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I am NOT "Totally unhinged".

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I am NOT "Totally unhinged".Boys and Girls,For those that are getting sick and tired of my posts, blame LRM (LeeRoyMan) and PM him your abuses.
He had the audacity to challenge my unused router bits in one of my previous posts which compelled me to investigate. I slowly recalled that my purchase of an Incra Hingecrafter jig

also made me invest into a set of Whiteside Half-round Bits

making some of my individual bits redundant.
Having terminated my forensic investigation on this Mandarin Countersink Box that I fabricated not that long ago,

I concluded that a quick write up on it may be in order.
No, it's not a box for mandarins and can be observed that its too small for a Chinese man, but rather a box that reads from right to left in Chinese hanzi tradition.A few years ago, out of desperation, I bought some cheap countersink bits from Bunnings ($30 or so a set of 5) that were simply a bucket of shit

I promptly ordered some TCT tipped countersinks with tapered drill bits from ToolsToday (a Yankee outlet) and when they arrived, I thought they'd be an ideal candidate for a box.A basic finger joint box was designed using SketchUp,

and Corel for the box engraving, using the PINEWOOD font,
Before it got off the drawing board, the Hingecrafter jig I impulsively ordered for no other reason than it might be handy some time in the future, arrived and the brain went into overdrive and considered a wooden hinged box for the new countersinks.With this change of tack, I RTFM'd and started the hinge making process at the router table taking full advantage of my Using my Incra LS positioner's features. The hinges were trimmed to specifications, the appropriate dia. Jig setup and the holes drilled using the long 1/8 drill bit that came with the kit.

Tried a test fit,
Unfortunately at the time, my camera was not an integral part of my woodworking progress so there are no pictures of the box making process and you'll just have to believe what I type that follows is the truth and nothing but the truthThe box was made out of pine with a construction revamp. As per the original SketchUp design, a rotating bit holder was made, engraved, white wood-putty filled and inserted,
Used a pair of rare-earth magnets to keep the box closed.
The frustrating part of this build was that these countersink bits are now also redundant once I upgraded my countersink set to these,
The box now just gets lost in the annals of the workshop and accumulates sawdust.



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Summer Boxes

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Summer BoxesHere are a few boxes i made this summer. I made 3 jewelry boxes with sliding trays. Picture #3 shows the inside of the box in picture #4. – The fourth picture is Mahogany with Maple splines and inlays. – The fifth picture is Aspen with Canary Wood inset in the lid and Mahogany splines. – Picture 6 is Cherry with Canary Wood inset in the lid and Maple splinesI made 4 small. open boxes out of scraps created when I practiced cutting miters. After I cut the miters , I used the scraps to practice resawing on my band saw. I did not want to toss the scraps so I made some open boxes out of them.



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Band Saw Cabinet

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Band Saw CabinetShort version: This is roughly a 24” x 24” x 16” cabinet I made with two drawers to put my Craftsman 12” band saw on. It is made of maple plywood with maple trim. The drawer faces are maple plywood with edge banding. The bottom drawer has dividers for blade storage and the top drawer is just a band saw spare parts crap catcher. The mobile base is a standard Rockler DIY kit.Longer version: I build this for two primary reasons.
1 – I absolutely hate x loathe the angled metal stands that come with many tools. They seriously drive me crazy with their odd shape and uselessness other than holding up a tool.
2 – I like to keep all the “stuff” for a tool at the tool so I'm not taking several trips around the shop for a blade change or fence setup.You may be wondering why this is made of expensive maple and maple ply. Well the answer to that is my dad is semi retired and runs a Home Depot tool rental department. A contractor brought back a damaged sheet of maple ply and a bunch of 1×4s that were twisted or had ugly grain. I guess they were doing a custom built something or other and none of the materials they returned passed muster. I got everything for about 30% of retail so figured why not use it all as practice pieces.The cabinet is basic 3/4 ply carcass and face frame with some extra top and side supports. I built 3 more face frames to trim out the sides and back. The top trip is a basic picture frame with some oak dowels to reinforce the corners. This was a rather challenging thing for no other reason than it was that one project that fights you the whole way.The full extension ball bearing slides were cheap ones I got off Amazon and had to wait for shipping from China. Like bonehead I didn't double check their measurements before building the drawer boxes. Well the slides are about 17/32” instead of a true 1/2” so I got to build drawer boxes twice. Good practice for me. Unfortunately I rushed the second set and the top drawer is not quite square now. After two sets of drawers and it being a shop piece I'm calling it good.I learned the hard way I don't like my battery powered trim router for some tasks. It's a little top heavy and i gouged the face frame. No big deal just make a trim piece and hide the ugly.
And while I was at it I never really liked the dust collection on this band saw so I used the factory metal bracket but built my own adapter. I epoxied one of those awkward crevice tools for a shop vac to the my custom braket.
Next step will be adding a 4” port to the bottom wheel cabinet opposite corner of the motor. I know its a lot of work for a 12” band saw but upgrading is out of the question for the time being so why not make what I have something I enjoy using.



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