I decided I was going to get some free wood from a local retail store that had left over pallets laying around. After getting permission, I borrowed a pick-up truck and got a load of pallets home. Trial and error taught me you can not just hammer them apart and expect to have any usable wood. I finally used a handheld circular saw and carefully missed the nails as I disassembled the pallets.
I managed to get four small pieces that looked like they could make a box. I cleaned up the edges on the table saw and marked my lines where I wanted to cut the finger joints being careful to keep each sided aligned by labeling them A-D.
I used a saw from a miter box and a coping saw to make all the cuts for the finger joints.
I had to use the vice which is attached to my workbench. The sawing wasn’t pretty, the workbench was shaking and items from the top shelf were falling on me, but I got through.
All of the joints didn’t fit, two of them had to be chiseled to get them together.
Other joints, you can see through.
Over all, I enjoyed making something (box). I need a lot more practice. I don’t know if the saws could be improved on or if I’m just that bad with them? I had a REALLY hard time with the coping saw and getting a straight cut across. It was tough, that’s the hardest I’ve worked in a while. I’m very sore
I took a well deserved break
-- I'll get it done when I get a-round-tuit.