Well…on my last blog I posted the pic of my box, and that was after I finished it up today…I used an alcohol based stain on the lid that I make up myself, left the base unstained and then gave it a coat of wax…I used car wax on this one…mainly because I have it, and also because my van is in such a state that I’m sure the wax would never do it any good.
Today started off with “What am I gonna do today?”....I have several things that I want to do, but somehow I always end up doing something completely different, and today was no exception. Instead of using some of the smaller coffin bases that I have, I decided to take on a ‘monster’ size coffin…well…not really THAT big..but the biggest one I’ve done yet…I have the base made up, and am gluing up two pieces for the bottom part of the top (it’s going to be at least two levels on the top…possibly more, I’ll see where it takes me). I’ll post pics as I go along. Overall it will be just under 20 inches long and about 10 inches at it’s widest point. I plan on making this one a really nice one…I want to do trim around each section in walnut and then possibly add handles of some type to it. Again, I’ll see where it takes me.
Basically, I start all my mini coffins from a basic plan. I found the directions (with the angles already figured out) on youtube. Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/UeoqZtqmaCQ. Basically, I had to start and stop the video a couple of times to take notes, but it’s the simplest plan yet that I have found. I also got some other plans (dimensions) for full size pincher toe coffins and then just scaled them down. But the angles are the same. I always make the mistake of not measuring out the points on the widest section, but it works out ok if your board of wood is not too wide. I’ve also found that it is fairly impossible for me to cut the base on my miter saw…I don’t know why, but I’ll get one side of the bottom part right, then the other side always goes wonky…I’ve tried flipping it, I’ve tried sawing with my left hand (the majority of the wood to the right of the blade…which I DON’T recommend, but then, there it is…)...all to no avail…so basically for the smaller ones, I cut the base on the bandsaw, and for the larger one I’m working on today, I was able to cut it with my circular saw…
I do all my cuts on my miter saw, but that thing is never really accurate, and honestly, my base is never quite perfect…but it’s all good because my absolute favorite tool in my shop is my guillotine….kinda fits with the coffin theme, right?? LOL….so that allows me to shave off the angles to exactly what I need for each project. This takes a little time, but it’s worth it. If you don’t have one, and do a lot of miter joints, I highly recommend this little beauty…you can get them for a fair price on ebay…gotta love the ebay… I’ll take some pics tomorrow, since everyone on here seems so keen on the pics!! I love that…and it does make a difference…Thanks to all who read my blog, I’m having fun with this, and I like to share…Happy Woodworking everyone!
-- Sue (Susan) Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle