Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Bank For Cruz . . . Part 1

I was asked by a lady many of you know
as Trailbee to make a bank for her Grandson
Cruz. This is the finished bank above.

I don't usually do this, but I'm going to explain
exactly how I made this bank. The bank comes
from Grandma and these "How-To" posts come
from Odie ... Enjoy Cruz, I enjoyed making your

The first step, that is not pictured here, is to mill the wood to
the proper thickness. In the case of the banks, the sides are
3/8" thick and the top and bottom are 1/4" thick. When I cut
the sides to length, I cut them 4-5/8" long and 4-1/8" wide. One
of the reasons for this is when the top and bottom are attached
it forms a perfect cube. The other reason for this size is the
width of 4-1/8" fits this style of joinery perfectly. Each finger
of this "Box joint" is exactly 3/8" in width. 
 Above is how I make the fingers of the box joint. Looking at
this can be deceiving. There are 8 sides pictured here clamped
to the sled. The taller one pictured is a backer piece to prevent
chip out of the bank sides. These are 8 sides of 4 banks. The
other 8 sides are done later. They will be milled so that their
fingers fit between the fingers of these pieces. 
 There is a 3/8" router bit sticking up a little more than 3/8"
above the table. I like to make the joint ends "Proud" and
sand them smooth later. The sled rides on the fence and passes
the wood squarely through the 3/8" bit.

This jig pictured here is called an "Incra Jig".
 Cruz, here are all the pieces that make up your bank.
Here I'm dry fitting the sides to make sure they fit.

That's it for part one.


Supi said...

Amazing how it is done. It is fun watching your artistry and skills.

Dust'n Lint said...

Supi, I love opening your eyes. More to come.

Supi said...

You almost have me wanting to get saws, routers and other fun tools.

Dust'n Lint said...

Supi, If you can park your car without being distracted by a barking dog you can handle it. Start with the Table Saw. The most useful, but the most dangerous tool in my shop.