Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Bank For Cruz . . . Part 3

 After the side glue up has dried, it's time to glue
a couple of small pieces of pine to accept the screws
that hold on the bottom.
Back at the beginning, I'm cutting the pine strips
on the table saw.
 Here's what the strips look like before they're glued in place.
 After the pine strips are glued in, it's time to glue on the top.
Still with me Cruz? The glued top has now dried and it's
time to attach the bottom. I drill holes through the bottom
into the pine strips. I then attach the bottom with screws.

Do you see how all of the fingers and top and bottom edges
are "proud" of the sides? This means they stick out just a
little bit. This is so when I final sand everything will be flush
and pleasing to the eye.

More Parts to come.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Bank For Cruz . . . Part 2

I thought I would show you what it Looks like when
I put the other fingers in the box joint. The others had
the notches on the edges and these do not.
 One more view of the Incra Jig.
And let's have a final view. The jig has positive stops every
1/32 ( that blue strip is like saw teeth ) of an inch, 
and I can also dial in 1/1000 of an inch. 
 Above, I'm getting ready to put the slot in the top 
for Cruz' savings. There is now a 1/8" bit in the router
sticking up just a little more than 1/4".
The edge of the top rides against the fence and is stopped
by the two stop blocks that are mounted on the fence. This
allows me to put the slot right in the middle of the top.
I've just glued the sides together and when it dries, 
I'll glue the top on. See you in Part 3.

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.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

First Show of the Year (part 2) ... Lake Tahoe

 Early morning in Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe.
 This is the walk way where we were. Our booth is
the one with awning over the walk way. The sun you know.
 The afternoon at Kings Beach. Check out the boat
pulling the parachute.
Our booth from the left side.

We will be in Homewood on the west shore
of Lake Tahoe from 7/4 Thursday to 7/7 
Sunday. It is about 20 miles north of South
Lake Tahoe on Hwy 89. If you click on the
Dust'n Lint banner on the upper sidebar, you
will be transported to our web site where our
schedule resides.