|Project by DLC||posted 07-14-2015 06:14 PM||1519 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
This is my first “commissioned” piece. A friend asked if I would build him a toolbox for the accessories he uses while doing a pig picking. I’m not sure if that’s a Southern-only term – it’s when you put the whole pig on an enclosed cooker in the morning and cook it all day for a party that night.
I always try to experiment with something new when undertaking a project, so the new element here was incorporating many curves. I used two different curves for the top and bottom of the handle, and I like the way it turned out.
The oak boards on the ends were obtained from a music department at my university that was getting rid of a lot of bookshelves. These things were solid oak boards, so I grabbed a bunch. As the picture shows, I planed off the old finish and stain to do my own.
For attaching the handle to the uprights, I made a shallow mortise before screwing it in place. I find this helps keep things aligned and also takes a lot of the weight.
Trying to cut off the dowels flush to the surface without marring the stain was tricky. Cutting with a sharp chisel using a swiping motion was the best way I found.
-- Daniel, Durham, NC