The hardest part of the series… the final part.
I thought it would be simple to cut the lid. It should be easy to use a saw but that would create a kerf that will give error on the design. I use a knife (cutter) with a new blade and start to push it through on one corner then it goes on. The wood and the veneer still tough even with .5 thickness. There is no turning back on this….
The lips … I have to make 45 degrees cut by using the same 45 deg bit for my router. Luckily, brown wood (Balitadtad) is available. The width is 5 inches and so I can still use the portable router. Saw manually then glue it to the lid and the box.
Another difficult cut to make was the lips. I have no other way to route it but to put a guide. Incidentally there was a difference of 1 mm offset of the lid cut .. an error that if you will straighten, then it will destroy the allignment of the design. So here is the set up. Noticed that I have to nail with a brad the guide directly to the side. I knew that it will make hole but I have no choice since I cannot clamp it firmly.
Thereafter doing the dado for the box… then the lips height also done with router and guide nailed to the box. Likewise the lid lip (female) side was done with a router. Here is the fitting of the box….
Inverting it… looking at the bottom..
And finally the sanding and finishing…
After the first coat of polyurethane…
Till this time the poly is still wet… I must wait for it to dry before taking the final project photos…. It is done and I am really satisfied with my first mitered box and veneer work. Hope you enjoy the blog.
Thanks to all who inspired me to do this difficult challenge…