“If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything” – Me
That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn’t a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.
This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -
But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.
Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)
Since I didn’t have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -
Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -
I didn’t do both lines at once because I didn’t want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -
Keyword is “acceptable” not “great” not “awesome”. I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.
So we now have a box top and a base -
I didn’t like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn’t want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -
And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.
I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won’t be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.
Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.