Woodworking Project – Making Production Jewelry Bins


Makita RT0701C Some woodworking machines are merely created for production work. Simply because it takes several days to set them for those only 1 cut. Nevertheless, if you plan on which makes the same cut or joint time and again, a production machine would be the way to go. The greatest advantage here when using a production machine is repeatable accuracy with speed. Time is money and quality is everything.

In this article, we will take a look at the JDS Multi-Router, a costly but fairly compact stationary woodworking machine that could have a wide variety of joints including mortise and tenon, angled mortise and tenon, box joints and dovetail joints. The Multi-Router deployes router and various router bits in order to make highly precise cuts in wood. The joints are manufactured by a ball-bearing-tipped stylus tracking in aluminum templates that may mounted with ease to Muilti-Router. The workpiece is clamped on aluminum table that may move exhale, nearly everywhere and north and south, and which is controlled by 3 hand levers, one for each axis.

Movement along any axis can be stopped with clamping screws and collars incorporated into the Multi-Router. A particular cut might require which the machine be permitted to float freely in two directions and at the same time being restricted from any movement down the remaining axis.

As an example of precisely how the Multi-Router operates, I shall discuss anyone have acquired production runs of dovetailed jewelry boxes. The motivation to utilize a production machine is 100% pure and easy: If you do accurate, detail operate in a brief period of valuable time, you could possibly produce high-quality items in volume therefore earn more money and consequently more funds. You are also able to demand more funds for fine details like dovetailed corners.

Before getting started by having jewelry boxes, I actually had to determine what dimensions could work best, given the fact that I would be using a machine to make equally-spaced dovetails of one’s same size. I actually found that in fact i could make two dovetails within the corners regarding a jewelry box that measured 2 1/4high. Three dovetails have required increasing the height of one’s finished box nonetheless i decided that that dimension would not be as pleasing to the eye.

The next step involved stock preparation. The finished stock would need to be of consistent thickness and width to perform toward the Multi-Router. A specific project thickness would be to be 3/8when it comes to the jewelry box sides and top. The bijou box bottom would be to be 1/8plywood, covered by a velvet pad. The plywood bottom fitted towards a 1/8saw kerf, cut ¼above the lower of the inside wall of the jewelry box.

For economy’s sake, I chose to resaw three pieces each out of each bit of two” (8/4) lumber. Before resawing, I split 2lumber into pieces just slightly wider compared to the final dimension of double 1/4” (about 2 1/2“). I set the resaw to cut three equal pieces out of each part of raw lumber. I then used my SuperMax Drum Sander to thickness dimension these pieces all the way down to 3/8thick @ 220 grit. These pieces there then trimmed to final width (both edges) cooked saw. A specific project lengths of 12” (jewelry box fronts and backs) and 7” (sides) were then cut toward the miter saw with a Forrest ChopMaster blade that will leave a mirror-like cut.

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Toward the Multi-Router, one template is used to chop the tails with the use of a dovetail cutter and of course the other template is designed to reduce the pins with a straight spiral cutter. Setup takes a while and wastes some wood that’s why it’s advisable to have some cheap wood available of a given same dimensions and thickness like the final wood species. Table adjustments ought to be made upon the in/out axis to get the correct depth of cut which is then locked in position. A detailed manual is included when using the Multi-Router, and so i won’t remember to duplicate that here. Suffice it onto say that the work piece is clamped right into a fixed position on the costs and of course the left/right and up/down axes are left to float free while the stylus tracks each template. Experimenting will eventually give you a perfect correspond to your scrap wood and, once that has been achieved, you can start production upon the final work pieces. Tails can possibly be cut on both ends considering the jewelry box sides and pins on both ends of a given front and back pieces or vice versa, once you choose.

Now, it’s back into the table saw to reduce the grooves when it comes to the plywood floor. You will need to stop your cuts just less than surfing through the ends considering the work pieces. Mark pencil lines at the gathering saw table to show you where you can begin and where to quit. The objective is usually to lower the work piece into the saw blade which is set to 1/8above the table. Whenever the work piece hits the figures, it needs to be only a bit a step ahead of front stop line. Pull the work piece back to the stop line before pushing it forward towards the rear stop line. Stop the saw before lifting each work piece from the blade for reasons of safety.

The finished, dovetailed jewelry box pieces are pushed besides a certain amount of Titebond glue while inserting the plywood bottom into 1/8pre-cut groove. Clamp the box square for 35 to 50 minutes.

Box tops could be made oversize, sanded to 3/8@ 220 grit and after that trimmed to fit the jewelry boxes. The tops can be either overlay with hinges or inset with brass pins drilled straight into the back corners. After you have determined a last dimensions of a given top, you need to safely fit all of the boxes due to the accuracy of a persons Multi-Router-made boxes. I like to rout all corners of a given box and top by using a 1/8round-over bit before sanding.

Makita RT0701C The bijou boxes and tops ought to be sanded to not less than 220 grit utilizing a random orbital sander and by hand before finishing. I picked to spray on a gloss finish (catalyzed varnish). You may prefer something else. If you prefer to spray, I would like to suggest that you may prepare yourself to a lazy Susan (hardware parts available from Woodworker’s Supply).


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