|Project by gepatino||posted 06-23-2014 05:31 PM||1243 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
We were storing our grated cheese in an ugly plastic container, so I decided to make a wooden one.
The wood is Lenga (nothofagus pumillo), and it’s the second box I make. I’m pretty happy with the result.
As a noobie woodworker, and without having a lot of powertools (not even a shop or stable bench to work), I had to figure out to make some easy joinery and hide all the mistakes I was going to make.
So, I decided how to make the box base on my lack of tools and skills:
The box is made from 1×5 lumber. I would have prefered something wider, but in that case I would have to rip all the box sides to avoid it being too tall, and joining two boards together for the lid wasn’t a good idea since I only have hand saws (and a jig saw). So 1×5 for the whole box.
For the joinery, I found that these finger joints with the ends being longer than the join were very forgiving. Since I was going to have errors anyway, I decided to make it more rustic chamfering all the edges by hand, using a knife. I’ve this a lot around here in many wooden objects and even in construction (specially in columns/beam joints and window frames). Maybe it’s some kind of ‘patagonian’ style, or the local woodworkers also have their share of mistakes and hide them this way.
The box is glued and screwed (the joint were not that good), and screws hidden with dowels, which were also chamfered with a knife to make them consistent with the box.
I even choose wood with imperfections, like the pieces of bark you can see on the lid and some of the sides, making it a very rustic style and consistent in the whole project.
The little cheese slice was fun to make, just a scrap triangle, some random 6mm and 4mm holes, and some sanding. Then my daughter painted it and glued it in place. In return I had to make her a bunch of ‘cheesies’ to play with.
The finish is 6 coats of shelac, and then tried to do something like a french polish. The result is not bad, but I wasn’t able to make it shine in the joints areas. It was ok for me… more rustic to the rustic.
Hope you like it and you are starting into this beatiful world: don’t be shy, just be real about your skills and work with that in mind (I’ve learned that from golf).