|Project by CM02WS6||posted 08-28-2015 02:55 PM||1512 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
My son and I love to play Minecraft together, so I decided to make him a chest like the style in the game. This one is 24 wide, 12 high, 12 deep, made of soft maple and walnut, then topped with Arm-R-Seal. This was my first “box” project, and I had several interesting learning experiences along the way. First, I don’t have any idea of any box-making techniques, but I decided to make the corner joints with a type of overlapped “spine”. This was party due to needing a walnut strip on each vertical joint to match the Minecraft design. In the end, it worked out well after I learned several things about how to use the router table and table saw for better grooves.
My second interesting learning experience is alluded to in my engraving. I always engrave a to, from, and date message on the projects for my kids. However, this one has an additional “always craft safe” message, which uses the “crafting” term used in the game, and the safety part refers to an accident I had when building this. There’s also some blood splatter that I left on the part next to it to help drive home the importance. What happened was that I was using a chisel to try to take the corner angle off of the vertical spines, so that the 45 degree angle wouldn’t be seen on the top. I’m always careful with power tools, perhaps because the danger is more apparent, but I had an oversight with the chisel because I wasn’t familiar with how to use it properly. I was holding the board with my left hand and chiseling with my right. The chisel came out and ended up in the base of my left thumb. Blood sprayed everywhere, including the ceiling and up to 7 feet away. Luckily, I missed the tendon and bone, and was back to normal after seven stitches and two weeks. I now have a scar to remind me, and will use this example as a lucky learning experience to remember. It further sickened me to learn that violated all the basic safety rules of chisels after searching for only a couple minutes the next day. I’m using this experience to not only change my behaviors, but also drive me to do some shop projects that help mitigate some of the surrounding failure modes, like a proper workbench with vises and a safety sign with a picture of my hand to help me remember.