|Project by Timmy2Hands||posted 06-29-2016 11:30 PM||1474 views||15 times favorited||25 comments|
This is a simple, yet elegant, box with reinforced mitered corners, a raised panel lid, and grain matching around the outside.
The box is 4” tall 6” deep, and 10” wide.
It’s made with hard maple and walnut and I used hand tools only.
You can find a complete tutorial of this build in the guild at SimpleCove.com
Here are some pictures of the build.
Straightening and flattening one edge before I rip cut.
Rip cutting with my new frame saw. Here is a link to my frame saw build
I don’t have a tail vise on this bench, but I find that a wonder pup from Veritas and some batons work really well as an alternative and get out of my way when they’re not needed.
I used my plow plane to cut two grooves for the top and bottom panels.
I cross cut the board into the lengths needed for the box sides. This will carry the grain around three of the four corners.
I rough cut the miters on the bench hook using a “donkey’s ear” attachment to hold it at 45 degrees.
I then move the donkey’s ear back to the shooting board to clean up the cut to the line.
It’s now time to work on the top and bottom panels. I’m working with 3/4” stock and one panel needs to be brought down to 5/8” and the other will be 1/2”
I cut a 1/4” x 3/8” rebate around the edges of the 5/8” panel, leaving me a 1/4” x 1/4” tongue to fit in the grooves of the box sides.
I cut a raised panel detail on the 1/2” panel, this will become the box lid.
Even a small box has four corners, so I think eight clamps will be enough.
I used my tenon saw to cut slots on the corners to reinforce the miters. I also hand planed thin strips of walnut for the splines. (0.041”)
I then used my tenon saw to cut off the lid of the box.
When I was about half way done, I inserted my card scraper into the kerf to keep it from closing up on me as I finished cutting the opposing side.
Some sandpaper glued to a piece of glass got the mating surfaces flat and true.
Routing out the hinge mortises.
A few coats of Watco Danish Oil and some wax and we’re done.