I know what you are going to say: “You are not even done with the last project, the closet dresser”. I know, but this one come up and had to be done first.
My second daughter is getting married on June 2nd. Along with that there will be a bridal shower. One of the things they will do on this shower is exchange recipes. So my other daughters commissioned me to make a Recipe box. My daughter likes the “pallet-wood” look. So I found on one the pallets from Taiwan some 1/2” boards on the bottom looking like they could be Mahogany, but they had a bit more caricature.
I ran the boards through my little planer. It was not an easy task for this little guy. It took a lot of passes. The finished thickness was just over 3/8”.
After planing the boards, and cutting them to length, I had enough to make 2 or 3 boxes.
I did not want to use any hardware on this box. The look I was going for was Craftsmen. Below you see how I was laying the boards out to show most of the imperfections; knots and nail holes included.
I did most of the joinery on the tablesaw.
By every step I was dry-fitting the box, to be sure I did not make any mistakes. The bottom is solid wood as well. I beveled the edges to 1/4”, to fit the 1/4” dado.
The exposed end of the dado, I closed up with a little pc of the same wood, you can hardly see it anymore.
I like to sand everything I can before I put it together. When you put a box like this together, there are not enough clamps, and there is not enough room on the box to get them all in the right place.
There is no stain on this box, all natural. I used tung oil and polyurethane.
Please notice the cute little feet I am using to dry this box. I did a project on these feet, “Screws and Plywood”
-- rhykenologist and plant grower