Saturday, January 9, 2016

Small Scale Carpentry

  If you like wood, you use wood where other people would use leather or plastic. In fact I really like leather but have not taken the time to learn the techniques or acquire the tools. That being the situation, I use wood to solve problems.

 Yesterday a friend came around, we chatted, drank coffee and made a protective case for his fancy magnetic clip-on sun glasses.

  Making the case took a cup of coffee and an hour's causal work. First we gathered up some Baltic Birch plywood, and a bit of oak for the sides. There was cutting on the band saw and the mitre saw too. Next glutting and clamping with clothes pin size spring clamps. 

You can never have too many clamps.

 As you can see from the box, which is lined with foam sheeting to keep from scratching the lenses, there is a slot for the magnetic arms. Rather than make a box that was thick enough for the slightly curved clip-on glasses to fit, David's idea was to cut a slot in which the arms fit. It turned out to be a great idea.

 After the box was built and the glue somewhat dried we sanded the box and gave it a coat of dark paste wax. Now the lens are protected. Quick and easy 'cause I have lots of tools.

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