|Project by greg48||posted 08-01-2016 06:00 PM||487 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
Got a last minute request from one of my fraternal buddies, wondering if I could find the time to build a replacement box for the set of officer jewels. The old box was from a set of Firmer chisels that someone had donated some time back (al least 25+ years ago) and the lid had broken along with the side channels. Simple enough request, and I had some leftover 3/4 red alder from the last project, which I machined down to 2/4 thickness.
I dimensioned the new box so that the medals/ribbons would hang full length instead of being folded and crumpled up as they had been. Thought of dovetailing the sides, then thought of box/finger joint, then settled on a simple tongue and groove joinery as I could set up all the dadoes and rabbets on a 1/4” x 1/4” layout, which simplified the project greatly.
Finished the box with Watco Tung oil and topcoat of paste wax. Finished dimensions are about 3”x5”x20”. Total cost: $0.00 for materials, 1 pt. sweat laboring in 105 degree shop, but it’s all good now.
-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"