|Project by woodreamer||posted 02-07-2016 06:41 PM||818 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This box is my first attempt at using bird’s-mouth joinery. I bought two router bits from Lee Valley, one 8-sided cutter and one 6-sided. For this box, I chose the 8-sided one, because I preferred that my first project would be octagonal .The included instructions from Lee Valley were very informative and helpful in setup and possible usages. The 8 staves that form this box were ½ inch stock of red cedar– 4 – (3 in. x 1.5 in) non routed and 4- (3 in x 3 in. routed both sides). It should be mentioned that these bird’s-mouth bits must be used with a router table and fence. The tricky part is to set the correct height and eventual depth of the cut to get the maximum surface for gluing, and the least amount of overlap of the joints . I went through several scraps of wood to get it close to where I wanted it. For the lid, I used the same widths as the box and reduced the height of each stave to ¾ inch. After cutting the pieces I used elastic bands for clamping. These bits make excellent glue edges. After sanding the corners round with a disc sander, I used cherry plywood I had for the box bottom. I decided to scroll a First Nations Sun (Turtle Island.org) which seemed to fit the surrounding shape of the lid. Brass hinges were used. The lid liner was stained with water based cherry. The box and lid were finished with an undercoat of clear shellac, followed by 3 coats of Polyrub . Thanks.
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