|Project by galooticus||posted 08-20-2016 09:27 PM||876 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
I’ve been storing my veritas router plane in the box it came in and decided I wanted to make something that fits all the parts better. So I made a dovetailed box with a sliding lid. This is my first project using dovetails, and it’s all by hand of course. The wood is ash. I resawed a 4/4 board so the sides are 1/2” and used the scrap for the bottom.
I made some tearout when planing the dovetails/pins flush with their respective surfaces. I was using a low angle block plane, which tears out badly when going against the grain on the face. Next time I’ll do this more carefully.
The top is a 4/4 board sawn in half and bookmatched. The top and bottom are made similarly; the only differences that the top has one side where the lid can escape and has a finger pull cut into it using a chisel. I made 1/8” grooves with my router plane, then planed some arbitrary angle around the edges of the top and bottom pieces so that they fit well in the grooves.
I’m experimenting with finishes on shop pieces. This is 3 coats of boiled linseed oil, sanding with 320 grit between coats. Later coats took much longer to dry, and are still kind of tacky. I don’t like the color either; way too yellow. I don’t think I’ll use BLO on ash for finer projects, or if I do, it’ll only be one coat.
This is my first time using (old brown liquid) hide glue, too. I’m (yet) not a discerning glue user, but so far I like it.
Inside, I glued down a couple pieces to keep the plane from sliding around, and made a rack for the bits. There has to be a better way to organize these things, but this is the best I came up with after a day or two of thinking.
-- Andy in CA