I’ll add pictures later.
This project has been a huge learning experience. Many of the things I’ve learned are mundane in the woodworking world, and have been expressed better by far more experienced craftsmen than I. A list of what I would consider to be the things that others probably do without thinking:
Measure measure measure measure measure measure measure measure measure measure measure measure
Put the wood down before making adjustments to the blade height. This tip works for any type of saw.
Buy more wood than you think you’ll need. No. Really. If you’re working on a project you’ve got experience with, add 20%. If you’re using the project to gain experience, 30 – 40%.
Small block sanding jigs are great! 3/4” wood, sandpaper, and double-sided tape and you’re in!
No matter what, take your time. This is my hobby. If this were my job I’d have lost that 50 pounds I’ve been working so hard at.
Stay within your price range on woods. My most expensive wood so far is the curly maple I’ve bought for the lid. I’m thankful I realize that I shouldn’t plan experimentation with expensive woods until I have more projects/experience under my belt.
The blade insert is there for a reason. Don’t operate the saw without it. It’s not the law, but it should be.
Glued up 3/4” boards don’t ALWAYS add up to 1 1/2”.
Above all, stop when it gets frustrating. See the hobby comment. Also, frustration leads to anger, anger leads to carelessness, carelessness leads to missing digits.
I have enjoyed the process to date, and with a second grandson on the way, I’m thinking another chest, with the knowledge gained from this one, will be in the offing.
My thanks to all the lumberjocks who’s good advice and inspirations have helped me get this far in what hast turned out to be a very satisfying hobby.
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