tried to find my "normal" saw...MIA, guess the "Cleveland" saw will just have to do.. Cutting tails first....oops, oh well. Normally, I cut pins first, easier to mark out the tails that way, But, I cut the pins second on this corner.. Not the greatest. Put the two halves together, and saw a few gaps.. Ok, let this sit for awhile, need to find the correct saw for this job, and go back to cutting pins first....finally found the wayward saw! Hiding in the shavings under the bench? Cleaned it up and got back to work A clone of a Disston No.4 backsaw, 9ppi, filed rip. Wax theteeth and plate up, we have wood to saw.. Pins all marked. Bevel gauge was set to the angle of the dovetail. I'll saw to the line, just about splitting it. Then those chisels laying there got put to work.. Chop down halfway, then flip over and finish it up. Stand this end up onto the tail board, and mark a few more lines. Take the "tail board" to the bandsaw, sawing to the waste side of the line, leaving the lines. back to the bench, chop out the waste...I even left the lines! Put the two together, didn't even need a mallet! You can even just make out the black pencil lines. Repeat all of this two more times. All four corners are now together? There are some markings going on there? Ah, yes...this tool box will have a center divider. Goes from the middle up and over the peak...laid out for two stopped dados, one on each end Simple to do, dig out the starter hole at the far end, backsaw for the sides, chisel out the 3/8" deep waste. Repeat for the other end. Grab the 1x6 divider board, mark out for the notches, I need it to be a bit above the ends, as the lids will rest against the divider. Test fit all of these parts.. Ok, so far, so good. Now, I need to find the Gumption to do this glue up. Hoping I have enough hands and clamps. Til then, I'll set the box over on the base... Might take a couple Mountain Dews? That beveled scrap laying there? I'll use that to mark the lids. Board on the bottom will get ripped, and beveled to make the lids. It will be beveled at the top and the hinge edge. More hand plane work. I think I had better go rest up....might be a LONG day, tomorrow...