|It's a Start!|
Making one of a kind pieces is a joy. It allows me to select and lay out the wood to show it to its best advantage. If you're a woodworker you know that there may be hidden flaws or defects the show themselves only after you've begun to cut things out. For this project a piece of 8/4 Sapele was used which of course, called for re-sawing. One piece was cut into thirds to give me the 7/16" thickness for the sides while another was sawn in half to yield the top and bottom panels. I've seen quite a bit of talk about bandsaws and specialized fences for re-sawing but find that the old method I use is still effective.
|Checking for Drift|
Step two is to draw a line along the edge of the board on the table. This will be parallel to the cut you made.
|Can You See It?|
Step three is to align the fence with the line you just drew.
It's hard to see, but if you look closely the drawn line is just to the right of the fence. On my Jet bandsaw there are 4 bolts that can be loosened. This allows you to move the fence to make it line up to the line drawn on the table. You're now set up to re-saw the boards. Basically this is the amount of drift, for this kind of wood, with the tension currently set on the saw.
|Re-Sawing the Sapele|
Now that every thing is properly set up it's time to cut the material. The final step to the process is to run the boards through the thickness planer so they are the same thickness.
I have a good quality planer but it seems that no matter how carefully things are set up and adjusted a small amount of snipe is inevitable. You can see the snipe here, just ahead of the pencil.
|Snipeless -- Is That a Word?|
|Finger Joints on the Last Piece|
|Box Slotting Bit in Use|
This leaves a radiused corner which just so happens to be about the size of a quarter.
|Laying Out Corner Radius|
The function of this case determined my design process. The slot for the top and bottom is located 1/2" from the bottom of the case. The top and bottom panels are 7/16" thick so that means that the box sides will be proud of them so there's no chance of scarring the panels. To raise the panels a panel raising jig was used, this is my dedicated tablesaw sled that's set for a 15 degree cut.
|15 Degree Panel Raising Jig|
|Cutting the Flat Tongue for the Box Slot|
Looking forward to finishing this wood, that's when things really start to look good.