After finishing all my cuts, I had to sand my wood. The cutting left some splintery edges that I needed to sand. I had to use a sanding board for the edges and sanding blocks for the face.
To use the sanding boards, I had to rub the edge or end of my wood against the sandpaper that was stapled to a board. I would go back and forth about 36 times on each edge.
After sanding all my edges until they are nice and smooth, I had to use the sanding blocks to smooth out the faces. I had to take a piece of sand paper and rap it around a block. Then I would back and forth on my wood. It was very important to only sand parallel to the grain. I didn’t want and scratches messing it up.

Cutting My Wood

After I measured my wood, it was time to cut. First I would do my cross cuts, which were perpendicular to the grain. For this, I used the box saw.
The first step was to lift up the saw and carefully slide my wood under. The teeth of the saw should rest right on the line. Then I would use a bumper to put on top of my wood. Then I would clamp it down. The bumper keeps dents out of the wood. When cutting, I had to keep the saw level and I had to go back and forth.
After cross-cutting, I had to rip cut. Rip cuts were parallel to the grain. For this, I used the band saw.
You had to be very careful because the blade was very sharp and moving really fast. To cut, I had to line the blade up with my line. Then I turned on the machine and pushed the wood through the blade. I was careful not to have my fingers near it, and when I got close, I used a pusher tool/scrap piece to push the wood through.

Box Project Reflection

Making the cardboard model helped me because I could then have an idea just how big it was going to be and if I wanted to change anything, which I did. Instead of the lid being on top, I wanted it to be on the front like a door. I also used it to compare my wood so I knew I wasn’t totally off.

I thought that using all the different tools was challenging, but very helpful. The t-squares were a bit hard to use because it was hard to check all of the angles where there was no where for it to hang. The rulers weren’t too hard to use. The box saws were a little tricky at first, but then I got the hang of it and I could make a very clean cut. The band saw was a little scary, so I’ll see how it turns out when I use it to rip the sides of my board.
While I was measuring, I faced some challenges. Every time I thought I measured the lines and the angles, I measured again and it turned out to be off by a lot. I had to re-measure many times to just get even one line right.
It was also a bit hard to cut the wood because it always got caught and it got hard to push back and forth. It was so satisfying when I finally cut it and the saw drops.
Out of everything, I think that measuring was the most frustrating thing.
My next steps are to cross cut my last two boards and to rip the sides of three of my boards. Then I will sand, glue, etc., but that will be later.

Box Model

My box model will be made out of cardboard. The first step is measuring the faces and tracing them on the cardboard. Since my box is really big, I needed five pieces of cardboard. After I measured and traced my pieces, I had to cut them with a scroll saw.
After I cut all my pieces out, I had to tape it all together. I didn’t completely tape the top because I wanted it to be like a hinge. I did that by putting tape on one side and on the front and back.

Now that I had my model, I put it in my locker so I would be sure everything would fit.

Box Plan

Our first project in Tech 7 is making a box. The first step is making a plan. I wanted my box to be unique because almost everyone made there’s the same. Mine was going to be very big.
The only requirement was that it had to fit in my locker. It wasn’t that big, so I measured it so my box would be almost as big as the locker. At first, I wanted it to be 16” x 12” x 9”. When I told my teacher, she said that there has to be room to separate the pieces when they are wet. Instead of being 16” long, I changed it to 8” long. That would give a perfect amount of room for wet pieces.

After making my plan, I started to make my model.

Safety in Tech 7

Some rules from Tech 6 apply in Tech 7. They are, don’t run, be careful with the equipment, and wear safety goggles. Some new rules are, don’t touch machines you aren’t instructed to, if you aren’t sure how to use a machine, do it with a teacher or with a buddy, and leave the vises facing down.
No running, being careful with equipment, and wearing safety goggles will be easy to remember because they were also rules in 6th Grade. It will be harder to remember things like leaving the vises faced down. I will help keep myself safe by remembering all the rules.