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A nice day in the shop today. I cut slots in the box sides for the sliding lids and planed the stock for the lids. I also milled and cut the bottoms to rough size.




Each box gets a lid of a different exotic species of hardwood. Left to right, they are: canary wood, lace wood, zebra wood, and wenge.

Correction: it turns out the lacewood was misidentified at the wood monger. It’s actually leopardwood.
 
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Having received a new 1/8” spiral bit on Friday, I milled the slots in the sides to accommodate the bottoms. I trimmed the bottoms to final size, and cut a rabbet on all edges to fit the slots. Then I started to glue them up.

Things went poorly for the first one. I glued one side in upside down and didn’t notice until the glue had set past the point of no return. Scratch one box. Jackson’s will have to come later. The remaining three went well. However, the next time I make finger jointed boxes, I think I’ll use liquid hide glue for the extra open time. I felt a bit harried trying to get glue on all the mating surfaces before it set too much. Next: milling the lids.

 

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The first of the three ready for finish. After final sanding, I tacked off the dust with some mineral spirits, which also suggests what it will look like when finished. This one is to be for Rufus, an orange tabby who was the first to leave us at the house in Peters Creek. I chose Canarywood for the lid because, well, it screams “orange tabby” to me. The small knot is a bonus that suggests a cat’s eye somewhat. Next will come Pippin’s and Abigail’s.



 
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Now that I've got the folding table off the honey-do list, I'm working on another favorite passtime... 20190111_003941.jpg
As @NavyJC(RET) was so kind to send his ashtray with cigars to test the tray with, I'm working on a couple blends to see what he may like...20190106_160424.jpg
Did I mention, he kicked my ass in that delivery? All of these are new to me smokes, I'm stoked to fire them up.
Thank you @NavyJC(RET) !
 

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Organizing the shop in 2019. Here’s a progress pic of the hand tool wall I made. Still have a few more pieces to add to it.
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I also made a few tablesaw jigs (better crosscut sled, mitre sled, and a spline sled) and a scrap wood bin.
There is something so satisfying about organized tools
 

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Also, because it was flipping cold outside (11 degrees) this weekend, I had to leave the garage doors down. That meant I was swimming in a sea of fine saw dust so I had to wear my ninja mask. My wife and daughters laughed at me every time they came out to the garage.

...and yes, my wife said I looked like Bane. haha!

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Nice tool storage! I’m quite a ways off from my vision of shop organization.

I was milling some redheart for the current urn box project. I cut a piece down to size and rather than set up the jointer, I decided to joint one face by hand before running it through the planer. Since I don’t have a standard bed jack plane, I got out the trusty #6 and got it done in pretty good time. After planing it to thickness, I hand jointed one edge and took it to the table saw to rip it to width.

This is when I had a DOH! moment.

I looked at my fence scale cross eyed and instead of ripping it to 3-1/2 inches strong, I made it a little over 3-3/8” wide. Fortunately, the blade left a glue-ready edge so I glued it up and threw on some Kreg face clamps to keep the edges aligned. I just took it out of the clamps and scraped one side to check the joint. It looks nigh on invisible so I won’t have to mill a new piece tomorrow.
 

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Over the last couple of days, I wrapped up the urn box for my mother’s ailing pooch:



I may just have to make a batch of these and see if there’s any interest on Etsy. But I don’t think I’ll offer any with redheart lids like this one. Similar to padauk, the sanding dust tends to stain the maple.
 

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Today, I finished a quick (for me) and simple project: a picture frame.



The Wife and I bought these prints from a local artist during our day trip to Talkeetna last summer. I had the mat and glass cut to my specifications then made the frame to fit. The primary wood is sapele, with maple miter splines. The finish was boiled linseed oil, Sealcoat, and satin spray lacquer.

Unfortunately, the lighting doesn’t do the sapele justice. The grain shimmers when your viewing angle changes, with light bands turning darker and vice versa.
 
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