Well, construction on the boxes ended up taking a detour due to the holiday and me making a router table which will be needed for the bikes, but I was able to start on the boxes themselves.
This is how the router table currently sits, though it now has casters mounted. I made it about 1/4” shorter than my table saw to use as an outfeed table.
Still need to mount the plate to it.
I dug through my wood pile and found a nice piece of figured mahogany (the lumber dealer labeled it as Dark Red Mahogany, might be Khaya?) to use for my Mother’s box. I milled it to 4.5” wide, though the final height of the box will likely be a bit smaller.
Additionally, I recently picked up a CMT rabbeting router bit set that came with a bunch of different bearings. I don’t know why it took me so long to get one, but man does it make things much easier.
Since there will be drawers on the front, I only needed 3 sides to this box. The rear side got rabbets on both sides with the new router bit.
Dry fit together:
The front of this box will be tiger maple. This maple was actually found at Home Depot. I’ve found that due to the number of Big Leaf Maple trees in the area, there’s usually at least a few figured boards in the pile, and it is cheaper to buy from Home Depot than my normal lumber dealers. This should match the fiddleback sycamore that will be on the underside of the lid nicely.
Additionally, I started working on the 2 veneered boxes. They are both going to be made out of 1/2” MDF. I’m using a splined miter joint to connect them together.
Of course, after I did that, I realized that in order to make the drop front on one of them, a splined mitered corner won’t work. So I will have to remake one of the boxes.
For the other veneered box, I decided to have a flat top and a curved front. To accomplish this, I laminated a piece of 3/4” MDF to the front panel of 1/2” MDF. From there, I traced my desired curve, and cut it out on the bandsaw.
You will notice that the curve isn’t quite even, so I chucked it up in the leg vise and used my block plane to fair everything smooth. Since it’s MDF, I didn’t use my nice #65 block plane, but the other old stanley I got for free.
That is where I currently sit. Not much time left to complete these.
-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.