Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cat Treat Box Scroll Saw Pattern.

Dog and Cat themed patterns are among the most popular patterns I have in the catalog. That's understandable because we love our pets. I try to keep the number of dog and cat patterns equal. Right not I have around 52 dog-themed patterns and 48 cat-themed patterns. Time for a new cat pattern.

This cat treat box is large enough to hold several cat treats. It is 1.5" deep. It is approximately 8" X 6". 

If you don't plan to use it as a treat box just don't cut the letters. Then you just have a nice cat-themed box for the cat person in your life.

The lid is held in place by a lid retainer glued to the bottom of the lid. It takes some careful alignment of this retainer so the lid fits the box correctly. When the glue is still tacking up you can install the lid and make minor adjustments.

The box walls are 1.5" deep. If you do not have a board that thick you will need to glue up two 3/4" boards. 

You can go about this in two ways. Glue the two boards together and then cut the walls. That will give you a perfect fit but some people have trouble cutting a thick board.

The second option is to cut the two haves of the wall separately then glue them together. That requires much better accuracy of the cut but it will be easier. You will have sanding after the glue-up to get the walls flush. I normally glue the boards up first but for this project, I wanted to test the second method.

I was able to cut the two halves, glue them together and sand the walls flush. They are not perfect but they are close. It's hand made.

By far the most common problem I hear about when cutting thick boards is warped sides. The blade will flex and bow as you cut. This causes the thick walls to be misshaped.

Some of this is normal but you want to minimize it as much as possible. There are four things you can do to help this problem.

1. Always use a new blade to cut a thick board. Go with at least a #5. 

2. Make sure the tension of the blade is correct. Loose tension is really bad when
cutting thick boards. It needs to be tensioned a bit higher than you may be used to. 

3. As you cut a thick board pay attention to how you are pushing the wood into the blade. Apply as little side pressure to the blade as possible. If you notice that the blade is starting to deflect, relax your grip and let the blade recenter. 

4. Choose a species of wood that is easy to cut. Trying to cut 1.5" Australian Buloke(Hardest wood in the world) with a Janka hardness of 5,060lbf is asking for headaches. Cherry with is Janka hardness of 950 is a much better choice. 

If you are curious:

The Janka scale is used to determine the relative hardness of particular domestic or exotic wood species. The Janka test measures the amount of force required to embed a 0.444" steel ball into the wood to half of its diameter. Woods with a higher rating are harder than woods with a lower rating.  

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