Well, I’ve spent the past while in sanding and oiling and rubbing, oh my! The oil finish on the ash colored up nicely and the top was pretty smooth. I moved to the 0000 steel wool and dark paste wax treatment today and what a difference that made! Smooth turned to glassy smooth and the box just looks wonderful. The grain in the ash picked up some of the dark wax and added a bit of detail that just went the extra mile. Yep, I’m happy with it.
While I was waiting for the finish to completely cure I did fit the top on and attached my hinges:
The torsion hinges, as I figured, won’t function as intended in holding the lid up in all positions but they do hold the lid up from 90 down to about 75 degrees. Any less than 75 degrees and the lid is coming down. With authority! As one sharp wit pointed out the falling heavy lid will eliminate the need for one of those toy soldier nutcrackers during the holiday season. At least the lid can be fully opened and it doesn’t have to be held in position. Since the torsion hinges aren’t stop hinges I’m still going to try to get some kind of lid stay on there to prevent it from falling backwards.
The next and just about final step in building the actual chest will be milling cedar planks for the bottom and fastening them in place. I am going to shiplap the planks and screw them down to the plywood bottom at the middle of each end. After the box is built I still have to finish making the internal boxes: the shadow box itself, a flag case and a coin case.
-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....