||What little boy wouldn't love to find one of these in
their back yard!?! I looked in vain, all over the internet, for a
simple plan for a Pirates Treasure Chest. So I decided to just make my
own. I settled on box joints for the corners because they are very simple
to make and really strong. Since this will be a Christmas present for my
grandson, I better get to work!
Now it's simple work to feed the stock into the blade, and
use the block as a pivot to keep the blade in the middle of the stock.
Yes yo do this by "eye" You can do it! And you don't have to be perfect
here, just close.
||The box is made of 1/4" maple. You can use that or pine
or what ever you wish. You can purchase
wood already planed to 1/4" or you can make your own. You can do this
on the table saw but I think the band saw is far safer. All you need to
get a somewhat straight cut is a block of wood clamped to the band saw's
table. Since I'm going to split 3/4" stock , I'll set the corner of my
block 3/8" from the center of the blade. (see the pic at left).
||I like to use a 5/8"
3TPI Hook blade when I resaw lumber like this. It's a good blade for
removing large amounts of wood from the kerf quickly.
Here is another pic of how the block works. Now the blade
is not moving here, I'm just holding the stock with my left hand and shootin
the pic with my camera in the right.
Remember we're going to plane the wood down to 1/4" so
the quality of this cut is not important! So long as you have a little
over 1/4" on each side, you'll be fine!