(This is actually part 4, but I messed up setting its Series until after I had part 5 written, which got added as part 4…)
So far so good. I picked up a new piece of curly maple (with plenty to spare!) and after cutting it down to roughly the size I’d need for the project and after removing the knots which spoiled the ends of the board (but which saved me 10% at Woodcraft!) I proceeded to joint an edge and cut it down to rough size for the box.
Now I need to decide how to dress the opposite edge—stack the pieces up and plane them as a group or try to sand them down. I don’t have a hand plane capable of handling this task so it’s likely going to be my planer, after a good cleaning of the rollers and table.
I’m definitely try to work more slowly this time (though I have to confess, I didn’t think through my cutting order and cut both long sides first, then the short sides, so the grain ain’t a-gonna match up at 3 of the corners no matter what I do. With the curly … ness being the big attraction, though, and with the walnut keys I’m planning to use, I hope to mask that error somewhat.
So once the boards are planed to thickness and all edges are dressed (and the extra bit on the final short side is removed), I’ll cut the channels for the bottom, the ledge for the trays, and for the large chunk of walnut that will form the box top, frame-and-panel style.
Three cheers for long weekends!
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