At the last minute I got inspired by Caliper’s gift box.
I had bought some quartersawn white oak for such a project but had too much on my plate with the end of the school year. I finished report cards last Friday and decided to work on a gift for my dad and my father in law.
I had a gift subscription to Wood Magazine last year. I like their detailed plans but never like the woods they use in their projects. This is from the Dec 2006 Issue. I decided to use walnut and white oak.
I still need to finish the boxes, (put a finish on) but here are some pics of the process.
Rockler had a sale on 1/4sawn oak. I got this board for like $5.00
From the scrap pile. Left over from a toolbox project.
I rough cut the stock to final length plus 1”. I plan out the grain and layout during this step.
The lids, handle, and bottoms are resawn from the oak.
This piece revealed the best ray pattern, so I used them for the lids.
I am getting into the habbit of rough ripping on the bandsaw.
A pic of the stock after being s4s’edn and cut to final length.
Cutting the tenons/ rabbets on the sides of the box. The walnut ends fit into these. I set up a stop block at the tablesaw and nibble away. No dado set yet.
You can see how rough the cut is.
I smoothed the joint lightly with my shoulder plane.
Dry fitting the bottom. The grooves for the bottom and lid were cut on the table saw. I run it once and then bump the fence to get a perfect fence. Alternatively, I could have cut the groove and then planed the lid and bottom to fit. The lid needs to fit tightly so that it does not slide out. Wine bottle was for proportion and not for courage.
I altered the plans by putting the dowels in the side of the box instead of the front. To me the purpose of the dowels is to prevent the ends from being pulled off due to the somewhat weak rabbet joint. Pinning through the sides is the best way to do this. Though the box is probably not subject to any real stress.
I got a little frenzied in the end and Kristin revoked the camera since I was not protecting it from dust. So let us just skip to the end. Obviously I made the little handles and fitted the top. The handles are attached with scews but will get glue too after the finish is done.
One of my favorite parts of this box is the curved ends. I cut these on the bandsaw and then shaped them with the ROS._
I filled the box with some wood shaving and a nice bottle of wine. The dads were pleased but I need to put a finish on ASAP.
Great little project and I have respect for WOOD magazine now. They give you nice little templates.
New skills: Curved box. New handle style. Sliding lid.
Mistakes: I doweled slightly into the interior on one box. oops. I will repair.
I would build again but there is a lot of room in this box, I would make it shallower next time. It is really heavy with wine in it.
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