Hello everyone. It’s been forever since I posted anything it seems. I’ve been pretty busy with home upgrades and stuff for work but I finally got into the shop this weekend for a serious amount of time. I purchased wood for the base of the bench I’ll will be blogging about soon. I’m letting the lumber acclimate to the shop before milling it.
So, since I had to let the wood do its thing on the stickers I decided I was going to challenge myself to build a box of some sort for my dad for a Father’s Day gift. He is happy I have become serious about woodworking and lives a little vicariously through me. He doesn’t have the time or the right space to build a shop but he does find time to putter around on a scroll saw and drill press to make gifts or toys for the grandkids. I think he will be quite surprised when this shows up in the mail.
I didn’t know what type of joinery or even the dimensions but I had some really figured Cherry that I wanted to use. I popped in my Doug Stowe DVD looking for some inspiration. I found it in the form of a long sliding top box that I thought he could used for fireplace matchsticks or what have you. It is narrow enough that it should work well on the mantle for whatever he and mom decide to stash in it.
Since I wanted it to be a gift box (as well as a gift), I decided to size it such that a bottle of wine could nicely fit in it. This proved to be perfect as I really like the proportions this required. I met my goal of milling and cutting all the parts down on Sunday. I just had to do the grooves for the bottom and sliding top yesterday. Today, when I got home from work, I sanded it down and will glue it up tomorrow, clean up the joints, and then give it a couple of coats of Danish oil before shipping it to Dad. It won’t make it there by Saturday but my sister and I already decided to get him the Drill Doctor he has mentioned. This will hopefully be a pleasant surprise for him.
Here are some shots. The lighting in the basement is poor so these photos really don’t do justice to the grain in this Cherry. I’ll take more time to get better pics after I oil it. Thanks for looking for now.
All the parts sanded and ready to dry fit.
A few photos of the dry fit.
-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN