|Project by tpmwoodworker||posted 05-31-2015 04:23 PM||1176 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
This is a simple project. But I’m happy how it turned out. I’m new to woodworking. And I’ve made several boxes to practice my joinery and sawing skills. My main goal has been to learn how to make at least (for now) workmanlike dovetail joints. This is the first box I meant as a finished product, rather than a one I’d use for tools in my shop. It’s a gift for my mother-in-law. This was done with hand tools only – dovetail saw, planes and chisels with a few sweeps of 220 sandpaper to smooth out the rounded edges.
It’s pretty self explanatory. Padauk and curly maple assembled with dovetail joints and glue. The top and bottom are also curly maple cut from the same piece of wood. The bottom is glued just long grain to long grain, no joints. The top is secured by one of those pricey Brusso machined hinges. Mortises are cut in the body and the lid and they marry up nicely, flush with the edge of the wood.
The idea for the oversized, rounded bottom and lid I got from what a Paul Sellers video. I’d been using rabbets to do tops and bottoms. But I found it more difficult than it needed to be. This was simpler and I think a better aesthetic result. Mortises are cut for the insets, as you can in one of the pictures.
It’s finished up with a wet application of Watco Danish Oil.
One thing I found was that Padauk was kind of brittle to work with, seemed to chip easily. Like a bit closer on the spectrum to rock as opposed to wood. Not sure if this was the piece I had to work with or the species. Anyway, it wasn’t so bad that I wouldn’t use it again. Just not the ease and workability of maple or oak.
Thanks for reading. I welcome your comments. I am here to learn.
-- Newcomer to Woodworking, Looking to Learn More