|Project by jinkyjock||posted 10-19-2014 04:09 PM||2117 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
this project again involves me trying to use up off-cuts and small stock,
of which I have too much to store in my small space.
I was recently given a box of oak flooring and decided to try and make some boxes,
using the oak flooring and some small off-cuts (under 1ft.).
Rather than just make one box I decided to try a small batch of 6.
Each individual floor plank measured roughly 2ft,
and as I wanted to wrap around the grain direction dimensions came out as follows.
1st part in the process was marking out cuts on planks and numbering to save confusion as batch progressed.
2nd part was breaking out stock for bottoms (all solid Oak) and trays.
Then these were put into my Plano clamps in batches.
The bodies and bottoms of all the boxes are Solid Oak, 2 with Oak lids and trays.
Trays are half depth (30mm) of inside sitting on inserts, with pocket at bottom.
But I decided to use other woods and finished up with,
2 Ash lids and trays, and 2 in Maple.
I then cut a groove for the bottom in all the planks before cutting to size.
I had made a small crosscut sled with a 45slot for the mitres and this was invaluable.
Then used a method I was shown for gluing mitres.
Slightly overlay mitres a hair, attach masking tape,
and as you flip them over there is slight tension in the joint and it pulls together.
the masking tape you see on the inside edge was to reduce clean-up of excess glue.
Then into a picture-framing clamp.
Trays were made same way but without clamp.
Ash lid was from single piece,
but had to laminate Oak and Maple.
Maple lid and tray.
Ash lid and tray.
Decided to then decorate box sides and lids,
set up table-saw to run a shallow kerf.
Then to the handles which are solid Oak treated with an Ebonising solution.
I decided to slightly off-set them to break up the square lines.
I finished the boxes with 3/4 coats of water based varnish.
To finish I would like thank a couple of LJ’s,
who indirectly helped me to complete this project. Geekwoodworker and Keifer for plans and video dem. of sled. Shipwright for methodology and video of Ebonising.
Thank you for looking.
Any comments/suggestions/questions are welcome.
Cheers, Jinky (James).