Today I decided that the lock miter joints just didn’t look good enough, especially since some of each corner will be exposed once I fit the walnut panel for the lid. So I trimmed each at the table saw and am pretty happy with the results. I used a different technique for this cut and it worked well enough to keep everything straight & square, at least as far as my instruments can detect.
So I then trimmed the lid panel to fit (“panel” seems an odd name for it—it’s 3/4” thick and will appear to sit atop the frame, not inside it) and dry-fit the whole shebang. Here are the results so far.
Now that the bottom (hardboard) and top are cut to fit, I trimmed down some 1/8” walnut to serve as runners for the trays that will be fitted and built later. IF you notice that I cut a groove for them on the sides as well, that’s a mistake. I may or may not worry about that, or I may fill the grooves with some 1/8” thick maple I have and cut/sand/plane it back flush.
Once I got the pieces trimmed to fit and dry-fitted, I taped either side of the groove to catch any squeeze-out and glued them in. For once, all the squeeze-out occurred on the ends, not along the length. Oh well.
I’m going to let those dry overnight and then glue up the box itself tomorrow. If anyone has an opinion on whether or not to glue the panel into the lid, I’d love to hear them. Should I leave it loose to allow for expansion or glue it in and hope for the best? It fits pretty snugly at present….
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