Well today was a big day! But more on that later.
I started off by prepping the interior surfaces for the stain they’ll receive later. It’s a lot easier to do this before the box is assembled!
Here are all the components of the staining and glue-up process:
Next, I stained the already prepped bottom. Once the stain was dry, it was time to glue up the box carcase
First, I laid out all the parts, in the order that they comprise the box sides. Then I put them up against a straightedge to keep them lined up when I applied the blue painter’s tape that I’m using to clamp the box together.
I started applying the glue, and the race was on! Of course, this Elmer’s yellow glue has 18 minutes of open time, so I guess it wasn’t that much of a horse race after all.
After getting the bottom into place, it was just a matter of folding the box sides around it, and taping the box together. Then I checked it for square, by measuring the diagonals—and it was dead on.
I also checked that the lid still fit, and it did. Don’t laugh—I’ve had things fit perfectly on the dry-fit, and not very well after the glue-up!
So, a big day today! the box is in one piece. And believe me brothers and sisters, one piece is a good piece to be in!
Tomorrow, I’ll get the trim piece glued on, and start prepping the rest of the box for staining.
See ya then!