I’ve had the urge to just make something small for some time now…I’ve been working on a bed with what little shop time I have, and haven’t had much time for other stuff. I wanted one of those projects that you could just take the materials at hand and go for it.
Also, something that wouldn’t take forever to build and would give some (relatively) instant gratification.
I had some scrap cedar, fir, poplar, and walnut that’ll be used in this little box/case. Milled the assorted woods to 5/8” for the main carcase and drawer fronts, 1/2” for dividers and drawer sides, and 1/4” for the drawer bottoms and back.
Here are the carcase sides made up. After cutting to length, I rabbeted the back edge 1/4”x1/4”, plowed stopped dadoes for the drawer dividers, and mitered the ends.
This next photo is simply the dry fit to see how the miters came together. I’ll tell you, they’re not perfect, I don’t have a jig to perfect miters on stock this wide. I suppose I could’ve built one, but didn’t want to spend my time doing that at this point. I used the tip that Karson picked up from Franz Klausz – that is: to use the inside of the board as the outside (show) surface. I like the idea in this case especially because, if the boards were to cup, they’d want to push on the outside corners, rather than split the corners open. With the keys that’ll come, I have no fear that this case will want to come apart down the line.
All the corners/sides were nice and square at glue up time:
A couple shots from the front, after cutting and fitting divider stock to the case:
- and in color too!:
Here’s a shot from the back – the dividers are sticking out in the back because they are not assembled yet. Still need to run tongue and grooves for those, as well as put in a guide block for the upper divider in the center. It will have a central muntin.
-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA