Along came the perfect project - a small casket to hold the cremains of two beloved pets, as well as some of their toys, tags, and collars. On one hand, it's a shame that this will eventually be buried up in the ground. But there is something vaguely rewarding about the perpetuity of this.
I usually do my resawing on the tablesaw, but this board was too wide. So - of course, I called my buddy Dan, and borrowed his bandsaw. In a perfect world, I would own a Laguna bandsaw. But it's not, so I don't.
Because I'm so used to fighting my bandsaw when I resaw, I scored the board on the tablesaw. Scoring it gives the bandsaw blade a nice channel to follow.
I even scored one end of the board, so that I could start the cut more easily.
Damn that's a nice bandsaw, even if it rocks a bit. It is more steady than it looked in this video.
Once the boards are cut open, I let them acclimate in the shop. It's best to store them on edge, to get some air circulating around them.
The top and bottom panels were bookmatched from a single piece.
And finally, the wood is ready.
I squared everything up - the wood and the tablesaw.
a 45 degree angle on your blade,
and a stop block to ensure that your pieces come out the proper length. Follow those three rules and you can't screw it up.
I decided to make a raised top panel for this casket, so I tilted the blade to around 12 degrees and cut all four edges.
Always do a dry- fit, to make sure everything is perfect. Always.
Then - assemble your weapons - get your strap clamps ready
and lay out your boards.
I used some blocks on the corners, so that the clamps wouldn't dent the sharp edges.