I had previously mentioned my intention to, more or less, follow the steps as outlined in The Joiner and the Cabinetmaker as a way to sort of do a “self apprenticeship”. That intention still holds as I gear up for the first project, which is the packing box.
For those who haven’t read the book, the packing box was needed in a hurry and is a relatively rough piece of work. However, that doesn’t mean you can just slap it together either.
In the book the packing box is needed to be assembled over the span of a few hours with no option but to use hand tools. This means that, all things being equal, this should make a nice weekend project if nothing else. The box doesn’t require fancy joinery or anything else. It’s put together with cut nails, most of which are clenched.
At this point in time, I’m accumulating a handful of things that are necessary for the project. For example, a nail set. I also need to get a steel plate for clenching. I’m not really sure where to snag one at, so I’m open for suggestions.
The project will probably begin in the next week to ten days. Why the delay? Mostly because I’m in the process of buying a business and have some obligations towards that goal this weekend. I’m not sure if anyone else here has made the packing box, but if you have, I’d love to get any pointers you have for me.
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!