Well, a short day in the shop today.
As you may remember, when I cut the right side piece of the box to its correct height, it left the tongues and grooves exposed on that side. With the cutoff piece, I needed to notch out the cutoff to make room for the tongues of the lid to slide through when the lid is slid open.
In order to notch the cutoff piece, I made a jig to accomplish that safely.
I then notched the cutoff piece by making a couple of passes over the router bit with it in the jig. I actually made the notches wider than I had intended, but as it turns out, the size of the notches doesn’t matter.
After the box is glued up, this cutoff piece will be glued on the lid handle end, and then the middle portion of it will be cut away so the lid can slide in and out. Since the middle will be removed, the wider than intended notches will be cut away with it! It’s always nice when your screw-ups don’t matter!
The next steps are to finish sand the interior sides of the box, and stain the bottom piece, in preparation for gluing the box together. I’m going to make two test pieces to help choose the finished color of the box, and all of that will be next time!
See ya then!