|Project by Bovine||posted 05-13-2009 08:11 PM||1452 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This is my first woodworking project. Let’s just say that I had a LOT of educational opportunities as I made it. The box is made of Padauk with a Maple inlay and lid. I finished it with a spray-laquer as I wanted a nice glossy look to it. I like the look of contrasting woods. I know that the Padauk will turn to a brownish color over time, but I think it still should look ok with the Maple.
Since this is just a simple inlay and it’s symetrical, I first inlayed the rough Padauk with the Maple. After a few quick passes through the planer to smooth it out, I cut the various pieces. My son designed the lid. He didn’t want it too fancy, so that’s how it stayed.
Lessons Learned (remember, this is a first project)
1. Even thought the Table Saw’s blade adjustment says 45 degrees, that’s really only a ballpark guess
2. Accurate 45 degree cuts are important for a square mitre joint (see #1)
3. A fine-toothed sawblade reduces chipout
4. Use the same mesuring device for all measurements.
5. Make all cuts a bit over, then make a final cut to size.
6. Sharp pencils are more accurate than dull ones.
7. Padauk leaves a dust that will speckle Maple. Once it’s in, you can’t get it out without some serious sanding.
I had a fun time making this!
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