I didn’t quite get the box assembled on Sunday but I was close.
Next step after gluing the corners is to cut the remaining half blind dovetail joints. I thought I was going to have to do a second setup on my jig to cut these like I had to on my Spalted Mango Box but I didn’t. On this box I’m reversing the joints end for end rather than doing a mirror image. Half blind dovetails are actually always reversed end for end like this when cut on an Omnijig and probobly on most other jigs too. It’s just not usually apparant becuase they are usually cut symmetrical.
After cutting the dovetails I cut a groove on the inside of all 4 pieces to hold the bottom. For the bottom I resawed a piece of solid Canary wood to match the rest of the box. Plywood would have worked fine also but I much prefer solid woods.
Anyways, here’s the pieces all ready to sand and assemble plus a shot of the corner of the box dry fitted together:
After dry fitting the complete box to make sure everything fit correctly, I sanded all the interioir sides and finished with a couple coats of shellac to seal it and prevent glue spots on the interior of the box. Next weekend I’ll be assembling the box and beginning work on the feet and top.
-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.