|Project by Jim Bertelson||posted 05-03-2015 10:49 PM||1099 views||1 time favorited||22 comments|
This is a small memento box, 4” square, 3” high, made to be buried with my wife’s mother. She died late last year, and her ashes were buried in Oregon last week in her family plot. It ended up being a somewhat rushed project due to unexpected job commitments. However, it was finished just in time.
I confined the main woods to pieces my wife Sherie had given me 20 years ago, while encouraging me to do some woodworking. The sides are zebra wood, the top and bottom oak, and the knob stabilized bird’s eye maple. In inside pieces are maple from the shop.
I just had time to apply two coats of wipe on poly, but it seemed adequate. I followed the general design of “Secrets to flawless mitered boxes” from the April 2015 FWW magazine. Making a box of this type was new to me, and included some new skills…...and fortunately the machines and I managed with only minor errors. I recommend the article to all. It is well written, and I followed it fairly closely.
I used Titebond III glue, I fastened the knob with a screw, and used Minwax Clear Satin wipe-On Poly for the finish, only time for two coats.
I actually resawed the wood in Anchorage, put the pieces in my carry-on, and took them to our vacation home in La Conner, WA.
Here in La Conner (still will be here another week), I purchased a Rigid R4331 Thickness Planer, taped two of each type of wood together since the pieces were short, and ran them through the planer. I then cut the dadoes on the Rigid R4512 table saw to the width of its thin kerf blade (a departure from the article) then cut the pieces to size. I made a temporary small sled type of jig clamped it to my Incra Miter 1000HD, and cut the 45 degree bevels on the table saw. Cutting the pieces to size and then using a sled for the bevels does follow the article.
I used blue painters tape for clamping, as suggested, for both the main box, and the inside maple box that makes the lip that hold the top. I did not use a hinge or a lock. The top was a very tight friction fit, adequate for this purpose.
-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska