Yesterday as planned I was able to trim the back panel, and fit the horizontal dividers and top panel so that it all fits together:
Knowing the there are a lot of glue surfaces I didn’t want to take the chance of screwing it up (since I wanted to eliminate all metal fasteners …lol) so I did the glue up in stages. First was glueing up the drawer dividers to one another. I used the side of the box and the 2 rails to keep things aligned and in position while I only glued the dividers to one another (horizontal and vertical) while the rest was dry placed so to speak:
Once those dried, I went ahead and glued the box parts including the sides, bottom, back, top, and rails. I also added one clamp at an angle to pull the box to straight as I noticed it was tilted slightly:
And I called it a night.
Today I was going to open up the lid and install the hinges. I realized that I cut the dovetails for the top tails incorrectly and not leaving enough material for the blade thickness to separate the lid from the box as I had planned. luckily I got a thin kerf blade from a fellow woodworker that just barely fit in between the tails (I wanted to have at least a full tail and 2 half pins on the lid to keep it together). Since I did not have enough material as I wanted, I did end up adding some braces to the 4 corners of the top compartment and the lid:
Those Rockler corner braces came in real useful here.
The hinges I use are SOSS type hinges and installation is real simple. Using a 1/2” forstner bit I drilled 2 overlapping holes for the hinge body, and 2 more holes on the edges for the screw mounts and it fits real snug and holds real well. I really like these hinges:
All in all, there are things to improve and to learn for the future, but I really like how this is coming along:
Only thing left to do is the drawers and later on the front panel to lock the drawers in place. Both of these may have to wait though as my available shop time has come to it’s end. I’ll try to sneak in an hour here and there to at least get the drawers done so that this can be functional.
Thanks for reading,
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