It all started when I posted Janna’s box. LJ Rand was captivated of its simplicity and being an elegant design. I was not expecting that in my private message, Rand and I have same common thing: Janna received the box as a graduation gift and Rand needed one for Megan, step grand daughter. That’s the only one I know. But just this morning 6/21/10, a surprise condition of Megan came up from Rand’s comment that Megan will undergo brain surgery and she was happy about the box. It made her stronger to face the endeavor. On the other hand, I was also surprise that during my work in constructing these, everything get going smoothly without any spoilage. There are some alterations but not a major one.
Below is how I made it.
THE SELECTION OF WOOD.
From this file of wood…..
I decided to use this… Kamagong
THE TOP AND BOTTOM
The material for the lid and bottom parts were already at hand and completed. I could not identify the wood but I can see that it is only 4 mm thick but really strong. A little be warp, but should be alringh as it is in the center.
THE SIDE WALLS
The sides made me think for sometime. At first the selection was to use IPIL but I really love to use KAMAGONG, I have a slat of Kamagong but only 5 mm thick and I need to plane it. I tried using handplane but it could not cut it. It is really hard and has the grain crisscrossing everywhere. I used a portable orbital sander but same not so strong to sand. I was really frustrated about it. The last remedy is to use the angle grinder which is rotating at high speed. Dangerous but I have to take out the guard because the sanding pad will not fit. So the front and the back were all done. The short sides (the left and the right sides) are Narra but thicker (8mm).
After cutting, the most important part are joints. I decided to do the challenge I had earlier decided.. to use dovetail joints even with the thinnest slats. Hand cut dovetails will require chisel and the only available smallest is 1/4”. Cutting the tail is not as difficult as cutting the pins.
Here’s a video in doing the dovetails. http://s898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/BertFlores58/?action=view¤t=MVI_0884.mp4
To be continued ….