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So you have decided to invest in a poker chip case to store all of your poker chips. Before you get started, whether building the case yourself, or ordering a custom case from a third party, there are some things to consider that differentiate a quality poker chip case from just a plain wooden box.
Joinery is a part of woodworking that involves joining together pieces of wood, to create furniture, structures, toys, and other items. The characteristics of wooden joints – strength, flexibility, toughness, etc. – derive from the properties of the joining materials and from how they are used in the joints. Therefore, different joinery techniques are used to meet differing requirements. When designing a poker chip case, you have to take into account the weight of the chips, which can approach 50 lbs for a 1000 chip case. The joints have to be strong, or the case will fall apart under the weight of the chips.
Most pre-made cases bought on the market utilize a butt joint. A butt joint is a joinery technique in which two members are joined by simply butting them together. The butt joint is the simplest joint to make since it merely involves cutting the members to the appropriate length and butting them together. It is also the weakest because unless some form of reinforcement is used, it relies upon glue alone to hold it together. Because the orientation of the members usually present only end grain to long grain gluing surface, the resulting joint is inherently weak.
When building or ordering a custom chip case, you should avoid butt joints and use a something stronger, such as a dovetail joint. A dovetail joint is a joint technique frequently used in fine woodworking joinery. Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint is commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front. A series of pins cut to extend from the end of one board interlock with a series of tails cut into the end of another board. The pins and tails have a trapezoidal shape. Once glued, a wooden dovetail joint requires no mechanical fasteners.
Another simple and strong joint is the mortise and tenon joint, which has been used for thousands of years by woodworkers around the world to join pieces of wood. This is commonly used when the pieces are at an angle close to 90°. Although there are many variations on the theme, the basic idea is that the end of one of the members is inserted into a hole cut in the other member. The end of the first member is called the tenon, and it is usually narrowed with respect to the rest of the piece. The hole in the second member is called the mortise. The joint may be glued, pinned, or wedged to lock it in place.
Hardware for a poker chip case must also be durable. A variety of hinges and hardware are available, but you should avoid a stamped hinge, which is the weakest type of hinge. When building or ordering a custom case, there are a variety of hinges you may request.
A full length piano hinge is a long narrow hinge that runs the full length of the two surfaces to which its leaves are joined. This imparts additional strength to the hinge when a heavy solid wood lid is used.
Concealed Hinges are used for furniture doors (with or without self-closing feature, and with or without dampening systems). They are made of 2 parts: One part is the hinge cup and the arm; the other part is the mounting plate. They are also called Euro/cup hinges, and give a cleaner look to the case.
One thing to consider when choosing a finish for your wooden chip case, is to be sure to use Polyurethane or a non-soluble varnish that does not stain or seep into your chips. You should avoid any type of Oil finish such as Tung or Danish oil, as these oils can penetrate into clay chips over time.
The majority of poker chips are 39mm in size, however, large denomination chips, as well as chips based on the Paulson Inverted Hat and Cane mold, are 43mm size. Be certain that the chip trays are appropriately sized for the type of chips you have. If ordering a custom chip case, be sure to specify the size of your chips.
So when building or designing a custom wooden poker chip case to store your chips, remember to consider the type of joints, hinges, and finish used in the design of you case.
The Moxon is now functionally complete. A couple potential (likely) additions: a shelf projecting from the rear jaw to aid in dovetail layout (scribing pins from tails or vice versa) and (perhaps) a large chamfer on the top front edge to allow for angled (in pitch) saw cuts, useful when cutting to a line.
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Building a hexagonal gazebo is not as complicated a process as one would think. Gazebos provide a place to spend some happy times with family and friends. Building a gazebo also gives the owner a sense of pride and achievement. Gazebos that are made from wood are considered to be sturdiest and most beautiful. You can use redwood, rosewood or cedar to make a wooden gazebo.
You can chose from a variety of styles to suit your taste that will make your gazebo stand out from the rest of them. There are a few basic techniques of building a gazebo which you need to follow.
Let’s have a look at those steps which will guide you through its construction.
Choose the location: Clean the area and level it by pouring layers of gravel. Set up four batter boards by aligning them perfectly to have a square from where you can design the hexagon. Mark and pin the square center and hold it to a semi-circle. Then mark and pin the other sides to have the hexagonal extremities done.
Erecting the Main Posts: Find the right angle for the posts towards the inside deck. Then draw a perpendicular line at 90 degrees on the outer foot to position the posts correctly. Secure metal braces to the bolts that are sticking out and screw in the posts. Find the vertical plumb to keep the post in line with temporary braces.
Decking: Building a hexagonal gazebo requires you to build the floor frame and mark posts at 15″ and 21″ from the ground. Cut the inside of the posts between the mark trim off the wood to take in the beams. The beams need to be cut at 60 degrees angle at both ends with a saw. The beams will now form a 360 degrees round angle fitting in to the hexagon shape and secure them with nails.
Assemble the joists: Screw the metal joists hangers to the beams at half way and make them sit into the joist hanger next to them. Now attach the beams with both sides at 30 degrees to form a 60 degree angle on the pier and they will form a 360 angle. The boards need to be cut from the perimeter towards the centre with the joists screwed on each side. Apply wood putty to level the depressions which will give it a neat look.
Stair for the main entrance: Stairs are a better option to the main entrance for easy access. Dig the ground 6″ in front and level it by adding 1″ gravel and sand. Shape two beams with a miter saw to match the pitch of the stair and secure them with metal braces. Now screw up the two horizontal ledger boards on both beams and nail the wooden step on the corner.
Roofing: Assemble a round hexagonal perimeter and cross beams to mimic the railings followed by spanning double ceiling joists from all sides. Cut four joists with half the length at one end at 90 degrees to slot into the beam at the opposite ends in such a way that they will form a 360 degree angle. The final step in building a hexagonal gazebo is to cut the rafters, brace and secure them at the desired span and surface the roof.
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What is a wood dowel you ask? It might look like a simple wooden peg, and to be quite honest – it is. But, like many other tools that appear to be altogether insignificant on the surface, dowel rods have undeniably changed history.
Today, they are used to hold everything from boats to bookshelves together, but they also lay claim to a much deeper historical significance. The wooden dowel has been used for centuries to hold our things together, and for better or for worse – it’s the things we’re surrounded with that have carried us as a people throughout history. Read on to learn more about the wooden dowel and how an altogether invisible and seemingly innocuous tool is more significance than we think.
A Piece of Wood, a Piece of History
The word dowel comes from the Middle English equivalent of doule, meaning “part of a wheel” which also seems to have its origin in the Middle Low German for dovel, for “plug.” Despite being an arguably mundane tool, wood dowels have been used in a variety of ways throughout history – earning them a place in the metaphorical “hall of fame” when it comes to tools and technologies that have continued to remain useful throughout the centuries.
690 AD: A traveler visits a famous shrine in at Ise in Japan and recounts the tradition of building shrines every 20 years according to specific ancient beliefs calling for use of dowel pegs and interlocking joints instead of nails.
1000: Leif Ericson rowed and sailed across the North Atlantic, from Norway to Newfoundland in a Viking ship that was sturdily constructed with overlapping planks held together with wooden dowels and iron nails.
1394: Master mason Henry Yevele rebuilds Westminster Hall, including a 660 Ton hammerbeam roof. This roof was unsupported from below, and was held aloft solely through the industrious use of wooden dowels.
1509: Reports reach the west about ships from Southeast Asia that are constructed of tropical wood and wood dowels with the capability of sailing as far as the eastern tip of Africa – enabling the trade of the “Ming Dynasty” vases and glassware we hear about today.
1641: When a Dutch fleet was sunk in the Sargasso Sea, the survivors created lifeboats using wooden dowels, and recounted how their capsized ships failed when the wooden nails and spikes holding them together disintegrated. After this, the Dutch King built a ship that was made entirely out of wood, fully incorporating hardwood dowels.
1954: A ship was discovered in Egypt held together entirely by dowel rods – indicating the use of dowels throughout history.
As you can see, dowels have been used throughout history to hold our world together. Take a look around. How do you take advantage of this piece of history every day?
Woodcraft is very well known in Indonesia since centuries ago even it become part of Indonesian history. Having wide and far territory brings Indonesia in various kinds of woodcraft that are uniquely to each region.
Woodcraft is a skill, which works on wood to create useful and gorgeous woodworking. Woodwork can be such as sculpture, handicraft or carved furniture. Many regions in Indonesia are known as woodcraft producer such as in Java with Jepara which known as carved furniture producer or in Papua which known with Asmat sculpture that has primitive style.
A good many those are inspire woodcraft, such as art, culture, invasion from other country also religion spreading. Indonesia is rich in history of acculturation, which can be seen, in its woodcraft all over the country. Take note for Jepara, Demak and other city in northern coastal area of Java, they have many inspiration from India, China or Middle East culture. It is happened as of the foreigner whose come to these cities harbor thus many merchant freighters is stop by or even settle at there. As a result, Indonesian woodcraft is rich in decoration style.
Indonesian woodcraft is well known in wide world which not only for its beauty for also its quality. Such as gebyog; a traditional wood carving usually place inside the house to divided room from other, is made from best quality of wood. It may made from teak or other wood like mahogany which great for craft and its price rather inexpensive than teak.
A shipmate turns a new spindle for the tall ship Pathfinder, one of the Toronto brigantines. Toronto, Canada
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