Got home from work today and jumped right in, cutting the mortises that I marked yesterday.
These are a snap with the Scroll Saw, after I drill a few corner holes for maneuvering the blade
This would work already but I’m choosing to make at least a Tray for now, maybe add a lid at a later point. So I’ll need to cut a slot to hold a bottom. I did that with the Table Saw, cutting a kerf wide, 3/8” deep swath and then kicking the blade over to widen it in all the parts.
I’m not using anything fancier than a drawer bottom as a bottom for this. After measuring I mark it and cut it, and then slap it in!
I re-thought the idea of the third rail in the middle. For one thing, this thing is as strong as the Dickens already! Secondly, my plan had been to through-tenon the middle one as well, but I’ve got an Arch sort of thing going on here. I’m no Engineer, but it would be like removing the “Keystone”, and weaken the top of the Arch…
Anyway, no middle rail… all that’s left is to drill some holes to insert pins into, cut the tenons to a more seemly length, insert the pins, and toss that other Steamer Trunk on top!! Hopefully, tomorrow… :)
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.