Plane Old Wood
 

Step #1 Building the Box

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I started looking for a project soon after internationals last year. I started by browsing projects on fine woodworking and a small portable writing desk caught my eye. I showed my dad and we contacted the man that built it. He said that he didn't have any plans for it because he had constructed it from a similar piece. From there we started researching variations. We found a site with over a hundred in many different forms. A tri-fold stood out to me because of its unique three opening lid and hidden drawers. Through the summer we worked on plans and tried to guess from the pictures how it was constructed. I started practicing cutting the joinery that was required. We started building a prototype out of poplar to identify problems, check overall proportions and practice the techniques required. We stopped when we had a complete shell, but stopped short of the small details.    http://hygra.com/uk/wb/wb106/index.htm

             It was now time to buy my wood and start the project. I chose mahogany and accented it with Wenge. I also used white maple as a secondary wood of the inner drawers because it has a good contrast. We needed some mahogany thick enough to re-saw to make the outside grain appear to connect all the way around. We found some 16/4 mahogany that was 11 in. wide and 6 feet long. This was enough to create the whole project out of the same board, ensuring that all the grain and colors matched. When we brought it home we let it acclimate in the shop for about five days.
1.       I cut the piece at 40 in. 

2.       I skim planned it in the planner to get a flat surface for re-sawing.  

3.       I jointed it to create a 90 degree side. 

4.       I sawed two pieces at an inch and an eighth to get the sides.

5.       I re-sawed two pieces at five-eighths to get the top and bottom.

6.       I was left with a piece that I was able to mill to a quarter inch for dividers and miscellaneous parts.  

7.       I clamped all the pieces flat on the lay-out table to keep them from warping and cupping, as re-sawed boards tend to. 

8.       I let them re-acclimate for several days then milled them to their final dimensions. 

9.       I put them back in the clamps until I was ready to cut the joinery and glue them up. 
10.   I cut the two sides for my case, taking care to cut one small side from opposite ends of each board, to make the grain line up around the box. I cut them with a sliding stop to ensure that all pieces were exactly the same.

11.   I then put it together with rubber bands to test the joints and see if the grains were matching. I rubbed mineral spirits on the corners to test it.

12.   I measured all of the joints from corner to corner. The box was dead square. 

13.   I cut two inches off of all the tops of the pieces to make the lid for my box. I did this on the band saw to get the smallest cut possible.

14.   I double-face taped the two short sides together and marked out the writing slope. 

15.   I double-faced taped a template along that line to ride against the fence of the band-saw, making sure to stop at the line... ooops! I'll figure out some way of hiding that. Suggestions?

16.    I split the top and bottom panels in half so i cold book-match them.

17.   I jointed the edges and glued them up.  
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18. I then began fitting the inside wall that would cover and hide my drawers. 
19. I planed the edge of the board to make sure it would slide in and out properly. 
20. I fitted the board and made sure to leave enough room behind it to allow the drawers to fit.  
21. I took my bottom panel and sawed it to size then used a hand router to cut grooves for my 
dividers.  
22. I made a bead over the inside edge of my desk top with a router. 
23. I began cutting my dividers with a 45 degree shooting board and hand plane.  
24. I also cut them to height with another straight shooting board. 
25. I fitted the dividers and sanded the top flush.




 
 
    Getting My Wood. 
    
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I started looking for a project soon after internationals last year. I started by browsing projects on fine woodworking and a small portable writing desk caught my eye. I showed my dad and we contacted the man that built it. He said that he didn't have any plans for it because he had constructed it from a similar piece. From there we started researching variations. We found a site with over a hundred in many different forms. A tri-fold stood out to me because of its unique three opening lid and hidden drawers. Through the summer we worked on plans and tried to guess from the pictures how it was constructed. I started practicing cutting the joinery that was required. We started building a prototype out of poplar to identify problems, check overall proportions and practice the techniques required. We stopped when we had a complete shell, but stopped short of the small details.              
                It was now time to buy my wood and start the project. I chose mahogany and accented it with Wenge. I also used white maple as a secondary wood of the inner drawers because it has a good contrast. We needed some mahogany thick enough to re-saw to make the outside grain appear to connect all the way around. We found some 16/4 mahogany that was 11 in. wide and 6 feet long. This was enough to create the whole project out of the same board, ensuring that all the grain and colors matched. When we brought it home we let it acclimate in the shop for about five days.

1.       I cut the piece at 40 in.

2.       I skim planned it in the planner to get a flat surface for re-sawing.  

3.       I jointed it to create a 90 degree side.

4.       I sawed two pieces at an inch and an eighth to get the sides.

5.       I re-sawed two pieces at five-eighths to get the top and bottom.

6.       I was left with a piece that I was able to mill to a quarter inch for dividers and miscellaneous parts.  

7.       I clamped all the pieces flat on the lay-out table to keep them from warping and cupping, as re-sawed boards tend to.

8.       I let them re-acclimate for several days then milled them to their final dimensions.

9.       I put them back in the clamps until I was ready to cut the joinery and glue them up.



 
 
For 2010 student convention I am making a Triple Opening Writing Box with adjustable reading stand. This is my second project. I am a writer so I am exited about this project.  Below is a link to one that I like and will use to design mine. I am working on a Sketchup plan now and  will post it when I am done. I would love to get some woodworkers to follow along as I build and give me some tips and trick. 

http://hygra.com/uk/wb/wb106/index.htm
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This is what I am shooting for.