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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Success hinges on the hardware

Well this is it, the last episode of the necklace case project. There was actually a lot more wrap-up work than I realized, so I had to cram a lot in this one episode. I left out the process of attaching the bottom, but I essentially just tacked in a piece of MDF and lined it with self-adhesive felt. My client was very happy with the results, and promises to send me pictures of the case with the antique Native American necklace in place, and I'll be sure to share when she does.

On an unrelated note, I also got a chance to attend Fine Woodworking Live last week, and enjoyed seeing some stand-up comedy from Nick Offerman (or Ron Swanson of TV's Parks and Recreation), and also got a chance to sit down and record an interview with Asa Christiana, the editor of Fine Woodworking. You can access both videos from the projects section in the right hand column of the blog, or just by clicking here. So a little bonus footage this episode (and I wont' even charge you extra). Stay tuned for some fun new projects coming up (including a custom screen door that anyone with some basic tools should be able to build).

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Anonymous said...

Great job again Rob ! really looks nice.

How did you angle the velvet shelf ? was is sitting on cleats ? did I miss that ?


Rob Bois said...

Good question. I had to cut out a few of the more minor construction details to avoid having to split this episode into 2. But the shelf just sits on one cleat that's glued to the inside of the box back. It actually created a challenge for me in that I had to set the shelf in before tacking the bottom on the box, but it worked out fine.

Jeff Waggoner said...


Another great project. It was great to talk to you at FWW Live. Jalen and I had a great time.

Rob Bois said...

Great to meet the two of you as well. Jalen does some fantastic work!

Sandra (newbie) said...

That was a fantastic video. I'm new to your site. I really like the way you show me how to do all the fine points of woodworking. I'm off to take a look at more of your posts.

Marty said...

I enjoyed watching this video series.

For situations were you can't avoid glue squeeze-out, try using liquid hide glue. It's very strong, and can be cleaned up with water, even after it has dried. No scraping required. I use it when glueing up boxes, where I can't get to the inside until after I've cut it open.

Also, for retainer strips, traditionally they are butt jointed so that they can be removed without having to break them, as is probably necessary when using miters. But when you really want to use miters, just cut one of them in half, leaving about a 1/16 gap between them. That will allow enough space to remove everything without breaking anything.

Rob Bois said...

Marty, those are some great tips. I actually do have liquid hide glue in my shop, but I usually reserve it for projects where I need a little more open time. I'm usually really good about removing glue squeeze out as the glue skins over, but I definitely need to start using the hide glue more often. As for the retainer strips, I'll be working on a screen door coming up, and that tip may come in very handy.

Eric said...

Nice job Rob.
I enjoyed following with this build.

CNC Routers said...

Nice project (and pattern), Morton. I can’t wait to see the whole thing come together. Will this be going in your kitchen?