Thereafter the box side joined together, the challenge was over. The rest joint will come in…
In order to avoid monotony of color, MOLAVE (Philippine Hardwood with yellow finish) was choosen as the sides and black KAMAGONG was the bottom plate. Dovetail cutting was easy on Molave. Though it is hard, the saw cuts with slippery surface. The Molave contains its own oil. The hard part will be the gluing. I was so careful to smear the glue because it reacts to the oil of the Molave and discolor to bright yellow. The handle was fitted not directly to the side because Molave is hard to glue and it will need more surface to cling on. The NARRA handle was “blind cut dovetail” to the extended bracket in order to have the strength. It was so strong to have a dovetail joint on a 4 mm handle. Another challenge beaten.
The small and last trays was done on same manner but the bottom plate used was IPIL to add RED color on the box.
THE LID AND BOTTOM COVERS
I forgot what wood I have for the cover …. It is red and strips grain pattern. The old frame looks to me it is cherry or probably hickory. The frames were from old picture and certificate frames that our office discarded due to broken glass. I picked it up on a file of “for dispossal bins”. At first, I was hesitant to use it however it makes good in Janna’s box. The hardest part was to make the miter cuts wherein two identical frames have to be made. It is easy if a frames does not connect to form a box. Presicion cuts should be done. Again a new challenge done. A little bit of error came up, it is good that my material has some excess.
This is my favorite part of woodworking. It is the most intricate part. Patience in gluing, clamping and handling to avoid mess are the most needed qualities of a good craftsman should have. A problem came up when I decided to make a groove in the frames (this is not on the original plan) so that it will have a good fit to the sides. The upper tray (smallest) obstructed and needs to be lowered around 4 mm. It took me around 15 minutes to get it right. THIS IS THE REASON WHY WE NEED TO HAVE A PLAN or at least WORK OUT AHEAD.
I know this will be the longest time specially if you use oil and poly which takes overnight and days for curing. This will be easy because the wood used are not hard to finish.
HERE IS THE PRODUCT…
made to last with a following purpose:
For me… the purpose is to beat my challenges: FAST and WORK on THINNEST DOVETAILS.
For Rand….. (up to you rand) but on my opinion … this box will inspire him most. Rand was asking for a plan of this box. in the beginning … Now, he gets is the actual box that he could measure, take a good look and get a hand on it….
For MEGAN … she is the owner of the box as a GRADUATION GIFT from GIFTED LUMBERJOCKs who prays for your speedy recovery and endeavour.
Here are the tools that made it:
Starring are MY BABIES.. Who have eaten a lot (Kamagong, Narra, Ipil, others) and SPIT them out LOL..
My favorite VISE…. There is a big advantage in using an elevated vise.. I can work on both side specially in chiselling dovetails without distroying the edges by tearing out. You can see a video on this in the first part of this series.
Maybe there will be a next part of the series,, when Megan and Rand gives the feedback when they both received it.
Hope you enjoy the story of Megan Box.