Another Box

Not much time spent in the shop over the weekend. I took care of some much-needed maintenance on the computer and changed a few things on my blog page. I think I’ve made the navigation here a bit easier. If you find otherwise, please let me know.

I managed to finish the carving on the sides of my oak box, but ripping the inch and a quarter from the top edge was a bit unnerving.

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But I prevailed! I just love this old No. 7 rip saw. The elm tote feels great in my hand. It is nice and heavy and cuts like a champ. Who needs a machine? LOL!

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Not too shabby, right off the saw. With just a few passes of a scraper plane, the edge was good to go. I cut rebates on the front and back pieces and made sure everything was good and square.

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I decided this was enough progress for one day. The pintle needs to be formed still, not to mention the till cut and fitted. Perhaps I’ll be able to get that far tomorrow.

Please let me know how you like the blog’s new look. Thanks!

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8 thoughts on “Another Box

  1. Dave Polaschek

    Looks good to me, especially on my phone. The comment box defaults to too wide for my screen, but a quick pinch-zoom fixes it, so it’s good.

    Good work on the box!

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  2. Mark Dennehy

    The sheer simplicity of the traditional joinery of those boxes still leaves me feeling like “hey, did I just cheat building this?” 😀
    I think I’ll stay with the joined chest design though – mainly because all the oak I have is flatsawn stuff and knowing my luck, it’d warp and split when I brought the piece in from the shed 😦
    At least with the joined chest design, that gets minimised in effect.

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      1. Mark Dennehy

        I know, but I still can’t shake it — I can be watching Peter Follansbee on his videos showing how the carving and the joinery and my head keeps switching from “this is incredible craftsmanship” to “this hack might as well be using a CNC!” fast enough to give me whiplash 😀

        In some ways it makes complete sense – if it’s the 17th century, you don’t have the urge to return to a “purer” form of woodworking, you just have the urge to get it finished because you have three more to get done 😀

        It just seems in the modern world to be right up there with pocket screws to just nail a box together like that 😀

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      2. Ron Aylor Post author

        Mark, please do not go outside for at least three days, despite clear skies. I do not want you to be struck by lightning. Using Peter Follansbee and “hack” in the same sentence is sacrilege!

        This joinery is the “pure” form of woodworking for the 17th-century. I really don’t think it had anything to do with speed. Construction technique(s) evolved over time.

        Aside from perhaps a drawbored mortise and tenon joint, the wrought iron nailed rebated butt joint is quite a superior joint. It takes an act of God to pull it apart! There are extant examples of this joint over 400 years old that are still holding strong. The nail, in and of itself, is key … this will NOT work with modern nails.

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