I hand planed and sanded the lid that came out of the clamps this morning. I also sanded the base or plinth and the chest’s case.
I fastened the base to the case. I firgured the best way to make sure it went on square and even was to set the base on the floor and then place and position the case on the base. Once I was satisfied with its location, I held it at that position on the base with four parallel clamps, two to each side. Then I placed the chest on my workbench where I could finish pre-drilling the holes for the screws. To fasten the base to the case I decided on #6 – 1 3/4 inch long Fh square head wood acrews.
I had pre-drilled and countersunk 16 screw locations. Since I had already fastened cleats to the inside of the base I needed to use a very long drill bit to pre-drill for some screw locations into the bottom of the case.
The lid could be fastened to the case now with the Rockler safety hinges I purchased for this project. I will mark their location and I will mortise the back edge for them, but I will wait to fasten the hinges.
Instead, my next steps will be to begin wiping on sanding sealer and then Shellac finish.
The image below gives a closer views of the chest’s dovetails
-- --- Happy Howie