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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Silly Me!

What with all of the gossip about Google Reader not working anymore, I jumped on the bandwagon without a thought and opened an account with bloglovin, even though I didn't really like the layout.

 Then when I signed on yesterday and went right straight to my usual site, everything was there....I went and looked in the nearest mirror and spoke sternly to myself..."Wake up, silly!  You read the blogs that you follow on Blogger Dashboard! You have never even seen Google Reader! Duh!!!"  So much for needless worrying...Sometimes the six year old takes over at the most unexpected moments...

Now for the business at hand.  Here are the plans for the mini mini  Indoor, Outdoor Box.

As usual, these are copyrighted and for personal use only.  They and their plans are not to be sold and no teaching classes for money! Free only!

Here we go.  The first photo is on quarter inch graph paper and should be easy enough to draw.  All measurements are included.  The project is made from 1/32" bass wood.

Second photo.  All of the pieces were measured onto the wood with a T square.  Then they were cut out with a metal ruler and Exacto knife with a NEW blade.

Seven pieces for the box.  If you are going to make more than one, it is easier to mark and cut all of them at once.  I cut 4 and it took about a half an hour to do it all.  If it is your first try, it may take a bit longer.
I decided to put a window in this one, so I simply cut the shape out of the wall where the arch was in the southwestern one was.  That is the only part that I leave off until I have the inside papered or painted.  I will paint the window separately, before gluing it in place.

As you can see, it is much easier to put together if you have a gluing jig.  This one is from Micro Mark and is about 20 years old.  It is still square and still going strong!  Worth every penny(and more) of the 16.95+shipping that I paid for it at the time.  It is probably one of my most used tools.

I am going back to work on this now...It's either that or cleaning the dreaded, dreadful workroom.

See you tomorrow.


Tabitha Corsica said...

Just read over your past few blogs about the cigar box displays.

As usual, I am kicking myself around the block...twice. For the last 15 years (at least) I have been hoarding a goodly supply of these wooden boxes, thinking that I would "do something" with them "someday".

Two weekends ago, I finally gave them away (to another crafter at a mini show) because I felt they had hung around here long enough and it was time to move on.

I sincerely hope she reads your blog... :-)

Lucille said...

Casey, I also never used the reader. I have always used the dashboard. I felt so silly last night when I realized my mistake. It was when I read something on Plushpussycat's (Jennifer's) blog that I realized they were two different things. How lucky that they did not remove this avenue of knowing when a new post has come up. I knew there was something somewhere that did not add up. It was just so simple. If we had only known that the reader and the dashboard were two different things, it would have saved so much research and trouble. I have the feeling we are not the only ones who made this mistake.

Getting to your project, thank you for the tutorial. There was something else I wanted to say about it but I forgot what it was. See you tomorrow!

Cara said...

Those magnetic gluing jigs are great! My husband actually made me one out of scraps but the price from Micro Mark is great. I agree. Worth every dime.

Elizabeth S said...

Hi Casey! There are always some tools that you go to time and time again and I can see that this magnetic gluing jig would be one of them! I bet that at the time of purchase it seemed like a whole lot of money to spend. Now in retrospect you can see that it was worth it's weight in gold!


Eliana said...

Thanks for sharing! ;)

Sans! said...

Ooooh I want one of those gluing jig! Thanks for the tip on where I can get it!

Caseymini said...

I got mine from the Micro Mark catalog. They still sell them. I don't know about shipping to your part of the world. You can go to their website and ask.

Good luck!

Kathi said...

I love little minis! I must make one of these. Thanks for the pattern. :D

I still wish that MicroMark would put a 1/4 inch grid on the bottom of their jig. Would really make lining things up easier...

I use mine anyway. Taped graph paper to the bottom. So far, so good.

Caseymini said...

Kathi, if you are putting graph paper on the bottom, put wax paper over that. If you do, you won't have things stuck to the bottom.

Kathi said...

I did use waxed paper when gluing. It really does work well.

Right now I have no idea where my gluing jig is! It is buried in here somewhere...