Finished Composition Matrix Cases—Just One Problem

I have completed my five cases for holding Monotype composition matcases. Despite my efforts to get the grooves uniformly deep, I found after assembling the cases that some grooves were too shallow. This meant that I spent a lot of time fitting the partitions, either trimming their width at a bit of an angle when they were tight at the back of the case, or using a handsaw to deepen the grooves near the front of the case.

The assembled boxed, glued and nailed, waiting for the glue to dry. I was originally planning on gluing the partitions at the same time, but the two partitions in this photo are all that are left of that idea.

The assembled cases, glued and nailed, waiting for the glue to dry. I was originally planning on gluing the partitions at the same time, but the two partitions in this photo are all that are left of that idea.

The cases with the fitted partitions inserted with glued edges. The clamps are there to avoid having the top and bottom of the cases bowed out from the curvature of the plywood. Once the glue dries, the partitions will hold the sides in.

The cases with the fitted partitions inserted with glued edges. The clamps are there to avoid having the top and bottom of the cases bowed out from the curvature of the plywood. Once the glue dries, the partitions will hold the sides in.

The five cases face up on the floor all loaded up. Many of the matcases have a twist of pipe cleaner on them, but I don't know the significance of this.

The five cases face up on the floor all loaded up. Many of the matcases have a twist of pipe cleaner on them, but I don’t know the significance of this.

They look quite nice, even if I did not apply any finish to the wood. The matcases either come flush to the front of the case or stick out about ⅜″.

The problem? They’re full and I still have at least 18 matcases to store! I should have made 7 rather than 5! Although I have enough lumber to make two more they’ll have to wait a few days because I have to make some pulp beating sticks.

 

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

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