Previously I completed the glue up.
After the glue cured, I removed the clamps and got started cleaning everything up.
I trimmed off the excess material on the pins using my 60 1/2 LA Block Plane which worked great.
I did notice a small crack in the top panel (Which I already knew about before the glue up. And with the pins cleared off, gaps from poor fitting began to show. I experimented with a couple of adhesives and saw dust as gap fillers. I tried the hide glue with saw dust and felt the result would be too dark. So I went with Sawdust and CA Glue to fill the gaps.
First fill the crack on the top panel. I’m using straight CA for this. Starting with this as it will take a couple of applications to fill completely and it needs time to cure in between applications.
Lets look at what we have to work with so far.
Front Panel Gaps on the dove tails and some tear out from the plane.
right Panel (Looking pretty good)
Back Panel Even larger gaps a knot and some tear out.
Left panel some small gaps around a previous repair where I accidentally cut all the way through instead of mitering around the pins. Visible lower left.
The next day I sanded the CA from the crack on the top.
And then applied a second coat of CA to the crack
Now for those Gaps around the Dovetails on the back panel
Helpful hint: Make sure to trap and save some of the saw dust or sanding dust from the same wood you’re working with. I just took it off my miter saw after cutting the panels and put it in a dixie cup.
I smashed and tamped sawdust into the crack using my finger and small stick.
Then applied some CA Glue
Did this to all of the cracks and gaps yu can see the first one on the bottom right is already starting to lighten up.
Let sit over night.
After: I Hit it with 120 sand paper to remove all of the proud material and excess CA.
After all of the gaps are filled.
Before I left for work this morning, I hit it with some dexawed shellac
After initial drying and just before I left.
Rear Oblique Left side of Box
Front Oblique Right side of box
More finish to come. This is just a first coat and will mostly get sanded off. I was just impatient to get an idea of how the finish would look and how the filled gaps would look.
It’s looking much better now than I was originally dreading.
-- - Terry